THE PRESIDENCY: Make Yourselves at Home

Back at work and glowing with good will, Harry Truman wanted the balky members of the 81st Congress to know he was ready to talk things over at any time. To make sure he would be there to greet all callers, he canceled his four out-of-town dates for April—a speech at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology convocation, a trip to receive an honorary law degree at Boston College, a speech at the U.N.'s cornerstone-laying ceremony, a dinner for Israel's President Chaim Weizmann in Manhattan. Reporters at his press conference suggested that this...

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