THE PRESIDENCY: Old Act, New Lines

The barrage of political questions at Harry Truman's weekly press conference was interrupted by NBC's Earl Godwin. "Mr. President," he began, "I have a question which is obviously planted." Harry Truman laughed at the frank admission and told him to go ahead. Godwin explained that he had two friends in the theater business and they thought there was a great revival in vaudeville—which meant re-employment for a lot of people. "That is a planted question," said Godwin, "so please say something nice about it."

Harry Truman laughed again. That's not hard to...

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