THE PRESIDENCY: Little Southern Pats

President Harry Truman gave no sign that he knew his feet were wet; he was peppy, dapper and punctual as usual, and he reflected a hearty good cheer. But there was something a little unreal about his brisk attitude of unconcern. The angry waters of Democratic politics washed muddily through the White House all week and the President scarcely moved without sloshing in the stuff.

He began his press conference by calling Columnist Drew Pearson a liar. The reason: Pearson's charge that the President, in private conversation with an unidentified Manhattan newspaper publisher,...

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