THE PRESIDENCY: President's Week, Mar. 29, 1948

Southern politicians were still circling the White House like Sioux menacing a covered wagon. A lot of the hallooing after Harry Truman's scalp came from men who simply enjoyed listening to the echo, but last week the President heard one statement which hurt. Alabama's Senator John J. Sparkman, former Democratic whip of the House, and hitherto an ardent Truman supporter, demanded that the President remove himself as a candidate.

"There is no use hiding our heads in the sand," cried the Senator. "People in the South are so bitter . . . that they will never accept him as a...

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