THE PRESIDENCY: Cherries & Monuments

Standing in the shadow of the Washington Monument one day last week, Harry Truman, forgetting for the moment his inter-party struggles, spoke familiarly and engagingly of his childhood, of the Republic, and of his predecessors in the White House. Just 100 years ago, the cornerstone of the monument had been laid. In Harry Truman's hand was a gavel, used in the 1848 ceremonies attended by President Polk and used before that by George Washington when he laid the cornerstone of the Capitol.

Morning Swim. Said Harry Truman: "When I was asked to appear here today, I began to think of my...

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