The day was cold and the reporters wondered if the President had his "wool-ies" on. "Just what you see here," said Harry Truman, pulling back the lapels of his overcoat. "Maybe you should have worn them," admonished Bess Truman.

Bess was right. Sitting on the Army side of Philadelphia's Franklin Field, the President found his box definitely chilly.

The Army supplied only a plain blanket for the presidential lap (instead of the electric blanket furnished by the Navy last year), and the electric foot warmer did not work. But Harry Truman cheerfully hammed a few appropriate poses for photographers, oohed and...

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