THE PRESIDENCY: Time for a Breather

For months, Harry Truman had been stubbornly resisting the urging of aides, advisers and his physician to get out of Washington for a vacation. The President, overworked and notably edgy, had his reasons: there were too many problems that needed his attention in the capital; furthermore, he would get a lot of sniping from his critics if he relaxed while U.S. Soldiers were fighting in Korea.

Finally, he gave in a little. Early last week he sent his naval aide, the chief of the Secret Service detail, an assistant and a communications...

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