THE PRESIDENCY: Old Home Week

Harry Truman's holiday week back home in Missouri had obviously been "a very nice time," as he said afterwards, but he had made it plain that he had brought his work along. He begged off meeting with old cronies, vetoed onetime Partner Eddie Jacobson's scheme to make him an honorary fire chief and give him a red helmet, and skipped a party given in his honor by Kansas City's Truman Democratic Club, thereby generating a certain atmosphere of pique—the boys weren't really angry, but they were disappointed. Most of his days were spent in his penthouse suite at the...

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