THE PRESIDENCY: Man of the World

In the U.S. Constitution, the founding fathers summed up Harry Truman's job in four brief paragraphs and summed it up well. But time made its own additions. By accident, default, assumption of powers and slow accretion, the presidency had become a lot more.

Last week Harry Truman, by right of office, was the presiding panjandrum at the nation's annual rite of spring, the Washington Senators' opening ball game. Showing off his ambidexterity, he looped out one ball with his right and another with his left hand and the game was on. He had predicted beforehand that the Senators would beat...

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