THE PRESIDENCY: The Hired Man

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In depots and on porches, at crossings and atop boxcars, people gathered in little clots to watch the train roll through. When it stopped in the tank towns of Nebraska and Iowa, in the farming centers of Idaho and Washington, in the mining towns in Montana, the crowds swarmed around the rear platform yelling "Hi, Harry." Harry Truman, President of the U.S. and crack politician, was on tour.

"I am talking to you as your hired man," Harry Truman told them. "I have come out here to tell you just exactly what...

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