National Affairs: Maybe I Wouldn't Be Pres.

"Stalin," said Harry Truman at the Potsdam Conference, "is as near like Tom Pendergast as any man I know." Reminiscing later, he added: "I got the impression that Stalin would stand by his agreements, and also that he had a Politburo on his hands like the 80th Congress."

By that time it was apparent that Uncle Joe was not so much like Uncle Tom as Harry Truman once thought, and the Politburo was a lot more subservient than the balky 80th Congress. While Harry Truman cast his mind back over the years, onetime White House Aide Jonathan Daniels listened carefully and jotted...

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