THE PRESIDENCY: The Letter

All week long the President was out of sight, out of the headlines, and at sea. He spent the week enjoying a quiet, aimless cruise on Chesapeake Bay on the yacht Williamsburg. But out of the past came another one of his unguarded, pop-off letters to put him back on Page One.

The furor caused by Harry Truman's letter denouncing the Marine Corps "propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's" (TIME, Sept. 18) reminded a Colorado Democratic state senator that he had gotten a provocative response last year to a letter he had written to the President. State Senator...

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