THE PRESIDENCY: Arms & the Man

Since the attempt on the President's life, the west office wing of the White House had taken on the atmosphere of a medieval castle. Only the portcullis and moat were missing. Armed Secret Servicemen and uniformed cops, the indispensable sentinels of modern day, surrounded the building and grounds. The street which Harry Truman crossed, to hold his weekly press conference in the archaic State Department Building, was blocked off by new picket fences and sentry boxes; of the many side doors in the building, all were locked but one, and that was guarded closely by a man who...

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