THE ADMINISTRATION: First to Be Shot

"Pre-press" is what White House aides call the skull-practice sessions they hold with the President, trying to anticipate newsmen's questions and how to answer them. For Harry Truman's first press conference since the news turned bad in Korea, they figured that the big question would be: What about the Republicans' demand for Dean Acheson's head?

Foreign Policy Adviser W. Averell Harriman and Speechwriter George Elsey came prepared with a draft of what to say, but they found that Harry Truman had already scribbled out a few words of his own. He read...

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