National Affairs: Brass Bands & Boos

Like everybody else, Harry Truman could hear the cheers and brass bands, but unlike everybody else, never once bothered to stick his head out the window.

At the moment Douglas MacArthur entered the House chamber, Dean Acheson hung his black Homburg on the rack outside the President's door. After a 20-minute huddle with the President over foreign policy, he left. Then, as if to make it pointedly clear that he was not watching his TV set, Harry Truman emerged, climbed into his car ten minutes earlier than usual and drove to Blair House for...

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