THE PRESIDENCY: Embarrassing Half Hour

Harry Truman last week decided to turn his regular Thursday press conference into one of his attacks on "newspapers and slick magazines." The half an hour session was very embarrassing—but not for newspapers and slick magazines. And not for Harry Truman, who is often blissfully unaware of whether his foot is in his shoe or his mouth. The victims were Truman's staff, whose unenviable lot it is to stand holding their breaths in dread of what the 32nd President of the U.S. may say next.

He began by reading a prepared statement in...

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