THE PRESIDENCY: Winter Interlude

Both Harry Truman and the citizenry of Independence, Mo. have become so used to his being President of the U.S. that his annual trip home for the Christmas holidays—a ceremonial which once caused almost as much stir as Admiral Byrd's return from the South Pole—went off as casually as if he were still just a plain U.S. Senator.

Only a small crowd waited in the 20° cold at Kansas City's Fairfax Field to watch the presidential DC-6 Independence land after a four-hour trip from Washington. Kansas City shoppers hardly bothered to look as the President rode through town with his...

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