THE PRESIDENCY: Life or Death

The President seemed at his folksy best as he talked to his fellow Americans, via television and radio, from his White House desk. He tripped clumsily here & there as he read his message, but mostly he exuded persuasive sincerity, pugnacious impatience with critics, and flat sentences full of importance for the nation.

Harry Truman wanted the people to get behind his $7.9 billion foreign aid program. He called it neither "foreign" nor "aid" (two words without public appeal), but "mutual security . . . against aggression and war—through mutual effort, through the effort of many nations . . ."

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