THE PRESIDENCY: Change Anything?

THE PRESIDENCY Change Anything? What with the Christmas spirit and the nostalgia that beset him whenever he thought about leaving the White House, Harry Truman was in a generous and forgiving mood last week.

To Philleo Nash, his 43-year-old adviser on racial minorities (vice David Niles, deceased), Truman gave a promotion from assistant administrative assistant ($11,000 per year) to full-fledged administrative assistant ($15,000 per year). Nash will lose his new job come Jan. 20.

As another act of Christmas charity, the President granted pardons to former Democratic Congressman Andrew May of Kentucky and New Jersey's Republican ex-Congressman J. Parnell Thomas. May served...