THE VICE PRESIDENCY: A Bridgebuiider

(See Cover) Reminiscing last week about the job that took him to the White House. Harry Truman told a piece of personal history in homely barnyard simile: "I tried to argue with those fellows at Chicago [in 1944] that I didn't want to be Vice Pres ident. I told them, 'Look at all the Vice Presidents in history. Where are they? They were about as useful as a cow's fifth teat.'" When he first said it, Harry Truman was roughly right; but today, any generalization about the uselessness of Vice Presi...

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