THE PRESIDENCY: Good-Humor Man

While his armorers, beaters and gun-bearers prepared for the big Western vote hunt, the President took one last look at his problems before leaving Washington, and decided that everything was fine.

At his weekly news conference, the President was asked about Senator Tydings' assertion that it would be remarkable if the U.S. and Russia avoided a war. The Senator, said the President, was unduly alarmed.

Did the President plan a big increase in the defense budget next year because of the growing international tension? No, Mr. Truman answered. The defense budget next year, he went on, will be smaller than...