National Affairs: The Politician

The 13-car special train clacked alongside the muddy, swollen Potomac, through the apple-green Appalachians and across the Midwestern flatlands into the West. At the end was a bulletproof special car, the Ferdinand Magellan, and inside it was pessimism-proof Harry Truman, bound for the hunt.

Abrim with amiability and the verbiage for threescore political speeches, the President was off on a 16-state, 6,400-mile tour. Officially he was going to dedicate Washington's Grand Coulee Dam; actually, he had taken to the hustings and the back platform once more to lay fire on the Republicans, resell his...

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