National Affairs: Two of a Kind

Junketing through Central America last week, Major General Harry Vaughan, President Truman's military aide, stopped off in Managua, where Nicaragua's President Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza tossed a champagne party for him and his cornpanion, White House Physician Dr. Wallace Graham.

Preparing to board his plane for the flight back to Washington, Vaughan was asked what he thought of Strong Man Somoza. "He could just as easily be President of the U.S.," said the general. "After all, he and Harry are just alike. They both like the same things—a friendly poker game, a good story and a stiff drink."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!