Proud as a Missouri farmer showing off a new silo, Harry Truman took newsmen on a surprise tour last week of the $5,500,000 renovation job begun in 1949 to save the aging White House from collapse. In a jaunty powder-blue suit, the President was at his folksy best as he ducked and weaved among workmen who had seen him around so much that they scarcely bothered to glance up.

The party went first to the vast, white-tiled kitchen, a gleaming expanse of stainless steel refrigerators, steam tables and ovens, fluorescent lighting and an electrical control board big enough for...

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