Television: The President's Week

It was like old times. There was Harry Truman ranting away in people's living rooms, almost as if it were 1950 and the old Zenith console with the round eye was down out of the attic.

Predictably enough, Truman was vigorously booting General Douglas MacArthur all over the inside of the tube. At 80, Truman seemed somewhat short of breath, but what there was of it would have curled leather. "Some of them get the big head," he said, assessing the man he fired. "I was the commander in chief, and I had to make up my mind what I...