THE PRESIDENCY: Breathing Spell

For a few days last week Harry Truman had time to stop and catch his breath. The burden of crisis had shifted from the presidency to other hands. The tangled issues of OPA, the draft, labor legislation were squarely, if temporarily, up to Congress. Secretary of State Byrnes was off for Paris, trying to crack the Big Four deadlock on peace treaties. Elder Statesman Bernard Baruch was guiding U.S. plans for control of the atom (see INTERNATIONAL). Poised at dead center, the President had nothing to do but wait.

With Bess and Mary Margaret Truman off vacationing in Independence,...

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