THE PRESIDENCY: Country Boy's Faith

When he got back home to Independence after 31,500 miles of campaigning, 64-year-old Harry Truman admitted that he was worn to a frazzle. But his manner was cockily confident. He called himself "a country boy come home," and he publicly proclaimed his faith in his lucky political star.

The President seemed genuinely glad to be back. He acted like a man without a worry. He had one day of seclusion with his family in the big, ornately corniced house of Mrs. David Wallace, his mother-in-law. He ate a big turkey dinner, entertained his...

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