THE PRESIDENCY: The Most Wonderful Thing

At 7:40 a.m., Harry, Bess and Margaret Truman drove down to the station through the quiet streets of Independence. Most of the neighbors were still sleeping late after a hard night's celebration. But Harry Truman was ruddy-faced, fresh and rested.

He joked and chatted with some 150 friends who turned out to cheer at the station. Then the "Truman Victory Special" chuffed away through the President's native Missouri on its last triumphant ride. Small towns flashed by in a blur of smiling faces and waving handkerchiefs; farmers saluted from the fields.

"Open the Gates." In victory, Harry Truman was happy and...

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