National Affairs: Fire Trap

At virtually every whistle stop during his campaign tours, President Harry Truman humorously asked the voters to re-elect him because "then I won't be troubled with the housing problem." By last week it had become apparent that re-election wasn't going to solve the problem, even for Harry Truman. An engineering survey of the 150-year-old White House showed that it was little better than a fire trap, so weakened by age and by stresses set up as a result of haphazard patching and alteration that it could not be made safe without major repairs.


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