THE PRESIDENCY: The President's Week, Dec. 12, 1949

Harry Truman was in a holiday mood from the moment he stepped out of the presidential DC-6 Independence at Boca Chica airport near Key West. He paused on the loading ramp, grinned and held his broad-brimmed tan hat high for the photographers. Then, coming down, he shook hands with white-uniformed Captain Cecil C. Adell, commander of the naval base to which he was bound, and demanded:

"Tell me what the temperature is right this minute. It's 81, isn't it?" Then he added, with a nod toward his daughter Margaret: "She owes me one...

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