THE PRESIDENCY: Before the Vote

As Harry Truman stepped off the Presidential Special in Independence, Mo. an expressman called: "Hello, you old goat." Replied the President of the U.S.: "You're a long-eared rabbit." Strangers might have been shocked at the exchange. But Harry Truman and the expressman were merely greeting each other as old political opponents of the Pendergast-Shannon ("Goats" v. "Rabbits")* Democratic rivalry in Kansas City.

The incident was typical. In the critical week before U.S. voters decided the new complexion of Congress, the President was all smiles, all affability, delighted as a schoolboy with such...

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