THE PRESIDENCY: Kitten on the Keys

Even sad-eyed Charley Ross, the President's press secretary, was hard put to hide his smile. Gravely he introduced the bespectacled, sunburned little man in the seersucker suit to the morning press conference at Key West, Fla. "We have with us today a distinguished contributor to the Federal Register" said Ross. As the score of grinning correspondents and photographers could plainly see, the contributor was Harry Truman, who pulled up a wide-armed writing chair, sat down and posed a gold pen over a Western Union press form.

The pen scratched vigorously as Ross droned on: "The President of the United States...

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