The morning was sunny and cool. The doors of the President's oval office stood ajar. Through the screens, the green lawns and flowered garden paths looked inviting. On the table behind the President's desk stood a pink jar with a bouquet of red roses.

The President himself was relaxed and smiling as he exchanged chitchat with the vanguard from the press associations who always lead the correspondents into the office. He did not have long to wait for the "all in" signal. Attendance at the President's newsless conferences has been dwindling since Truman entered the "cautious phase" of his relations with...

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