THE PRESIDENCY: You Know Me, Al

In the turbulent spring of 1946, when the U.S. was paralyzed by a railroad strike, Harry Truman stormed into Congress and gave Alexander Fell Whitney, co-leader of the strike, one of the savagest verbal rawhidings ever dealt a private citizen by a President of the U.S. With that, he broke the strike. Beaten and embittered, Al Whitney swore that he would use his union's last penny to humiliate and defeat Truman. "You can't make a President out of a ribbon clerk," he bellowed.

One day last week the door to the President's Oval Study swung open...

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