THE PRESIDENCY: The President's Week, Apr. 25, 1949

The millstones of the presidency had changed Harry Truman in many ways; they had sharpened his temper, given him poise, an almost cocky assurance, and a deep faith in his own destiny. But last week, as he observed the fourth anniversary of his first day in office, it was obvious that nothing had altered the President's Missouri flavor, his small-town neighborliness, or his appetite for homely jollity.

Up at the Capitol for the social event of the day—a buffet luncheon with the Senate—he seemed as delighted as a football star back for a...

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