THE PRESIDENCY: All Very Amiable

Harry Truman strode into his weekly press conference with the brisk confidence of a man on solid and well-scouted ground. In a mild, almost casual voice, he began by reading out a paragraph from his April 11 radio speech explaining his dismissal of General MacArthur: "The Communist side must now choose its course of action . . . and with it the awful responsibility for what may follow . . . The decision is theirs, because the forces of the United Nations will strive to limit the conflict if possible."

Once he had...

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