THE PRESIDENCY: Inscrutable, Necessary Harry

Harry Truman has had his picture taken with so many visiting firemen that White House cameramen have reduced the rite to clockwork routine. Not a moment was lost when he walked out to the White House rose garden one day last week to be photographed with a group of United States Attorneys and their families. He took a place in the front row, the photographers lifted their cameras, and the visitors quickly stiffened and stood looking as though they were about to be squirted with a garden hose.

But suddenly there was an interruption. The President turned and peered, beaming,...

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