THE PRESIDENCY: Spilt Milk

Between his week's more important chores, Harry Truman did penance for his hotheaded note to Washington Music Critic Paul Hume (TIME, Dec. 18). To his intimates, the President's moments of glum self-appraisal seemed mostly concerned with his daughter's instant reaction to the first news of the letter—her "absolutely positive" belief that her father would never use such language. The President was also a little taken aback at the worldwide sensation his mule skinner's phrasing had set off.*

During a conference with a committee from the National Association of Broadcasters, Harry Truman bemoaned the...

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