THE PRESIDENCY: From Sunshine Into Murk

In Key West, switchboard operators and Western Union men urgently summoned the President's staff, his airplane crew and the press. Reporters came running in off the beaches in wet swimming trunks, and dashed into the pressroom. Then came the announcement: Harry Truman had suddenly decided to cut short his vacation, and would fly back to Washington a week ahead of schedule "for a meeting ... of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and representatives of the State Department." The reporters immediately began to clamor: What's wrong? A crisis?

Next day, Harry Truman sought to calm them as he boarded the Independence....

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