National Affairs: Disenchanted Evening

They laughed when Harry Truman stood up to play a little politics. But before the evening was over the 1,600 paying guests ($100 a plate) gathered in Manhattan's Waldorf last week to honor Eleanor Roosevelt's 75th birthday knew that Harry Truman looks on 1960 Democratic politics, and his part in the show, as no laughing matter.

Truman's first job was to introduce the seven Democratic presidential possibles, and he plainly wore his heart on his sleeve. He breezed lightly over California's Governor Edmund ("Pat") Brown ("a man to be reckoned with''), New Jersey's Governor Bob Meyner ("in the spotlight of public interest"),...

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