THE PRESIDENCY: Fresh Start

Prime Minister Clement Attlee's arrival in Washington to visit the President did not stir the world, nor the U.S., nor even the capital press corps.

Yet mild Mr. Attlee's-journey to the U.S.—his fourth in four years but his first as Prime Minister—seemed highly necesary. Apathy, mistrust and confusion hung over the relations between the Allied powers. The happy agreements on generalities at Potsdam had been blown sky-high by the failure in London. The way to make a fresh start seemed to be through Anglo-American understanding.

Policy of the People. The Prime Minister had slept well on his 20-hour trip over the...