THE PRESIDENCY: Morning Stroll

Fully an hour before Harry Truman tumbled out of bed at his usual 6 a.m., an earlier bird in the same nest had beaten him to it. In the stillness of Blair House, another President, Brazil's Eurico Caspar Dutra, also true to his old-soldier habit, had already shaved and breakfasted. Coming down stairs later, Harry Truman invited his overnight guest along on his regular morning stroll. Long before the high priests of protocol were up to bother them, the two Presidents ambled leisurely in the capital's cool, clear morning.

Harry Truman had...

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