Dropping into the White House for a visit, New York Star Publisher Bartley Crum asked: "By the way, Mr. President, what exactly made you decide to run?" Glancing around the room, Harry Truman replied with a grin: "Where would I ever find another house like this?" This tidbit was reported by a gossip columnist last week. But by last week it was apparent that it would take more than wisecracks to keep Candidate Truman from househunting next winter.

Political prophets like Pollster Elmo Roper were publicly advising the President to throw in the sponge (see above). Eleanor Roosevelt practically conceded...

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