THE PRESIDENCY: A Time for Firmness

Harry Truman strode into his weekly press conference with the wary, tight-lipped air of an actor awaiting the first overripe tomato. Too often, recently, he had gone in poorly prepared, fumbled his answers, and been needled into embarrassing admissions. But this time Presidential Press Secretary Joseph Short had equipped him with a sheaf of prepared statements, briefed him thoroughly on important questions, and even hooked up a wire recorder in the red marble Conference Room to help spot the reasons for Harry Truman's bobbles—and to settle any arguments over exactly what the President said.

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