THE PRESIDENCY: Finger Waggings & Fireworks

Harry Truman sounded like a desperate football coach talking to a team that was leading at half time, but apt to lose the game if it got too cocky. He hammered at that one theme: this may look good, but don't relax; the toughest part is ahead.

Under glaring lights at the Washington Monument, he first had a few words of praise. "Men of the armed forces in Korea, you will go down in history as the first army to fight under a flag of a world organization in the defense of human freedom . . . Victory may be...

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