THE PRESIDENCY: Independent Man

THE PRESIDENCY

Like many another U.S. citizen, Harry Truman had been planning vacations since the snow melted last spring. He had hoped to go to the Philippines, had planned a trip to Alaska. But he had stayed in the capital instead, watching crisis after crisis surge and ebb away.

Last week his hopes for a summer recess from conferences, official calls, paper work and Washington's weather finally materialized. Wearing his weariness with a jaunty and well-pressed air, he boarded the 244-ft. presidential yacht Williamsburg, set out on a dawdling, 18-day cruise into New England waters.

He was accompanied by four...

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