THE PRESIDENCY: Like Old Times

Harry Truman was out to see the people, to be seen by the people, and to put on the act at which he has no current peer.

The occasion was a trip to St. Paul for the 100th anniversary of Minnesota as a territory. Truman ordered the presidential train hitched up, happily climbed aboard his private car, the Ferdinand Magellan. He would make a "nonpolitical, bipartisan speech," he declared with a grin. What was that? Said Truman genially: "It is a speech that throws no bricks at any other political party." Big Bill...

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