National Affairs: Just Cruising Along

Here it was October, with the leaves falling, and Harry Truman had not yet had his summer vacation. When he appeared for his weekly news conference, he looked a little like a man who could use one. The usually natty Mr. Truman seemed almost rumpled after a day that began at 5 a.m.; by late afternoon h's shirt was mussed and his four-point breast-pocket handkerchief had lost its Esquire esprit. For the first time in months, Harry Truman seemed to have a little trouble keeping the reporters in hand.

The conference had hardly gotten...

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