THE PRESIDENCY: Poverty Poker

Harry Truman's March vacation at Key West was a success, by non-political standards. He managed to keep his work to a minimum and cut the number of visitors to a new low. The temperature was amiable, the water warm, and the poker brisk and profitable.

The poker game, in fact, took up the best part of the presidential vacation. Truman, Harry Vaughan, Press Secretary Joe Short, Air Force Aide General Robert Landry, Speechwriter Charles Murphy and the other regulars dealt the cards about 4 o'clock every afternoon. They played until 7, took...

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