Reporters had small hope that the President's press conference last week would produce any important news or even pleasant laughter. In three months, Harry Truman had called in the press only six times (F.D.R. averaged two conferences a week). On most of those occasions he had been closemouthed, cautious and clipped. Besides, Senate Minority Leader Alben Barkley had already popped the major White House news item of the week, when he announced that the President would again veto the income tax cut bill if it was anything like the first one.*

Sure enough, President Truman had his guard up. He said...

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