THE PRESIDENCY: Little Picayunish Things

John Steelman, sometimes dubbed "Assistant President," is the man who keeps things from piling up when the boss is away. Recently, moon-faced John Steelman found himself at the bottom of a pile.

His boss, Harry Truman, was a little disappointed by the way the Vinson business had turned out (TIME, Oct. 18), and had decided to try something else. So White House advisers, including the President's military aide, Major General Harry Vaughan, cooked up another idea to spring at a strategic moment in the political campaign.

This one was to be an executive order....

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