THE PRESIDENCY: Keep the Guard Up

The big clock in the Detroit city hall tower was bonging high noon when Harry Truman, to the strains of "Hail to the Chief," strode to the rostrum facing crowded Cadillac Square. To Detroit's shirtsleeved thousands, celebrating their city's 250th anniversary, and to the nation, the President spoke a somber warning.

"We do not yet know whether the Communists really desire peace in Korea," he said, "or whether they are simply trying to gain by negotiations what they have not been able to gain by conquest. We intend to find that out . . .

"But whatever happens...

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