As a political oracle, Harry Truman bows neither to man nor public-opinion poll. Last week, at his weekly press conference, the President cocked his head and assumed his wise, oracular look while the New York Times's William Lawrence asked a carefully framed question. "Mr. President," said Lawrence slowly," in General Eisenhower's book, Crusade in Europe, he quotes you as having told him in Europe that there was no position he wanted that you wouldn't help him get, and that specifically included the presidency in 1948.* I'd like to know if that applies in '52."

It certainly does, replied the President, snapping...

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