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and said, “Mr. President, I can't keep the press waiting any longer. They're just about to
come in on you.” He said, “Okay, you can have them come in in just a minute.” And then it
dawned on me that, as head of a network, I shouldn't be sitting back with the President.
So, I said very quickly to the President, “Look. I shouldn't be back here.” He said, “Why
not? You're my friend, you're working with me, etc.” I said, “No, I think it might give the
wrong impression.” Because the print media hated our guts at that time. There was
Was there anyone from the print media there?
In that room? No. They were all politicians (in the best sense of the word), and
Leonard. I guess I was the only other one--In fact, Leonard and I were the only two
So, I said, “I think I ought to be on the other side of the desk.” I got up and scooted around
the desk, just as the crowd was coming in. There is the picture the Associated Press ran of
the first press conference, in which the press is shown crowding around the President's
desk. I'm being squeezed, my head is practically on the table, because it was such a
Anyway, that's how I got close to Truman, and we saw a lot of each other. And I don't
know now where I was with your question.
I had just asked you to talk about the campaign and the election, so it's a perfect
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