The Era of Hard Feelings,
Having been buffeted by the media, the voters, and even his own party leaders through much of his first three-plus years in the White House, the president felt vindicated by the results of the 1948 election. “More than anything else,” wrote Newsweek, “the election … convinced Harry S. Truman that Harry S. Truman was usually right.” Truman's troops rallied around him almost immediately. Within the Democratic party, the liberal wing was ascendant. The ADA drew up ambitious plans for conferences and legislation, and its chairman, newly elected Senator Hubert Humphrey, symbolized the group's new focus on youth and the future. Humphrey soon had to resign his ADA office due to his Senate duties, and the group's treasury was to prove woefully inadequate to its ambitions, but in the days after Truman's election, all things seemed possible to organized liberalism.
The president signaled his intention to take the offensive with the new Congress, issuing a call from Key West, where he was vacationing, for a “reappraisal” of the State of the Union. Virtually every major executive agency set to work to produce contributions