The Amazing Simplicity of President Harry & Bess Truman

The Amazing Sincerity Of Harry Truman
Harry & Bess Truman
Harry Truman was a different kind of President.
Harry Truman
was a different kind of President.  He probably made as many,
or more important decisions regarding the history of the USA as any of the other Presidents preceding him.
However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.
The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in,
which was in Missouri.
His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in
the White House,
they lived their entire lives there.
When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S.Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72.
Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.
After the new incoming President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves.
There was no Secret Service following them.
When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating,
“You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me.
It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”
Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing,
“I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award,
Congressional or otherwise.”
As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.
Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth.
Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices.
Political offices are now for sale.
Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed,
“My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician.
And to tell the truth,
there’s hardly any difference!”

harry truman

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953). The final running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the U.S. successfully concluded World War II; in the aftermath of the conflict, tensions with the Soviet Union increased, the start of the Cold War.


Truman’s presidency was a turning point in foreign affairs, as the nation supported an internationalist foreign policy, in conjunction with European allies. Germany surrendered a few weeks after Truman took office, but the war with Japan was expected to last another year or more. Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan led to a speedy end of the war but remains controversial. Working closely with Congress, Truman assisted in the founding of the United Nations, issued the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, and passed the $12 billion Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. Wartime alliance with the Soviet Union became peacetime opposition, and theCold War began. He oversaw the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and the creation of NATO in 1949. When communist North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, he immediately sent in U.S. troops and gained UN approval for the Korean War. After initial success, the UN forces were thrown back by Chinese intervention and the conflict was stalemated through the final years of Truman’s presidency.


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