Friday, January 2, 2009

Harry Truman: A Very Uncommon Common Man

I've made two visits to the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, and, in my opinion, it's a must-see for anyone interested in our country's history.

After stepping into Franklin Roosevelt’s huge shoes, Harry Truman had to make some of the toughest decisions ever facing a U.S. president. But you come away from the Library with a sense that he was truly a rare kind of man.

When Truman died, his only asset was the house he owned in Independence, and it had been inherited by his wife from her mother. No five-figure speaking fees for Harry!

Back in 1971, Congress proposed to recognize Truman on the occasion of his 87th birthday by awarding him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Truman declined, saying “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

Much criticized while in office, this country has finally come to realize what a great president he was.


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