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Harry S. Truman
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Sen. Claire McCaskill said former President Harry S. Truman might have been "a little cranky" about her plan to rename Washington's iconic train station after him.
Two Missouri senators have proposed renaming the District's Union Station after former President Harry S. Truman, who hailed from the "Show Me" state.
Two Missouri senators have proposed renaming Washington, D.C.'s Union Station after former President Harry S. Truman, who hailed from the "Show Me" state.
Harry S. Truman said it: "The buck stops here." Every president has accepted responsibility for what has occurred during his tenure, what has happened on his watch. It is the president's responsibility to lead Congress to do what is best for the American people. The president is president of all the American people and he should act accordingly, especially in a second term, when he can rise above playing politics.
Almost every candidate who is behind in the polls invokes President Harry S. Truman's come-from-behind victory over New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey in 1948 to boost the spirits of their supporters.
By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt died in April 1945, his grand vision of the world was rapidly slipping from his grasp. Once Nazi Germany was defeated, FDR hoped to leave Europe to Britain and the Soviet Union, but he had no answer to the question of just how Britain was supposed to single-handedly defend freedom on the Continent, overmatched as it clearly was.
Aida Donald's "Citizen Soldier: A Life of Harry S. Truman" doesn't try to do too much. It doesn't have to. Truman has been the subject of several expansive biographies in the last few decades, most notably one by David McCullough. So it is to Ms. Donald's credit that "Citizen Soldier" checks in at 239 pages, excluding introduction, notes and acknowledgments.
Harry S. Truman famously placed a wood sign on the Oval Office desk that read, "The buck stops here." The tradition of the president taking full responsibility for what happens on his watch apparently hasn't been adopted by Barack Obama.
Jack Garner, a Texan whom Franklin Delano Roosevelt chose as his first vice president for "balance," put it succinctly: The vice presidency was "not worth a bucket of warm p---" (later cleaned up to "spit").