If you know me well, you know I love good ol’ stories and American history! I love learning from the elderly…LOL! funny to type that now because I am told I am old at 64, I am ‘compromised’ I think that is how they put it!! I pray you love this story about President Harry Truman! He is one of my most favorite Presidents ever! He fought in World War I and loved his wife, Bess so very much and their daughter Margaret! A very loyal family man! Deep roots to his hometown like me! I don’t think we will ever see a man like Harry in the White House ever again, politics in America has turned so dirty…it takes millions to get elected… This may be my most favorite Harry Truman quote, “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” Years ago I visited the Truman Library
This story was shared by my friend Betty Eichenseer!
Thought you’d enjoy this!
It’s one you want your Children and Grandchildren to read.
They won’t believe this happened, but it DID.
Harry & Bess
(This seems unreal.)
Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 32 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 Independence 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 a year. 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 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, too many in Congress also have found a way to become
quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale (ie. Illinois ).
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!
We ought to have cloned him!
If you agree, forward it. If you don’t, delete it. I don’t want to know one way or the other.
By me forwarding it, you know how I feel.
Enjoy life now — it has an expiration date