Hesham A Syed

September 1, 2009

Harry Truman – US President – so different was he !

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Harry Truman US President – so different was he —!


Harry Truman was a different kind of President.  He
probably made  as many important decisions regarding
our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents.
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 IndependenceMissouri . His wife had inherited the house from her mother 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 Missouriby themselves. There were
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 quite wealthy while enjoying
the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. 
(sic.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!

Dig him up and clone him!!

 

 

 

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