Truman Presidential Museum & Library

Saturday 26th January: We headed for the Truman Library (museum) on Saturday. group_pic_reduced.jpgI was expecting to have a semi-bland time but harryi_reduced.jpgwas very impressed by the multimedia presentations throughout the library. I’m no historian, so I was only really familiar with the fact that President Truman was the head-honcho when things weren’t going so well with Japan, and that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were ultimately his decision during the catastrophic times that were August 1945. One thing I think we unanimously agreed upon was that there was huge amount of spin put on alot of the content in the library, obviously, and why not I suppose. I’m sure if we went to a similar museum in Japan it’d be the same. Regardless of this, Truman appears to have been a truly great man. An intro to Harry S. Truman, as written in the Library:

“When Franklin Roosevelt died of a sudden, massive stroke on April 12, 1945, a relatively unknown and untested man (from Missouri) named Harry truman became president of the United States. Few knew what to expect of the man who now occupied the most powerful office in the world. During Truman’s first days in office he faced some of the most difficult decision encountered by any president in our history”

His first press conference after being sworn in on April 13 1945:
“Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now. I don’t know whether you fellows ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me yesterday what had happened, I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me”

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