Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Speeches, addresses, etc.; Newspapers; Reporters and reporting; Truman Doctrine

Typed Note of President Harry S. Truman, ca. 1947. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

[Undated, 1947]

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But seriously, Gentlemen, I want to say that whichever of these methods succeed-and as I have said, most of them are being tested out today-this country of ours will move right along. Our system is fundamentally sound. This is the greatest governmental system in the world. Our press has helped to make it so. As I have said before, our press has done a particularly fine job in making clear to the people the full meaning of our policy of aid to Greece and Turkey. Our press can take some share of the credit for the resounding majority which the Greek and Turkish aid bill has just won in the House of Representatives.

I am not here just to butter up the press. I don't think it is perfect. But, it is the best press in the world and it is doing a fine job. It is an integral part of our democracy.

This year there was issued a memorial stamp honoring the memory of a great publisher-an immigrant, incidentally. One of his sayings is printed on that stamp. I am glad it is there so it will be read by everyone in our country. It expresses a profound truth: "Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together".

Gentlemen, again I thank you for an extremely pleasant and profitable evening, and I hope that you will invite me back to your next dinner.