Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971; Crim, Howell G., d. 1959; Truman, Bess Wallace, 1885-1982; Brannan, Charles F. (Charles Franklin), 1903-1992; McKinney, Frank E. (Frank Edward), 1904-1974; Bray, William J., 1903-; Chapman, Oscar L. (Oscar Littleton), 1896-1978;
Speeches, addresses, etc.; Presidential residences; Building repair and reconstruction

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, March 27, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

March 27, 1952

Arrived from Key West at six this afternoon. Had good sunny vacation. Wrote and rewrote a speech for the Jefferson Jackson Dinner Saturday 29th. Had a chance to read all the piled up documents and file most of them.

Mrs. Truman was on hand to meet me, as was Dean Acheson, Charlie Sawyer, Charlie Brannan, Oscar Chapman, Frank McKinney, Bill Bray, Com. Donohue and newsmen, photographers and visiting young people.

The "boss" and I were formally received at the Pennsylvania Ave. entrance to the renovated White House by all four ushers, the butlers, doormen and by Mr. Larson & Mr. Reynolds. Mr. Larson gave me a gold key to the House, which Mr. Crim assured me would not open any door on the place.

Bess & I looked over the East Room, Green Room, Blue Room, Red Room and State Dining Room. They are lovely. So is the hall and state stairway. I had dinner alone in the family dining room-Bess had to go to the Shoreham to a Salvation Army affair.

I spent the evening going over the house. With all the trouble and worry it is worth it-but not 5 1/2 million dollars! If I could have had charge of the construction it would have been done for half the money and in half the time!


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