Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821; Truman, Margaret (Mary Margaret), 1924-2008
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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, June 15, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

June 15, 1952

Well here I am, Sunday evening all alone. Margaret came to the Great White Prison for the week end on Friday 13th. I went by train to Groton (rhymes with rotten) to speak on atomic energy for peace time use. Should have flown both ways but my staff decided that it would be bad weather going up. It wasn't.

The speech was semi political and evidently made a hit. I've never made a speech, since I became President, that didn't have a political flavor. It can't be done.

I've been prowling around the House trying to find my music books which were on the piano at the Blair House. The contractor who remodeled the White House gave me a gold master key to all the Yale locks. It opened all of them tonight but the one I wanted to get into! Just about the time we have things in shape to find what we want, we'll move out and then we'll never find anything. Lesson: Don't raise your boy to be President of the United States.

It is the greatest office in the history of the world. Not one of the great oriental potentates, Roman Emperors, French Kings, Napoleon, Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, Ghengis [sic] Khan, Tamerlane, the Mogul Emperors, the great Caliph of Baghdad had half the power and influence that the President of the United States now has. It is a terrifying responsibility. But the responsibility has to be met and the decisions made-right or wrong.

I make them as they come, always prayerfully and hopefully.


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