Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, August 12, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

I took Mr. Stevenson and Mr. Sparkman into my private office and explained to them all the duties and obligations of the President, went into the budget, the legislative situation and told them that the Office of the President is the greatest and most powerful in the history of the world.

I gave the Governor the reports of the legislative program from Sept. 6, 1945 to date and also gave him all the special reports I'd had compiled from 1945 to 1952. Showed him that the program from the date I took over on April 12, 1945 to August 1st 1952 had succeeded.

We discussed campaign procedure, decided we'd both make Labor Day speeches and then that he would take the lead and make the issues and that I'd follow up in October and nail down the record. He would make the future program clear and we'd both wind up in a blaze across the nation.

Well we'll see!

August 12, '52

The Governor of Illinois arrived at 12:40 P.M. His plane was 20 minutes late.

We had pictures taken at my desk with Senator Sparkman behind us, leaning over looking at a paper (which was my appointment list).

Then we went back to the Cabinet Room, where we were briefed by a Naval Commander on the situation in Korea. Then General Bedel Smith told us about the far east, near east and the world situation generally. I pointed out the duties of the men present; the Sec. of State, Dr. Steelman, Adm. Souers, Jack Gorie, Averell Harriman, Leon Keyserling, General of the Army Omar Bradley, and explained the National Security Council, the Intelligence Agency and the National Security Resources Board.

Then we went to lunch with the Cabinet in the State Dining Room. Dr. Steelman, Mr. Harriman present as guests. All members of the Cabinet present except the Vice President, Mr. Barkley.

Everyone had a chance to say a word to Gov. Stevenson and Senator Sparkman.

I took the Governor and the Senator into the Usher's office and introduced them to the ushers, the head butler and others who were around, showed them the parlors, the State Stair way and took them over the second floor and down the State Stair way.

Showed them the White House Library, China Room, Diplomatic Reception Room, First Ladies' pictures, Doctor's Office and then to the Cabinet Room for a joint meeting with mine and the Governor's staffs.

I told the assemblage that our objective was to win the election, that I wanted to win as much as did the Governor. He said he thought that I was more anxious if that were possible than he was to win. Then I told them that I wanted my staff to give the Governor every possible help and cooperation, that I was ready to take orders that the nominee of the Democratic Party was its head and that all of us must obey orders. The Governor expressed his appreciation, and we adjourned.


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