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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, August 19, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

August 19, 1952

I have quite a day. Eric Johnston came in at 11:00 A.M. and told me about the troubles of the Motion Picture Association. He told me how much Eisenhower hated Point IV. That was no surprise because Ike had told me when he made his last report to me on his return from Europe that he didn't understand Point IV and that he thought birth control is the answer. I asked him if he'd do me a favor. He said he would-if he could. I told him to make speeches on birth control in Boston, Brooklyn, Detroit and Chicago. He did not get the point at all. He is not as intelligent as I thought. Evidently his staff has furnished the intelligence.

Eric told me that he intended to support my candidate! Eric is for Point IV. He is also against the idea of forcing the Movie Producers furnishing their productions to T.V. before the Movie Theaters can show them. So am I.

Talk to Joe Keenan, A.F. of L., about the coming campaign, and Robt. Ramspeck about his troubles.

Had a grand meeting with Harry Seay and his friend from Texas.

Saw Albert Greenfield about an appearance Nov.11, 1952, at the Mayflower Hotel, D.C., to receive a gold medal.

Saw the Sec. of Defense about the distribution of Atomic Bombs, Ike and other things.

When I came back to my study in the White House after some other appointments at the office I saw Dr. Graham who pronounced me O.K. as usual.

Call the Boss (Mrs. Truman) at six as usually [sic]. All's well at home. Had dinner as usual on the south porch at seven and then trouble began.

Joe Short, Press Secretary, called and said that Margie's guards had caused an incident in the Swedish Capital. I called the Sec. of the Treas. and the Sec. of State to find out what the hell was wrong. They called Stockholm and finally reported to me that nothing is wrong. Some damn fool reporter wanted a headline, just as the same sort do here. I was relieved when the Sec. of State and the Sec. of the Treasury informed me that the Swedish Foreign Minister had issued a statement saying that the whole thing is a hoax.

Wish Margie was home! Called Bess and told her what had transpired, so she would not hear it over the news broadcasts. All seems to be well and so's your old man!


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