Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965; Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985; Dodge, Joseph M. (Joseph Morrell), 1890-1964
Presidential transitions; Korean War, 1950-1953; Presidential advisors

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, November 15, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

November 15, 1952

Since Nov. 4 things have moved very fast. The office work of the President has almost doubled. The President-elect has been coy about co-operating for the turnover. All that the present incumbent wants is an orderly transfer of authority. Ike and his advisors are afraid of some kind of trick. There are no tricks.

Affairs, foreign and domestic, must be discussed and the new President should be in a position to take over a going program.

I am very much afraid that Ike's advisors have convinced him that he is dealing with a man who wants to embarrass him. That is not true. All I want to do is to make an orderly turnover. It has never been done.

So I sent him messages urging that he have a representative to familiarize himself with the budget, and one to acquaint himself, and Ike, with foreign affairs, defense and finance.

The General finally awoke to the necessity and appointed Mr. Dodge, a capable Detroit banker, and Cabot Lodge, Jr., as his representatives.

The General made a number of commitments in his campaign speeches, among them a trip to Korea. I wish he had not done that. I have arranged for him to use the Presidential Plane, the Independence, for the trip. He will find things just as he has been briefed. What he can do to ease the tension among the mothers, the wives, the sisters and cousins and the aunts, I don't know. I sincerely wish he didn't have to make the trip. It is an awful risk. If he should fail to come back I wonder what would happen. May God protect him.

It seems that the people think I have lost an election and have been discredited. I wonder.

My good for nothing, highjacking, blackmailing Kansas City Star has decided that "Truman was a Drag" to Stevenson. Republicans and the Republican-controlled press agree. The Governor and Democrats do not. I do not know. I was paying my debt to the Party for being so good to me. Most top politicos in both parties fail to understand such an unheard of attitude.

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