President Harry Truman set an example for others to follow –

Harry Truman is remembered for his desk plaque that read, “The Buck Stops Here.” 
Also, he is remembered for the Truman Doctrine which was intended to fight against Communism. Truman knew how destructive communism really is, having dealt with the evils first-hand while in office. (Today, I fear that our youth do not remember and are not being taught what Communism is and how it undermines freedom and self-reliance. )
Truman was called “give’em hell, Harry” for his willingness to take a stand and not back down.
There are other things for which I believe he should be commended! He paid his own travel and food expenses.
Imagine a president today paying his on travel and food expenses!! I would be happy if we had a president who would put the USA ahead of their own political ambitions.
President Truman set a great example after he left office, as well.
The Trumans lived a very simple life without many frills.

Harry & Bess

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 32 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

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The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”
As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!



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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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