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June 30, 2013
I read with disgust Jules Witcover's commentary exhorting President Barack Obama to act more like former President Harry S. Truman ("Give 'em hell, Barry," June 25). You must be kidding, sir: Mr. Obama cannot act like Truman because he is nothing like that commendable leader. Truman would have had Eric Holder out on his ear. He would not need the IRS to attack his enemies. And he would have protected the U.S. consulate in Benghazi with all the power he possessed. The men that Captain Truman commanded in WWI claimed that they trusted him with their lives.
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By Matteo Faini | January 7, 2014
Fifty years ago, Harry Truman wrote an article in the Washington Post expressing his disappointment over what the Central Intelligence Agency had become. He had established the CIA in 1947 to provide his office with objective information. But it had since "been diverted from its original assignment," Truman wrote, and "become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government ... injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. " He wanted the CIA to be restored to its original intelligence function and asked "that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.
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August 19, 1992
Harry Truman is the Republican Party's favorite Democrat. He has been since Barry Goldwater startled his conservative supporters in 1964 with lavish praise for the president the GOP had learned to loathe. So it comes as no surprise to hear George Bush vow he will wage a Truman-style comeback campaign with plenty of "give 'em hell" for the Democratic Congress.There are obvious parallels between the re-election plights of these two politicians: Both running far behind at convention time. Both deadlocked with a Congress dominated by the other party.
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By Paul Greenberg | August 12, 2013
Dear Ex-Marine, It was wholly a pleasure to be told again that there is no such thing as an ex-Marine or former Marine -- because once a Marine, always a Marine. The same principle applies to judges, physicians and military officers. Semper Fi and all that -- always faithful. But what about those Marines who aren't always faithful? How else refer to, say, Lee Harvey Oswald except as a former Marine? What happens to those Marines who are court-martialed and dishonorably discharged?
NEWS
November 13, 1994
Just as wise generals try to avoid fighting the last war, so should President Clinton avoid strict adherence to the Harry Truman model for Democratic victory after mid-term defeat. His overall strategic goal, of course, is a Truman-like comeback for a second term in 1996. But the political realities of present-day America argue for a much different tactical approach.Mr. Truman veered leftward in confronting his Republican tormentors who controlled Capitol Hill after the 1946 election.In vetoing the Taft-Hartley bill, he secured the fervent backing of organized labor.
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By DEREK CHOLLET AND JAMES GOLDGEIER | June 11, 2006
WASHINGTON -- In his speech before graduating cadets at West Point, President Bush made clear who he sees as his historical guide: Harry Truman, whose name he invoked 17 times. "By the actions he took, the institutions he built, the alliances he forged, and the doctrines he set down," Mr. Bush declared, "Truman laid the foundations for America's victory in the Cold War." And now, the president argued, "like Americans in Truman's day, we are laying the foundations for victory." It's easy to see why Mr. Bush and others in the administration regularly invoke Mr. Truman when explaining their circumstances and choices.
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By DAN BERGER | September 9, 1992
The baseball commissioner's job is to save the club owners from themselves. They don't tolerate that.George claims the mantle of Harry Truman who came from behind in '48. It's really that of Harry Truman hounded from office as a bumbling failure in '52.Some other guy named Berger wants to tear up Baltimore County schools. Don't blame me.And to think that Gandhi formed his ideas for nonviolence in South Africa.
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By Russell Baker | September 2, 1992
GEORGE Bush is running as Harry Truman. Harry Truman did the same thing in 1948. Ran as Harry Truman. Afterward he said, "It was a lot easier than I thought it would be."That was the year everybody said Harry Truman couldn't win. Since nobody wants to run as a sure loser, Harry Truman naturally toyed with the idea of running as somebody else, but Mrs. Truman said, "Over my dead body." That's why Harry Truman called Mrs. Truman "the Boss."Afterward Mrs. Truman said she had no use for men who lost their grip on their own identities every time a political campaign came along.
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By DAN BERGER | August 12, 1994
If only Harry Truman were in the White House, he would invoke the Taft-Hartley Act, declare a national emergency, seize the clubs, draft the players and say, "Play ball!"The NAACP has gone to war against the NAACP.Leon Panetta is taking charge. He may even fire Bill.An agency no one heard of built a $310 million spy shop without telling Congress and to evade prying eyes put it next to Dulles Airport. And to think we won the Cold War.
NEWS
April 15, 1995
RECOLLECTIONS of where they were when they learned of Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, 50 years ago this week:"I was a teen-ager in Atlanta in 1945. The afternoon of April 12 I was playing basketball or volleyball in the 'large court' of the downtown YMCA. When the man who handed out towels in the locker room came up to the gym and breathlessly announced the news of FDR's death, three men in their 40s or 50s who were working out on the sidelines of the large court laughed, cracked jokes and danced a jig."
NEWS
June 30, 2013
I read with disgust Jules Witcover's commentary exhorting President Barack Obama to act more like former President Harry S. Truman ("Give 'em hell, Barry," June 25). You must be kidding, sir: Mr. Obama cannot act like Truman because he is nothing like that commendable leader. Truman would have had Eric Holder out on his ear. He would not need the IRS to attack his enemies. And he would have protected the U.S. consulate in Benghazi with all the power he possessed. The men that Captain Truman commanded in WWI claimed that they trusted him with their lives.
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By Jules Witcover | June 24, 2013
President Obama's second term is already beleaguered by the same barrier that stymied his first four years - a Congress that seems unable or unwilling to get its most serious business done. He looks longingly if not overly optimistically toward the 2014 congressional elections to bring him a Democratic majority on Capitol Hill that may be a pipedream. A previous Democratic president named Harry Truman knew how to capitalize on what he famously called a "Do-nothing Congress" in 1948.
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By Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy | May 30, 2012
"You will be our president when you read this note," George Herbert Walker Bush wrote to Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 campaign, denying Mr. Bush the provisional vindication that reelection provides until history has its chance to judge from a distance. Nonetheless, in Oval Office tradition, Mr. Bush left a note for Mr. Clinton to read on taking office, and it echoed the message of transitions past, even between bitter political rivals: "I am rooting hard for you. " Note the pronoun: You will be our president.
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By Paul Greenberg | August 28, 2007
What's wrong with George W. Bush? Doesn't he know America has already been defeated in Iraq? Doesn't he realize that as a lame-duck president, he's just conducting a holding operation? Doesn't the man keep up with the opinion polls? Hasn't he noticed the growing tide - the tidal wave, really - of anti-war sentiment? Shouldn't it have dawned on him, even in his snug presidential cocoon, that at this low point in his presidency, there's no hope he'll regain the country's confidence? Doesn't he read The New York Times?
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By Allen Holder and Allen Holder,Mcclatchy-Tribune | March 11, 2007
KEY WEST, FLA. // Only one road leads from Key Largo all the way to Key West, so you'll get wet before you get lost. For the directionally impaired, that makes things easier. Yet the 100 or so miles between Key Largo in the north and Key West on the southwestern end cover a lot of territory. The Keys comprise 1,700 islands, after all. Harry Truman visited 11 times between 1946 and 1952. Ernest Hemingway spent 11 years in Key West. I had two days to take it in. For the most part, U.S. 1 is two lanes -- sometimes highway, sometimes city street.
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By DEREK CHOLLET AND JAMES GOLDGEIER | June 11, 2006
WASHINGTON -- In his speech before graduating cadets at West Point, President Bush made clear who he sees as his historical guide: Harry Truman, whose name he invoked 17 times. "By the actions he took, the institutions he built, the alliances he forged, and the doctrines he set down," Mr. Bush declared, "Truman laid the foundations for America's victory in the Cold War." And now, the president argued, "like Americans in Truman's day, we are laying the foundations for victory." It's easy to see why Mr. Bush and others in the administration regularly invoke Mr. Truman when explaining their circumstances and choices.
NEWS
April 13, 1995
Fifty years ago today, Harry S. Truman awoke for the first time as president. His nation was stunned by the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose passing at the end of a wrenching war was compared to Lincoln's assassination.Now Mr. Everyman was moving into the White House. "If Harry Truman could be president, so could my next-door neighbor," was a widespread reaction.From the perspective of half a century, Truman's mythical next-door neighbor would have had to be one helluva guy. For the plain man from Missouri was to emerge as one of this nation's great presidents.
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By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Staff Writer | September 9, 1992
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- If President Bush wants a blueprint for an incumbent who is an underdog in his bid to stay in the Oval Office, he can find it among the memorabilia of the 1948 "give-'em-hell" campaign here at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.But Mr. Bush may need more than a blueprint of how an upset was pulled off 44 years ago, for at least three reasons. First, this is 1992, not 1948. Second, opponent Bill Clinton is not the stuffy Thomas E. Dewey. And finally, George Bush, as former First Daughter Margaret has reminded him, is no Harry Truman.
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By CARL SCHOETTLER and CARL SCHOETTLER,SUN REPORTER | December 11, 2005
American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman - and the Shoot-out that Stopped It Stephen Hunter and John Bainbridge Jr. The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch Jules Witcover The Johns Hopkins University Press / 368 pages Jules Witcover may feel he's still an ink-stained wretch at 78, after a half-century in the news business. But he has loved every minute he has spent in newspapering. Or at least pretty many of them. "I've spent thousands of hours sitting, drinking, singing, writing and only occasionally sleeping on whistle stop trains, press buses, and planes from New Hampshire to California," he writes.
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By Cal Thomas | August 8, 2001
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Something good might come from Bill Clinton's "homecoming" to Harlem if it focuses our attention on what taxpayers pay to subsidize all of our former presidents. Congress began helping out ex-presidents in 1958 because Harry Truman was a relatively poor man and because it was thought proper to help ease the transition of former presidents back into private life. Before that, no formal federal pension or any other benefit was paid to ex-presidents. Like most other government programs, the relative pittance ($25,000 annual pension)
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