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January 03, 2009

Comparing Truman and Bush

Recently I paid a visit to the Truman Library in Independence. Before showing the documentary on Harry Truman, the director of the library spoke, stating that we never know when we elect a president what sort of leadership will be forthcoming based on their background.

In comparing Truman’s background with our present commander-in-chief, we find the following: Truman came from a poor background, had a limited education, went broke as a businessman and came up through politics in the corrupt Kansas City Pendergast machine. His mother-in-law wondered whether they couldn’t they have found someone better to be president.

Our present commander-in-chief came from a well-to-do, prominent family, graduated from a prestigious college, was chairman of the board of the Texas Rangers and governor of one of our largest states.

Truman and Bush have one thing in common: When Truman left the presidency in 1953, his popularity was almost as low as President Bush’s. Today, Truman is rated as one of the top 10 most effective presidents. In time to come, it will be interesting to see how Bush will be remembered.

Virgil J. Koechner
Tipton, Mo.

Comments

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TinaMcG

You're right about Truman and Bush having that one thing in common, Virgil. They are both painfully unpopular presidents at the end of their terms, or in Bush's case, his reign.

No matter how well the economy rebounds, no matter how things turn out in Iraq and Afghanistan...his Waterloo was Katrina, and he will never live that down. His insensitivite response revealed a man who is a very poor leader in a time of crisis. And don't anyone give me grief about how wonderful he was after 9-11. Katrina was the true test of how well his Dept. of Homeland Security functioned in a crisis. Katrina might just as well have been a terrorist attack. DHS failed miserably.

putkidsfirst

An e-mail written by a senior FBI agent in Iraq in 2004 specifically stated that President George W. Bush had signed an Executive Order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees.

The FBI e-mail--dated May 22, 2004 http://www.aclu.org/torturefoia/released/FBI.121504.494...
--followed disclosures about abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and sought guidance on whether FBI agents in Iraq were obligated to report the U.S. military’s harsh interrogation of inmates when that treatment violated FBI standards but fit within the guidelines of a presidential Executive Order.

The FBI e-mail was obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The White House had emphatically denied that any such presidential Executive Order existed, calling the unnamed FBI official who wrote the e-mail “mistaken.”

Arminius

"When Truman left the presidency in 1953, his popularity was almost as low as President Bush’s."

Actually, it was lower.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

LBJ was far worse. How many thousands of US soldiers were KIA during his tenure? Did he not implement the draft? Was he Republican?

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

of course Bush being blamed for everything under the sun is sinmply ignorant party/gang bias. Bush does a stimulus plan, he is stealing from our grandchildren, Obama is offering to do the SAME plan, he is GOD.
Bush made osme mistakes, howver he did not force Fannie mae or Freddie Mac to make poor decision fiscally, the Democrats at the top of those organizations did that on there own. He did not force anyone to extend themselves into excessive credit debt, people made their own decision to do that. Congress voted yes and continued to vote yes, hold them accountable as well.
After all, my point proven, Truman drops two nuclear bombs on civilians and Tracee thinks that is just fine BECAUSE he is a member of her gang.

Art Chick

Bush will maintain his place as the WORST OF THE WORST, likely for all time.
Were I a member of the Truman family, I would take issue with him being compared to the dregs of the barrel.
Just MY opinion...of course...

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Truman was a Democart hence does no wrong.

solomon

Klan vs Druggie?

ok,ok both were popular at the given time.

 
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