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