Harry Truman: 7 quotes for his birthday

When Harry S. Truman assumed the presidency after Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death, he became the 33rd President of the United States, and led the US through the conclusion of WWII before being elected for a second term. Initially Truman was unpopular with some Americans who viewed him as not quite equal to the highest job in the land. Today, however, Truman is widely viewed as one of the most beloved presidents in US history. His folksy sense of humor and political grit are exemplified by a selection of aphorisms in "Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists" by James Geary. 

1. Lively politics

Tom [Public domain], PD US Military, via Wikimedia Commons

"A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for fifteen years."

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