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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure


Most Malaysians of the so-called Y Generation might not know who Harry Truman (1884– 1972) was. Harry Truman was the 33rd president of the United States of America (1945–1953). To many Americans he was their last 'citizen-president'. A man who worked tirelessly and selflessly for his bosses. The American people.

Author Matthew Agleo has written a book about this man entitled Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure. Someone sent me a link to a page that highlighted a passage which must be part of the marketing for the book. I read it and I thought that it should be shared. So here it is...

Harry Truman
Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

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 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 were 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.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. (sic. Illinois )

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!

I say dig him up and clone him!!


Maybe he should have been a dentist in Malaysia.

NIAMAH!!!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

really selfless man...

Nat--

telur dua said...

Truman lived in the wrong era, otherwise some Malaysian dentist can really teach him a thing or two.

nstman said...

What a great man. Are you reading this great piece, Toyol?

Anonymous said...

ha2,

you really niamah. you calling our UMNO fellas whores. oops that extends to those fellas in PR.

good one.

GreenBug said...

RM1.68 million to bring family for outing at Disneyland....

Additional 8 units of apartment allegedly bought in his name in Mecca....

Wife chauffered in a RM800,000 Range Rover Sports....

RM135,000 watch from a state-owned agency...

Another state agency paid a RM1 million deposit for a Mercedes S500...

... and finally a Balinese mansion allegedly worth RM24 million.

Did they say MACC is independent and do not practise selective prosecution?

NIAMAH !!!!

EarthBug said...

Excuse me, MACC is independent? You gotta be kidding me...

Anonymous said...

When Zhou-En-Lai (周恩来) died, he only have one small house left.

When Zhu-Ge-Liang (诸葛亮) died, he only have one small piece of padi field left.

When Malaysian minister die, they left___________ , well.. you fill in the blank.

Niamah!!

Anonymous said...

actually that the dentist makes 50K a month is believable la... now e know why the MACC fellas are "toothless" when it comes to seeing his 'income'...

Anonymous said...

Now we know why those BN fellows had to resort to hirng PR firms to spin tales and to elevate their standing.

Anonymous said...

Lim Kit Siang has been adamant that the Utusan & NST newspapers are the real racist:

“When Umno’s two newspaper groups, Utusan Malaysia and New Straits Times, openly flout Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept, how is the prime minister to convince all Malaysians that his Cabinet and administration are fully, sincerely and seriously committed to the 1 Malaysia concept and that it is not just an empty slogan like his predecessor Tun Abdullah’s slogan of ‘Cemerlang, Gemilang and Terbilang’ as the fifth prime minister of Malaysia?” he asked on August 4, referring to prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s slogan, meant to unite Malaysians.


What do you think?

Mr Bojangles said...

Heard the Japs are not as enamoured with him. He did after all give the decision to drop Fat Man and Little Boy onto cities chosen specifically so that the horror and carnage would be the maximum.

And he was quite nonchalant about it all saying "The atom bomb was no "great decision." It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness."

Just so we don't all get too carried away by that man's greatness. Though against all the clowns on stage here anybody would appear an angel.

jejaka anggun said...

wow....

its hard to find that kind of people nowadays pakcik teo...

patrickteoh said...

Hello Mr. Bojangles. I hear what you are saying. But I wasn't trying to celebrate the man's greatness as a president or politician. Merely, his down to earth approach to the presidency of the USA.

Anonymous said...

"When Zhou-En-Lai (周恩来) died, he only have one small house left.

When Zhu-Ge-Liang (诸葛亮) died, he only have one small piece of padi field left"

When the Malaysian dentist dies, he has only one small plot of padi field left...for you.

rpremkumar2u said...

As far as the cosmetic dentist goes, MACC is definitely in-de-pan. Patients who are not mobile relieve themselves in the pan.

Anonymous said...

Mr Bojangles

If Truman didnt make a decision to drop that bomb, sufferings caused by the Japs would continue IN MOST PART OF ASIA until god knows when, and probably you wouldn't be here typing and saying Truman couldn't care less about dropping the A bomb.

Say, if you were Truman, what would you do? Please think from those who suffered from the war, and how they would wish it would have never happened; hence, 'righteous' is born in a sense that A Bomb made the Jap surrendered almost instantly. Pearl Harbor? Nanking? Jews massacre? Need to know more Mr Bojangles?

komando said...

let them eat and take whatever now for their bellies will burnt a million times in HELL, over and over and over again..that is a promised not to be questioned

rest assured.it will happen

takpe lah biar pi dulu makan duit haram boncit perut dan meletup dan muntah .....tunggu kau (COW)

Mr Bojangles said...

Hi Anon 2.37,

I do not want to belabor this point as Patrick may think this is one son-of-a gun who doesn't know how to celebrate greatness.

However there are some narratives that claim that Japan was willing and ready to surrender long before Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The real reason for the bombing, apparently, was to demonstrate US power to the Russians who were waiting like vultures to pick up the scraps and play at being a world power in the aftermath of the war.

But, as I said, they are narratives and I am no historian.

Anyway, I do understand Pearl Harbor, Nanking, the slaughter on the beaches of Changi, and even the Siamese Death Railway. But pray tell what role the Japs had in the "Jews Massacre"? I thought that was the handiwork of the Germans.

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

How we wish to have this kind of leader in Malaysia other than the "tempe" fella !

See ! MACC dare not to touch the dentist !

Nuffnang