What Truman knew: The presidency's a big job

Seventy years ago this month, Harry S. Truman was thrust into the presidency upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Did a hand-wringing press make excuses for the newly minted vice president when FDR's untimely death foisted presidential duties upon him after less than three months?  In the midst of World War II, Mr. Truman did indeed have big shoes to fill and the grave responsibility to continue the fight against the tyrannical Axis powers of Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese, who threatened to plunge the globe into perpetual totalitarian darkness.  Did he petulantly stamp his foot, grouse, and curse the heavens for his fate?  No – Mr. Truman, a farm boy in his youth, put the plow to work a politically scorched earth.  His motto: "The Buck Stops Here," a desk sign displayed proudly in the Oval Office.  With victory seriously in doubt and millions of lives hanging in precarious balance, were...(Read Full Post)