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January 22, 2017

The day that I walked with Harry Truman on his daily morning walk

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:09 am

When I woke up this morning and turned on the TV, I found that there was a lot of news coverage of President Donald Trump and the millions of women who are marching in protest against him.

This reminded me of the day that I walked along beside Harry Truman on his daily morning walk. President Truman was visiting the University of Missouri, where I was a student, majoring in Journalism. I was covering this story for the daily newspaper put out by the School of Journalism.

“Those were the days! I thought they would never end! ”

Truman was walking very briskly and there were hundreds of students marching along behind him. I wanted to get a photo of him, so I was running ahead, carrying two cameras, a heavy Speed Graphic camera in my hand and a Rolleiflex around my neck.

When President Truman noticed that I was trying to get a photo of him, he stopped momentarily to pose for me. Then he continued his walk. Unfortunately, I was so nervous that I didn’t get a photo of him, but I will always remember the day when the President of the United States was very gracious; he stopped and posed for me, a mere student.

What memories will young people today have of Donald Trump? Will they remember when millions of women marched to protest against him?  Will anyone have a memory of Donald John Trump being gracious?

Harry Truman was able to walk down a city street with no Secret Service men protecting him. Will Trump ever be able to do that? I don’t think so!

3 Comments »

  1. How LBJ got his money…His wife also owned a big radio station thats another story.

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — January 23, 2017 @ 3:59 pm

  2. Apples and oranges. This is not even the same era. Why don’t we ask if Barry or Clinton could have done that. No.

    While people are talking about Trump and his wealth,and how they fear it might interfere with his presidency,they forget one thing. He’s not the first president in that spot. LBJ ring a bell? He was a major shareholder in Brown and Root. Company here in Houston. Brown and Root had a huge construction contract in South Vietnam. Trump ain’t the first president to be a wealthy president. Just everyone wants to make a big deal out of it.

    Johnson got out of Nam,cause he made his money. Left us poor slobs with his bar tab

    Comment by Tim — January 23, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

  3. “Harry Truman was able to walk down a city street with no Secret Service men protecting him. Will Trump ever be able to do that? I don’t think so!”

    We live in different times with a whole lot of different problems.

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — January 22, 2017 @ 10:12 am


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