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!