Truman’s Wit and Wisdom

Truman on firing General Douglass MacArthur –

“I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”


Truman on Washington bureaucracy-

“A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.”


Truman on his upset victory in 1948-

“I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.”

Credit: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
Accession Number: 64-822

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