Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Speaking of Running Mates

While watching Jeopardy today they had a question about the connection between President Truman and President Eisenhower summarized in this article:

Harry Truman always denied that while in the White House he entertained the idea of having Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower run for president in 1948 -- with Truman as his running mate.

But a newly discovered diary written by the nation's 33rd president reveals that Truman did make the offer while talking politics one summer afternoon with Eisenhower. Truman worried that Gen. Douglas MacArthur would run for president on the Republican ticket.

I totally missed out on this story when it first came out and I find it fascinating...this would never happen today...

On a sad note, President Truman's daughter, the famous author Margaret Truman, died on Tuesday. I particularly love her book Murder in the White House.

Menomena -- Running
From the album Friend and Foe.