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Harry S. Truman
1945-1953

President Harry S. Truman.  Source: Truman Library.

The Public Papers of Harry S. Truman contain most of President Truman's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks. Documents such as Proclamations, Executive Orders, and similar documents that are published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations, as required by law, are usually not included. The documents within the Public Papers are arranged in chronological order. President Truman delivered the remarks or addresses from Washington, D. C., unless otherwise indicated. The White House in Washington issued statements, messages, and letters unless noted otherwise. (Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1966)

The Public Papers contain items such as the Statement by the President Announcing the Use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), the Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (March 12, 1947), the White House Statement Announcing Recognition of the Government of Israel (January 31, 1949), the Statement and Order by the President on Relieving General MacArthur of His Commands (April 11, 1951), and The President's Farewell Address to the American People (January 15, 1953).


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Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.
 178.  The President's News Conference
August 19, 1948

THE PRESIDENT. I have no statements for you this morning, but I will try to answer questions, if you have any.

[1.] Q. Mr. President, do you know where we can get a boat to [Laughter].

THE PRESIDENT. Tony,1 I see a great many boats down there on the wharf all tied up, I thought you could hire one of those. Somebody told me that you were going to get Joe Grundy's yacht.

1 Ernest B. Vaccaro of the Associated Press.

Q. We haven't had any luck, and we have scoured all the waterfronts.

THE PRESIDENT. I'm sorry. I wish I had one to give you, but I haven't.

Q. Have you got any Democratic friends with yachts?

THE PRESIDENT. The only Democratic friend I have who has a yacht is in it now, and down in the Caribbean somewhere, and that's Joe Davies.

Q. I understand he just started.

THE PRESIDENT. Yes, I understand that is so. I don't think he would let you have it, though, because it's too fine for you fellows to tear up. [Laughter]

[2.] Q. Mr. President, are you going into Miami to speak during the campaign, at the American Legion--

THE PRESIDENT. The decision has not yet been reached on that. I will let you know in plenty of time.

Q. Mr. President, there is a report out that you are going to Tennessee. Anything to it?

THE PRESIDENT. I will give you definite information on the places where I intend to go as soon as the itinerary is made up. No decision has been reached yet as to where I will go, except to Detroit.

[3.] Q. Mr. President, could you tell us what progress, if any, has been made in Moscow on the four-power talks?

THE PRESIDENT. I Can make no comment on that.

[4.] Q. Mr. President, what do you think of Governor Dewey personally?

THE PRESIDENT. Well, I like him personally.

Q. Sir?

THE PRESIDENT. I like him personally. I have been with him on several occasions. We have had very pleasant relations.

[5.] Q. Mr. President, is it your idea that Federal Reserve should use its new powers over bank credit immediately?

THE PRESIDENT. Certainly. That is what the bill was passed for, and they will use them as promptly as they can arrange them. Those things can't be done in a minute. It takes time to work them out because there are 12 Federal Reserve banks in the country, and they all have to be unanimous on a thing of that sort. It takes some time to get things worked out, but it will be, just as 'promptly as it possibly can.

[6.] Q. Mr. President, a week or two ago you said that there was a good chance of an oil shortage on the east coast this winter. The oil industry now seems to think that there is plenty of supply.

THE PRESIDENT. I sincerely hope that the oil industry is right. I doubt it very much. It depends, of course, on whether we have a hard winter or not.

[7.] Q. What do you think of the actions of the Soviet schoolteachers in New York? 1

THE PRESIDENT. Well, I think that the ac ...
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