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REMEMBERING PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN – THE 33rd PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES & AFRICA’S KOFI ANNAN AS UN HOLDS 74th SESSION OF ITS GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

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A President cannot always be popular. It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences. The President is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. (Harry S. Truman Quotes) President Harry S.Truman’s tenure as president of the United States marked a turning point in foreign affairs, as the United States engaged in an internationalist foreign policy and promoted international cooperation. Aside from the dark spot of Truman’s  approval of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that facilitated the end of World War 11, he is highly regarded as the main figure who helped to establish the United Nations  and other post-war institutions.  Truman’s October 24, 1949 speech, while laying the cornerstone of the permanent United Nations headquarters in New York City was highly emphatic about making the common good a top priority. A humanist, President Truman in 1948 issued Executive Order 9981, which abolished racial discrimination in the US Armed Forces. It set up the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity which successfully oversaw racial integration of the US Armed Forces. The 33rd President of the United States, Truman assumed office following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945). He previously served as a Senator for ten years and Vice-President for 82 days and stepped into office after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He was in office from 1945 to 1953. After leaving office, Truman spent his remaining two decades in Independence, Missouri, where he established his presidential library.  Harry Truman earned a reputation for efficiency and integrity, and instituted an ambitious social reform agenda known as the Fair Deal, which included national medical insurance, federal housing programs, a higher minimum wage, assistance for farmers, repeal of the Taft-Hartley labor act, increases in Social Security and civil rights reforms. FROM THE PRISM OF KOFI ANNAN: Truman had no prior experience in foreign policy. But Truman’s name will forever be remembered. Speaking at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Missouri, the second African to serve as United Nations Secretary-General, Iate Kofi Annan noted that ‘’If Franklin Roosevelt was the architect of the United Nations, President Truman was the master-builder, and the faithful champion of the Organization in its first…

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