Harry talks to Ike about MacArthur’s “superiority complex” and his hopes to step down as president to become V.P.
Here’s President Truman’s diary entry from July 25, 1947:
“At 3:30 today had a very interesting conversation with Gen[eral] Eisenhower. Sent for him to discuss the new Sec[retary] for National Defense. Asked him if he could work with Forestal [sic]. He said he could. Told him that I would have given the job to Bob Patterson had he stayed on as Sec[retary] of War. I couldn’t bring myself to force him to stay. He has three daughters comming [sic] on for education and I know what that means, having had only one. But she is in a class by herself and I shouldn’t judge Patterson’s three by her. No one ever had a daughter equal to mine!
After the discussion on Forestal [sic] was over Ike & I visited and talked politics. He is going to Columbia U[niversity] in NY as President. What a job he can do there. He’ll do it too. We discussed MacArthur and his superiority complex. Read More.
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