On April 12th, 1945 Vice President Truman received a phone call urging him to come quickly and quietly to the white house. At 5:25PM the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed him that the president was dead. He replied by asking her if there was anything he could do for her. She responded by saying: “ Is there anything I can do for you, for you are the one in trouble now.” Of all the men who had held the office as president, he was the least prepared. As president Harry S. Truman was responsible for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan ending World War II and finding America’s place in the international order at the start of the war.
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