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Thread #155578 Message #3662245
Posted By: Don Firth
20-Sep-14 - 03:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
Subject: RE: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
Last episode tonight.
I'm wondering how much they'll have on Harry Truman's Presidency. FDR tried mightily to integrate the armed forces, but kept meeting a stone wall when he proposed it. In spite of his being a human bulldozer, he didn't seem to be able to bring it off. Seemed to consider it too divisive at the time.
I remember Clinton's relatively recent efforts to integrate the armed forces as far as "gay" and "straight" were concerned. Big problems. When he walked into the oval office, the Joint Chiefs of Staff had their heels dug in and their jaws firmly set. Then Clinton said, "How hard are you going to fight me on this?"
Dumb move. They fought him long and hard.
Good ol' "Give 'em hell Harry" did it the right way. When he decide to racially integrate the armed forces, same scenario. He walked into the oval office, there were the Joint Chiefs of Staff, heels dug in, jaws firmly set. Truman, aware that the President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, simply issued an order, then turned on his heel and walked out. No argument, no discussion, leaving the Joint Chiefs of Staff with their chins hanging slack.
Simple as that!