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The Unitary ExecutivePresidential Power from Washington to Bush$
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Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121261

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121261.001.0001

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Harry S Truman

Harry S Truman

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The Unitary Executive

Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Harry S Truman, who became president at a time when the world was consumed by war. Truman's decisive and tough character, however, portrayed him as “a supremely tough, decisive leader” who, from the start, was completely in control of his entire administration. Despite his initial determination to continue Roosevelt's policies, Truman soon realized that “there could be no Truman administration unless he had his own people in office.” He therefore acted swiftly to assemble his own White House staff. Six months into his presidency, only three of the ten cabinet members Truman had inherited from FDR remained. When cabinet members did not execute the law in accordance with his wishes, Truman did not hesitate to remove them or force them to resign.

Keywords:   tough character, Harry S Truman, decisive leader, Roosevelt's policies, Truman administration, White House staff, FDR, cabinet members

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