Harry Truman made decisions with some of the longest lasting impact. Regardless of whether you approve or not, he lived his statement "The buck stops here." During his few weeks as Vice President, Harry S. Truman scarcely saw President Roosevelt. He received no briefings on the development of the atomic bomb or the unfolding difficulties with Soviet Russia. Suddenly these and so many other wartime problems became Truman's to solve when, on April 12, 1945, he became President. He told reporters, "I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me." When Japan refused to surrender, Truman, after consultations with his advisers, ordered atomic bombs dropped on Japanese cities devoted to war work. The two selected were Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanese surrender quickly followed. Truman created a 21-point program, including the expansion of Social Security, a full-employment program, a permanent Fair Employment Practices Act, and public housing and slum clearance. The program, Truman wrote, "symbolizes for me my assumption of the office of President in my own right." It became known as the Fair Deal.
Bob Byerley needs no introduction. His works have skyrocketed in value, many selling for tens of thousands of dollars. I feel his choice of Harry Truman to immortalize in his painting in 1974 was very appropriate. It was issued in a small edition of 250 pieces. I have not seen any come on the secondary market.
Size: The color portion of the print is 17 x 13 1/2 inches. Framed it is 24 x 22 inches.
Signed: Lower right.
Numbered: 105 of 250 Lower Left.
Condition: Very Good.
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