Truman sworn in as president
TAKES OATH HARRY TRUMAN Mrs. Roosevelt Feels Sorrow For the Nation . Washington, April 18 (AP) Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt said, vhen informed of the death of the President: "I am more sorry for the people of the country and the ' world than I am for us." The First Lady received Vice President Truman in her-second her-second her-second floor sitting room which adjoins the President's bedroom. ' - She told Truman "the President President has just passed away." "What can I do?" Truman said. "Tell us what we can do," Mrs. Roosevelt replied. "Is there any way we can help you?" This version was made public by Presidential Secretary Stephen Stephen Early. Early called Secretary of State Stettinius immediately, explaining that he believes it is now the duty of the State der partment to issue a proclamation proclamation covering the elevation of Admiral Truman Takes Oath Before Justice Stone Washington, April 12 (AP) Harry S. Truman of Missouri was sworn in as thirty-second thirty-second thirty-second President of the United States at 6:09 p. m. (C.W.T.). Solemnly he repeated the oath of the nation's highest office brief hours after Franklin Delano Roosevelt Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Warm Springs, Ga. Truman is 60. It was a moment of significance to America and a warring world The transition in the nation's leadership leadership came when Allied might was nearing victory in Europe and when preparations for permanent peace even now were underway. Tremendous Task To Truman, one-time one-time one-time Missouri county judge, falls the tremendous task of shaping that peace so largely largely patterned by Roosevelt. ' Truman, his hand on a small black Bible whose pages were edged in red, repeated the oath after Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone. The scene was the cabinet room in the Executive offices of the White House, where for more years than any other President, Mr. Roosevelt had presided over momentous momentous meetings of his key advisers. advisers. They were there tonight to watch the slender, grey, former senator from Missouri inducted into the highest office. Family With Him Truman read the oath from a slip of white paper, swearing to uphold uphold the Constitution. He came to the end. "So help you God?" Stone intoned. intoned. "So help me God," Truman said. To his left was Mrs. Truman and her daughter. , Truman shook hands with the group around him, all with solemn faces, many with red eyes. Then he and his family walked over to the White Huse for a few moments of seclusion.