Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Patton, has some fascinating historical footnotes.
In the description of the Potsdam Conference with Stalin and Churchill, one of the staff army officers was overheard saying to President Harry Truman that he could “arrange anything you like while you’re here – anything in the way of wine and women.”
Truman erupted with his famous volcanic temper, saying,
“I married my sweetheart. She doesn’t run around on me and I don’t run around on her. And I want that understood. Don’t ever mention that kind of stuff to me again.”
Given the habits of F.D.R. and Eisenhower, it wasn’t a surprising offer from the officer. Ah, but the man from Missouri, his answer was classic! And it speaks volumes about the commitments he made.