American, Public Opinion, Congress, and the Cold War Mentality
"The President's job is to lead public opinion, not to be a blind follower," stated George Elsey, one of Harry S. Truman's chief advisers and speech writers. "You can't sit around and wait for public opinion to tell you what to do." He grew more emphatic: "In the first place, there isn't any public opinion. The public doesn't know anything about it; they haven't heard about it. You must decide what you're going to do and do it, and attempt to educate the public to the reasons for your action." 1 This unabashed stress on the president's initiative in foreign policy and the self-conscious notion that the "public" must be coaxed or "educated" into supporting what the chief executive has already decided underscore the point
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Publication information: Book title: On Every Front:The Making and Unmaking of the Cold War. Edition: Revised. Contributors: Thomas G. Paterson - Author. Publisher: W. W. Norton. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 139.