It will be a sad day for him & in a way for the country, if he runs for President. He will run, but as a hero he will be tarnished & it will get worse & worse. We need our heroes & we need him here & I doubt if we need him more as President.
I'd rather see Truman back if he'll really clean house!
So Mrs. Roosevelt wrote about General Eisenhower on January 21, 1952, from the Paris General Assembly. 1
Her candidate was Adlai Stevenson, who, she thought, "would make a good President but I doubt if he can get the nomination." This was before she left for India. By the time she returned Truman had announced his decision not to run again, thus clearing the way for other candidates. But Stevenson was proving equally reluctant to run. He told Truman early in March that he had made a commitment to the people of Illinois to run for re-election as governor, and he did not feel he could go back on that pledge. Several people came to ask her to urge Stevenson to run. "I will be for him if he runs," she told them, "but he has to make the decision himself whether or not to run." She could understand his feeling that if Eisenhower was the Republican candidate he would be in a better position to lead the Democratic party after 1952 as the successful governor of Illinois than as the defeated candidate for president. "Governor Stevenson has bowed himself out which I deeply regret," she wrote Chester Bowles in April, 1952, "and New York is making