Don't be a sorehead, was the advice Jimmy Byrnes heard from his friend Marvin Jones, the Texas politician and national food administrator. Byrnes telephoned Jones soon after he had returned to Washington from the Chicago convention in late July 1944. "Byrnes was angry as he could be at Roosevelt," Jones later recalled. "He didn't say a word against Truman. He still thought Truman was above board on everything." But if Harry Truman was above board, then the man who was captain of the Democratic party's political ship was not, in Byrnes' opinion. "Roosevelt misled me," Jones recalled being told by Byrnes. The South Carolinian continued to speak about his hurt feelings at being refused the president's support at the convention. "I thought I had the assurance. It embarrasses me," he said. Then, considering his return that week to his desk at the OWM, Byrnes added, "I think I'm going to resign right at once this position."
"Jimmy, don't you do that," Jones cautioned the nation's war mobilizer and his old southern friend, speaking softly into the telephone receiver. "If you do that, they'll accuse you of being a sorehead. You continue on here for a while, anyway, and don't let them misjudge you." Marvin Jones