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I’m reading Truman by David McCullough for background on the Inga thing, and happened upon the following:

“On occasion Truman could…rise to Roosevelt’s defense…. At a meeting in Boston in a room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel that fall [1944], halfway through the campaign, Joe Kennedy began vilifying Roosevelt. ‘Harry, what the hell are you doing campaigning for that crippled son-of-a-bitch that killed my son Joe?’ Kennedy said, referring to his oldest son, who had died in the war. Kennedy went on, saying Roosevelt had caused the war. Truman, by his later account, stood all he could, then told Kennedy to keep quiet or he would throw him out the window. Bob Hannegan had to step in and take Truman aside to remind him of how important Kennedy’s money was to the Democratic Party.”

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