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Harry Truman's farewell address from the Oval Office in 1953

On January 15, 1953, President Harry Truman said goodbye to the American public in an address from the Oval Office. He discusses the difficulties of the job he is leaving: 17-hour days, signing his name an average of 600 times each day, meeting with hundreds of people each month. Truman asks for the public’s support and understanding for the new president because "he can’t do the job alone." As he leaves office, President Truman and Mrs. Truman "hope and believe we have contributed to the welfare of the nation and to the peace of the world."

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