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be found out that wasn't known, what money could do for research.

Q:

So, he was not only not a help but also a detriment...

Lasker:

He was really a hindrance, because we couldn't get him to do anything. He just didn't understand the needs.

Q:

I suppose the President relied on him...

Lasker:

Oh, yes, because he was a doctor and he thought he was a sensible man and must know what all this was about, you know.

Well, one day we went to visit Mr. Truman in early 1952, and we asked him why didn't he run again, and I've described what he said: that Mrs. Truman was worn out and that he didn't think it was a good place for Margaret. And we said, “Well, whom do you think you'll be for?” and he said, “Well, I think I'm going to be for Stevenson.” We said, “Why Stevenson?” We didn't know Stevenson at all, and he said, “Well, he's been a very good governor, and he works very hard.” This was a real surprise to us because Stevenson was totally unknown in early 1952. Once the rumor got around that Truman was for him, he became news and was a much sought-after speaker everywhere, as you'll recall.

I remember very well the night of his nomination. I was in the Bois in Paris with Leonora Corbett and Lord Ismay, who had been Churchill's chief-of-staff, and Leonora's friend, Baron Von Zweilen. It was a very hot night in the Bois, and they were



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