"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen," is one of Harry S. Truman's most famous quote. Historians have long debated whether or not this quote applied to Truman himself during his lifetime between 1884 and 1972. The quote means that if a person cannot tolerate the pressures of a particular situation, then this person should remove himself from that situation. Using political, diplomatic, and cultural examples from Truman's own life, this quote can be confirmed. In 1945, Truman became the 33rd president of the United States while World War II was taking place.

Being the president of the United States is very difficult especially in times of war. Truman, like other presidents, was immensely pressured by the country to perform contradicting actions. He had to decided difficult questions such as whether or not to support South Korea. Some of his cabinet members also pressured him to use the atomic bomb in Japan to end the war while others argued against killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. Truman was politically prepared for the job. By serving two terms as the president he proved that he could "stay in the kitchen." The Republicans also pressured Truman, as it is common for one political party to antagonize the other party in a political battle.

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The Republicans spread lies and rumors and made damaging propaganda to ruin Truman's reputation. Truman withstood this abyss of political pressures throughout his career and proved that he could stand the heat. In 1950, communist forces from North Korea invaded South Korea while Truman was the president. South Korea had been an ally of the United States since the World War II.

The United States had army bases located in that country. The country was torn between the decisions of whether or not to support their ally country Korea. There was a chance that if the United States defended Korea, the Soviet Union would support North Korea.