Harry Truman had accepted the vice presidency with extreme reluctance. On April 12, 1945, he was summoned to the White House. There he was shown into Eleanor Roosevelt’s sitting room and she told him gently that President Roosevelt was dead. After a moment’s stunned silence, Truman asked her, “Is there anything I can do for you?”
She shook her head. “Is there anything we can do for you?” she said. “For you’re the one in trouble now.”
SOURCE: The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes, Clifton Fadiman, general editor. ©1985.