Sam Rayburn was Speaker of the House of the United States for 17 years which is longer than any other speaker that has served. He was Speaker of the House when Harry S. Truman was President from 1945-1953. Truman was the 33rd President and was the President who made the decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan.
When Truman became President of the United States, Sam Rayburn, being the more experienced person in the ways of the White House, took him aside and gave him some good advice.
“From here on out you’re going to have lots of people around you. They’ll try to put a wall around you and cut you off from any ideas but theirs. They’ll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you ain’t”
That was some pretty sound advice from Sam Rayburn. Sometimes it’s a good idea to hear the truth from someone rather than having them telling us what they think we want to hear. In the end it does us no good. Even if the truth hurts, we should wear it proudly.