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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1658
AUTHOR: Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)
QUOTATION: I got very well acquainted with Joe Stalin, and I like old Joe! He is a decent fellow. But Joe is a prisoner of the Politburo.
ATTRIBUTION: President HARRY S. TRUMAN, informal remarks, Eugene, Oregon, June 11, 1948.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1948, p. 329.

Truman refers to his meeting with Stalin at the Potsdam conference in July 1945.