National Affairs: State of the Union

Obedient to constitutional command, President Hoover last week sent by a messenger to the Capitol his second Message to Congress, his first routine Report on the State of the Union. Twelve thousand words long,* it was handed to clerks in the House and Senate who intoned it from the nation's rostra.

A President prepares his message with a view to guiding congressional action. At the end of a session, his legislative winnings and losings are measured in terms of his message. President Hoover's score in dealing with Congress...

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