National Affairs: My Boy Franklin

Franklin Delano Roosevelt spent his last week as a private citizen in a buzz of conferences and confusion, packing and play, travel and talk. There was little real work to be done before he took over the Presidency. His Cabinet was off his mind (see p. 12). Appointments to the sub-Cabinet and the diplomatic corps could wait until he got into the White House. He had written his Inaugural address. Most new Presidents orate an hour or more; he planned to speak for eight minutes, broadly outlining the "New Deal" and leaving its...

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