THE PRESIDENCY: Backstage

Last week Franklin Roosevelt, the man of action, stepped out of the role he likes. Behind the headlines, he got in some heavy thinking, some quiet, effective desk work.

On the whole, the long expected "reassurance" of Business, given through the microphone in his "fireside" talk Sunday before, had borne fruit. So deep-dyed a Republican as Nicholas Murray Butler, in addressing his incoming class at Columbia, had taken the opportunity to say: "No open-minded person can help but have a deep sympathy for the President for the...

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