THE PRESIDENCY: Silence

German wags tell that once, arm in arm, Hermann Wilhelm Göring, Paul Joseph Goebbels, and Adolf Hitler strolled for half an hour on Unter den Linden. Nobody recognized them because Herr Göring was in civilian clothes, Herr Goebbels did not open his mouth, Herr Hitler had his hair brushed.

U. S. wags might last week have reported that the whole corps of White House correspondents stood face to face with Franklin Roosevelt and failed to recognize him. Reason: the newshawks paraded into the President's office for a press conference, were met with the...