THE PRESIDENCY: Smile in AAAdversity

Last Monday Franklin Roosevelt welcomed Secretary of War Bern at a pre-luncheon appointment in the Executive Office of the White House. As they were in the midst of an amiable discussion, a Presidential secretary entered, put a slip of paper in the President's hands. It was a newsflash: the U. S. Supreme Court had just declared AAA unconstitutional, lock, stock & barrel (see p. 12). How President Roosevelt received this staggering piece of information was afterwards described by Secretary Dern:

"He just held the sheet of paper in front of him on his...

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