National Affairs: For Creatures of Habit

"The American public and American newspapers are certainly creatures of habit. It is the warmest night I have ever seen in Washington. And yet this talk will be referred to as a 'fireside' talk."

So began Franklin Roosevelt last week in one more of his unfailingly intimate, persuasive radio heart-to-hearts with the nation. The sarcasm of his opening crack was a key to his mood. A second key, politics, was in his fifth sentence: "As part of the democratic process, your President is again taking an opportunity to report ... to the real...

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