The patriarch in Franklin Roosevelt surges to the fore at Christmas. Last week the scenes at the White House were magnificently and typically Rooseveltian— swarms of children, hundreds of presents, a reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol by the paterfamilias, a parade of family & guests to his bedside early Christmas morning to open stockings. Presents ranged from the soap and toothbrush traditionally stuffed in Franklin Roosevelt's stocking, to paperweights with the Presidential seal for all the office staff (to match paper cutters and ash trays he gave them in other...

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