Last week President Roosevelt spent his quietest seven days since the war began. He traveled from Hyde Park to Warm Springs, with a brief stop-over in Washington, dedicated a community centre, made a joke about the third term, carved a turkey at the Thanksgiving dinner for the patients at the Warm Springs Foundation, looked over his 2,500-acre Georgia farm, held a press conference at the roadside while sitting at the wheel of his car, discussed taxes, and in general provided reporters with nothing to write about.

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