THE PRESIDENCY: Distraction

Waiting is hard work, even in the White House. Cheerful as ever, proud of his tan, Franklin Roosevelt wisecracked with reporters last week. But his big fingers drummed nervously on his desk; reporters knew he was counting the days until Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles reaches Washington (about March 25) to report on World War II (see p. 15). The President busied himself with domestic affairs. In a speech to the U. S. farmers he recited past achievements like a string of cliches, spoke in generalities that did not glow. Washington observers called it the dullest speech he...

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