U.S. At War: Song of Happiness

Franklin Roosevelt's oval second floor study had a festive air. Vases of white gladioli and chrysanthemums stood on the mantel. The big marble fireplace was banked with greens. Tall American Beauty roses stood in vases on his mahogany desk. As the hands of the old-fashioned French clock on the mantel neared noon, the President moved to a seat at the right of the fireplace. There he sat, while the 44 wedding guests arrived.

Into the flower-decked room came gaunt Harry Hopkins, his hair freshly trimmed, his blue business suit unwrinkled for the occasion. With him...

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