U.S. At War: Are You a Parasite?

On the problem of Washington's grotesque wartime crowding, President Roosevelt gave his press conference a half-serious suggestion: if the "parasites" would leave-those who had 20-room houses on swank Massachusetts Avenue,* those who were in Washington only for social reasons, those who had no real wartime duties—there would be a lot more room.

Yes, said the President, warming to the idea, it would be a good thing to make such people uncomfortable; if he were a newsman he would run a big headline:

ARE YOU A PARASITE?

There may be, undoubtedly are, a few people...