THE PRESIDENCY: Back-Seat Driver

At a notably dull press conference, Franklin Roosevelt agreed with newsmen that they were all at the wrong end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The news was at the other end, in the Capitol, where Wendell Willkie was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (see p. 16). Like Br'er Rabbit, the President was layin' low.

Off to England he sent a research chemist, Harvard's bespectacled young president, James Bryant Conant, as head of a mission to gather scientific data on England's machinery of war. Back from England came trusted Harry Hopkins. At LaGuardia...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!