THE PRESIDENCY: Acts and Intentions

Last week the U.S. found itself digesting the fact that it had taken one of the President's most important speeches to show that the time for speeches had passed. It had taken one of his most telling statements of intention to show the U.S. that results, rather than intentions, are now what count. But this reaction to the President's great radio speech—heard by 65,000,000 Americans and short-waved overseas in 14 languages—came only slowly.

The first U.S. reaction to the speech was one of overwhelming support for his declaration of opposition—short of nothing —to...

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