Of the many roles played last week by Franklin Roosevelt, none was more admirably played than his performance as host at a White House party for the 119 new members of Congress.

The stage was the brilliantly lit, richly appointed state dining room. Tuxedoed Secret Service men stood on guard, colored waiters came & went, a homely beer barrel was cunningly concealed in a feathery bank of fern. (Cheese & crackers went with the beer.) At the room's south entrance the President sat in a big red leather chair, the famed ivory cigaret...

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