U.S. At War: Dinner at the Waldorf

Six hours after his tour of New York City (see above), Franklin Roosevelt appeared in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue. The diners—2,000 members and guests of the Foreign Policy Association—were already at their tables. The organ struck up Hail to the Chief; the diners rose, stood for seven minutes until Franklin Roosevelt was wheeled in to his place at the center of the head table.

In days gone by, at such dinner speeches, there was usually before Franklin Roosevelt's place a row of short flower vases. Behind the vases stood several Old-Fashioned cocktails, which he would sip...

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