On Capitol Hill the House applauded when Majority Leader John McCormack read the President's announcement. Then Pennsylvania's James Fulton asked the question that was already being asked on U.S. street corners. Did this mean war?
"The logical hope," replied McCormack, "is that it will be insurance for peace; that logic will prevail."
In the Senate, Missouri's white-haired James Kem interrupted Majority Leader Scott Lucas as he was reading the White House text. He wanted to know if it meant that the President "arrogates to himself the power to declare war?" Lucas said the Senator could figure it out for himself.