THE PRESIDENCY: Georgia Pique

In Warm Springs, Ga. a reporter asked Franklin Roosevelt whether the report of his three-man railroad committee was on the way. The President asked whether he was supposed to be a clairvoyant. Another questioner asked whether he was pleased by Southern reaction to his Gainesville speech. To this the President, who likes to call Georgia his adopted State, made a reply that only an adopted Georgian would have given: that the only Southerner with whom he had talked was Irvin McDuffie, his Negro valet.

When a President whose good humor is normally as...

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