THE PRESIDENCY: Taxes, Spies & Frankfurters

After putting his foot in his mouth while speaking to the press during the Washington Disarmament Conference, President Warren Gamaliel Harding, to save diplomatic embarrassment, ordered that correspondents must put their questions to him in writing. Calvin Coolidge perfected this technique by inventing "a White House spokesman" to whom his words must be attributed. Last week when Franklin Roosevelt wanted to read U. S. Business and Labor a lecture on "sabre-rattling" (see p. 63), comparing them to the bad boys of European politics in a way that might have provoked protests...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!