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...

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