THE PRESIDENCY: Moral Climate

Three years ago last week, in slickers and galoshes, under umbrellas and sodden newspapers, thousands of U. S. citizens stood on the great plaza before the Capitol, saw skullcapped Charles Evans Hughes swear in bareheaded Franklin Delano Roosevelt to uphold and defend the Constitution.

Brandy flasks passed from hand to mouth in the bone-chilling rain. The hundreds of fresh pine benches were too wet to sit on, but drier to stand on than the flooded pavement. Franklin Roosevelt laughed as the rain soaked his second inaugural manuscript, said: ". . . The...

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