The Old Dazzler

The morning after the President had taken the terrible shellacking in New York —one of the worst defeats of his 32 years of politicking—reporters gathered at the White House for the semiweekly press conference with hope but without expectation. They did not realize that they were about to witness one of Franklin Roosevelt's most dazzling examples of press relations virtuosity.

For months on end the President had said little and that little sometimes snappishly. What would he want to say now, when Big Jim Farley had soundly, roundly trounced him in the struggle...

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