National Affairs: President's Week, Feb. 17, 1941

Last week the President:

> In a speech to the Boy Scouts, who were celebrating their 31st anniversary, made a statement that many a businessman would like to believe: "The Government cannot and should not pre-empt those fields of private endeavor that have become an indispensable part of life in America." This remark, so opposite to the oldtime Roosevelt denunciations of entrenched greed, gave color to reports of his new attitude of "sweet reasonableness" toward industry.

> Conferred with Thomas H. MacDonald, Commissioner of Public Roads, on plans to construct a series of national superhighways as part of a post-defense program of...

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