U.S. At War: U.S. At War, Oct. 12, 1942

SPEECHES THE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT HAVE MADE

When Franklin Roosevelt castigated his aides in the Government last week for making pessimistic speeches, he named no names. But the speeches were all on the record. Ever since straight-talking Elmer Davis, head of the Office of War Information, said in his famed August "ankle-deep" statement that the U.S. "could lose this war," Administration officials had talked cold—and bitter—turkey.

Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard, Sept. 24: "A single year could change our food position from abundance to scarcity."

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Ralph A. Bard, Sept. 24:...

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