Newsmen who massed before Franklin Roosevelt at his Tuesday press conference in the White House last week found him singularly reticent, especially on the all-consuming subject of what he had meant by saying on Easter: ". . . If we don't have a war" (TIME, April 17). One inspired correspondent at last asked what the President thought about an editorial in the Washington Post entitled "The Collective Pronoun."* With startling alacrity the President replied that that editorial precisely, clearly, honestly expressed his views. It became therefore a blueprint for understanding the...

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