THE CONGRESS: Ex-Precedent

In 146 years 32 Presidents have written 674 veto messages for trusty White House clerks to carry back to Congress. Of these vetoes only 49 have been overridden by a cantankerous House & Senate.* Last week President Roosevelt tossed the custom of the country out the window and made a breezy bit of history by carrying Veto No. 675 up to the Capitol in person and making it stick. Whereas all other Presidents have been content to let Congressional clerks read out their objections to bad measures, nothing less than the rostrum...

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