THE PRESIDENCY: Rock & Whirlpool

On the bleak March day three years ago when Franklin Roosevelt stepped up and took the oath of office, he was a national hope. A month later he was a national hero. He had won the heart of a frightened nation by the height at which he held his head, the breadth to which his smile expanded, by self-confidence that seemed almost Olympian. Seldom since then had his self-confidence failed him. It enabled him to propose and get Congress to approve frank experiments. It gave him courage to ask Congress for sums of...

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