THE PRESIDENCY: Roosevelt Week: Feb. 8, 1937

For the first time in history, under the influence of warm winter rains the White House lawn really needed to be mowed in January. Winter rains 600 miles to the west had a bigger influence on Washington politics. The Ohio-Mississippi flood had brought to the Capital an emergency atmosphere not unlike that of the early months of the New Deal. Congressmen once more hungered for Federal aid and Franklin Roosevelt resumed the prestige cf the Great White Father to whom all must appeal.

With prestige also went responsibility.

Around him he rallied those whom he calls upon in all major" catastrophes:...

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