Axis Fever

Franklin Roosevelt was not immune to the fever blowing across the world from Singapore. War nerves set the President to snapping irritably at Congress, at the people, at inquisitive newsmen.

¶In a mood of biting irony, President Roosevelt made sport of Congress for voting itself a porkish pension plan (see p. 16). Said he: If I chose to pay a few dollars a year until I leave the White House, I could retire on a modest pension of $37,500 a year for the rest of my life.* Literal minds promptly raised a...