National Affairs: Exit

Two mornings after the day before, the Man with the Brown Derby received newsgatherers again. He dictated a farewell message:

"I certainly do not expect ever to run for public office again. I have had all I can stand of it. I have given a quarter of a century of probably the best years of my life to it. I will never lose my interest in public affairs, that is a sure thing. But as far as running for office again is concerned—that's finished."

He rephrased it later: "My decision never again to run is unalterable....