THE PRESIDENCY: The People's Man

Very early New Year's morning Charles P. Ruby, railroad trainman, arose in his Washington home. He hurried to the gates of the White House. There, before dawn, he sat down on a box, began a long wait. Later another man, Arthur Demars, jobless insurance agent, came along, stood up behind Ruby. It was very cold. A White House guard came and asked what they were doing.

"Waiting to wish the President a Happy New Year," explained Ruby.

"Huh," replied the guard walking off, "I wouldn't sit out there in the cold that long for...

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