National Affairs: Chat

Having with unwonted consideration first told Congress that there was a Depression and that he meant to cure it, a few hours later last week, the President told the country. Result was his twelfth "fireside chat," delivered from the diplomatic room of the

White House and punctuated by the ringing of a telephone bell in the police booth directly behind the President's desk.* Because it was concerned almost entirely with fiscal matters, because these were expressed largely by quotations of his earlier message and because the President's voice and manner were flatter, more perfunctory...

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