U.S. At War: The Presidency


Outside the crimson-hung windows streamed the traditional Inauguration Day rain. Inside the crystal-and-gilt East Room streamed 200 friends, relatives and distinguished guests. Franklin Roosevelt's twelfth year as President had begun.

Since 1933, the President has observed each March 4 with religious services. Usually he has gone to St. John's Episcopal Church, just across Lafayette Square. Last week St. John's came to the East Room for the second time. A mixed choir sang an anthem ("Get not far from us, O God; cast us not away in time of stress). The President's old friend...

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