Last week Franklin Roosevelt became 59. Few men on their 59th birthday could say what he said of himself last week.

One day, at Congressman Sam Rayburn's insistence, he got out of bed, where he had been nursing a cold, dressed, put on his best face and held a conference with House and Senate leaders in his second-floor study. They had come to discuss with Mr. Roosevelt H.R. 1776, the Lend-Lease Bill (see p. 17). In the comfortable room at the White House, the argument came down to the kind of simple talk any U. S. citizen could understand. Present...

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