For the Fourth Time

Snow fell the night before, turning to sleet in the morning. On the White House lawn, most of the 13 Roosevelt grandchildren were out early in their snowsuits, coasting on the gentle slopes.

Inside, Franklin Roosevelt went to church services. With 250 members of his official family, he sat in the East Room, joined in the singing (O God, Our Help in Ages Past), listened to the prayers—including one for the enemy.

Late in the morning, on the lawn where the children had played, the crowd began to gather. Diplomats had been told...

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