National Affairs: Our Children

Pausing outside the chamber of the House of Representatives, Franklin Roosevelt shouted laughingly to Secretary of Interior Ickes, who had eaten some crab meat for lunch and was wishing he hadn't, "Hello, Grouch." Then the President, in a grey cutaway, walked with smiling dignity into a joint session of Congress to deliver his eighth annual message on the State of the Nation.

There to hear him were almost every U. S. Senator** and Congressman, his Cabinet, uniformly (with the exception of Madam Secretary Perkins) clothed in turtle coats and striped grey trousers, and in the gallery children straddling laps, surrounded by mittens,...

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