THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Washington: Rites of Passage


The title of Ben Cohen's speech last Friday night was "The New Deal Looks Forward." It was as if Franklin Roosevelt were still in the White House and his staff members were rolling up their sleeves for another job.

Friday was the 44th anniversary of Roosevelt's first inauguration, and some 750 of the men and women who went into power with him, or joined later, or were otherwise specially touched by those years, gathered at Washington's Mayflower Hotel in commemoration. Cohen, 82, one of F.D.R.'s ubiquitous counselors...

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