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THE PRESIDENCY: Warm Springs Week

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To experts back in Washington, vacationing Franklin Roosevelt left further work on the Budget last week, and further study of the big new ingredient of his Fourth New Deal: rearmament. For him this visit to Warm Springs, Ga. was to be real relaxation, real “play.” He swam in the warm pool, drove his car through the hills and forests, held an open-air press conference. He carved a Thanksgiving turkey for fellow paralysis patients, singled out Eddie Cantor’s Thanksgiving greeting to read aloud: “I am grateful that I live in a country where all leaders can sit down . . . and carve up a turkey instead of carve up a map.” Correspondents noted that his tongue and temper, raspy when he left Washington, were improved. When he took occasion to tell “his other State” (Georgia) that it really must amend its laws so as to permit it to borrow funds from PWA like the rest of the States, he did so without being sharp or sarcastic.

>James H. R. (“Jimmy”) Cromwell, rich Doris Duke’s husband, arrived in company with Governor Marriner S. Eccles of the Federal Reserve to show the President a movie on economics embodying a theory of Mr. Cromwell’s to which Mr. Eccles takes strong exception. Lameduck Congressman John J. McGrath of California; Deputy Administrator Aubrey Williams of WPA, who had just put his foot in his mouth again (see p. 14); Dr. Will Alexander, the Farm Security Administrator—these were Presidential callers from afar, before Ambassador Hugh Wilson arrived from Berlin.

>After a brief talk with Secretary of State Hull in Manhattan, Mr. Wilson passed through Washington, where it was announced by the State Department that he would stay in the U. S. a while to “advise” the Department on Central European doings. To join their conversations at Warm Springs, President Roosevelt summoned William (“Bill”) Phillips, his Ambassador to the other Jew-purging dictatorship, Italy, who returned to the U. S. early last month on leave.

>After two long huddles with Mr. Roosevelt, with a sleep between at the home of the President’s crippled neighbor, Will Moore of New York, the two diplomats headed back for Washington. The press was told nothing of what they had told the President or he them. Ambassador Phillips said he would start back to Rome next week, which suggested that the President planned no crackdown on Dictator Mussolini. Ambassador Wilson said only that his stay in the U. S. should not be called “indefinite.” The world press set a watch upon the comings & goings of Mrs. Wilson in Berlin. Should she sail for the U. S., it might be momentous.

>In Baltimore last week the Aryan Author Herr Oskar Maria Graf worked up the local Deutschamerikanischer Kulturverband by telling its members: “Throughout Germany small groups of citizens opposed to the rule of Adolf Hitler have been formed and are awaiting an opportunity to rise against the Nazi Government.” Aroused by this Aryan straight from Europe, the excited Baltimore Kulturverband telegraphed to President Roosevelt a scarcely veiled hint that he might emulate President Wilson, whose XIV Points gave the German masses a rallying ground against Kaiser Wilhelm.

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