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I've read about it.
Liberals were furious about this lack of interest in
the Spanish Republic and our sort of hands-off policy. I
must say that we seem to excel in helping the wrong people,
like dictators in South America.
One last story to show you how clever F.D.R. was about
avoiding things--Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter told about
two very distinguished Englishmen who came over here during
the War. There was something they wanted very much from the
President. They were going down to see him and bring it up.
They spent the whole evening down at Washington and then they
came up to Boston to see Frankfurter. Frankfurter said,
“Well, how did you make out with the President?" They said,
“We don't think that he's as smart as we heard that he was.”
Frankfurter said, “Why?" They said, “Well, he knew perfectly
well why we came there to see him, but the subject never came
up. He kept evading it and telling stories. When we left
there the next morning, we had never brought the subject up
at all the whole time we were there and that's what we had
come for. Isn't that stupid of him?" Frankfurter said,
“Yes. That's very strange.” Roosevelt of course had deliverately
not allowed them to bring the subject up. He was
brilliant at that sort of thing.
What were his ideas of books? You said you discussed
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