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Some which did appear and he clearly was a very ill person, but we
just became accustomed to him. Obviously, without censorship in
1944, one would've been printing stories about the fact that the man
was very ill and shouldn't even run. No such thing occurred.
What about the 1944 election? Any memory come to mind?
It really wasn't very much of an election because the
President had it all in his hands, and the opposition, really, who
ended up by being Dewey--in that atmosphere, it would be nearly
impossible for anybody to really challenge the incumbent President,
in that atmosphere.
What about, again focusing on events, Hiroshima? Any memories?
Oh, Yes. Instant discussion about whether one should or
one shouldn't have dropped the bomb--which surprises me in retrospect
that everybody was that quick at seeing the implications of the bomb,
the long term implications. Endless discussion about, well, would it
have cost us more troops had we attacked Japan in the conventional
way, that being the justification for the bomb. There was a lot of
people saying that this was such a terrifying instrument that we
shouldn't have used it.
Any particular memories at Life and what would be written or Luce
vis-a-vis the bomb?
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