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advertisements in leading Washington and New York newspapers in support of the President's message some days after the publication of the message. Anna Rosenberg and Dr. Michael Davis and I organized a group of citizens, including Gardner Cowles, Russell Davenport, Henry Kaiser, Mrs. Roosevelt, Gerard Swope, Dan and Florence Mahoney, Governor Cox, and a number of others, who were willing to support the health message in principle, and Albert paid for the advertisements in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Washington Star.

Q:

You had to approach all these individuals personally.

Lasker:

Yes.

Q:

Did you have any problems with any of them?

Lasker:

No. At this time, the AMA hadn't started to argue about it, you see. It was just sprung and the AMA hadn't started its propaganda machinery against it, and it seemed to most of these people that the message was quite reasonable.

Well, the health message idea got started this way, and we later, in '47, asked the President to send another message to Congress, and it was delivered on May 19, 1947.

Q:

Would you mind going back just a moment and saying something about how this first message was received in the Congress itself



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