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Senator Harry F. Byrd was always in the opposition so far as Roosevelt was concerned, but I had presumed largely on two grounds. One of them was financial. His great political interest was in the balancing of the budget and reducing expenditures. He was sore at Roosevelt from the beginning, I think, because that didn't go to suit him. Then he was, I think, a kind of an isolationist. Though he didn't break with the Democratic Party, he was prevailingly in an isolationist mood, and therefore he was always in the opposition and never had the confidence of Roosevelt, and other people close to him. That would be my memory. I never had any run-ins with him or very much to do with him.

I remember that at the May 1, 1941 Cabinet meeting Roosevelt said that we were going to use Greenland for patrols. I remember being so startled at the thought of Greenland's icy mountains coming to be an air base. Up until the time we began these war preparations geography had been a large order. All of a sudden the world shrank. Greenland was something you went to and did things with, not just a place where Eskimos lived.

On June 6, 1941 there was a discussion in Cabinet meeting of the trouble at North American Aircraft. That was just one of innumerable strikes that was going on. Many people in the Army had the theory that you should just draft all the workers, put them all in the Army and then assign them to



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