Sunday, August 02, 2009

FDR - I can Run WW II on 4 Hours of Work a Day

From Steve Early's "Off the Record with FDR 1942-1945:"

"May 8, 1944, Monday. The three secretaries reached the President's bedroom just before 10 o'clock this morning the President in good humor, looking, I thought, much better than when I saw him yesterday. Told Pa Watson to keep his appointments down to a minimum. Said he would receive the congressional leaders in the bedroom before he got up. Ed Stettinius was to come in at 11:30 to give a report on his mission to London, just concluded, and Secretary Hull was to come in a half -hour later. The President said that while he was at Hobcaw he worked four hours a day and the nation got along at that; he thought he owed it to the country to continue that schedule. So he said he would devote two hours daily 11 to 1 to his appointments and two hours after lunch to his paper work. He plans also to take lunch alone abandoning those business lunches and to rest an hour and a half before resuming post luncheon work. This is too good to be true. We shall see. "

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