Stay Classy, 1938 Style

Of all the way to address Salahi-gate, Henry Morgenthau III’s reminiscence in today’s New York Times has to be the classiest. The son of FDR’s Treasury secretary tells the story of a young couple who talked their way into a brief meeting with the president on New Year’s Eve, 1938. Enjoy its quaint quotes; the best among them are excerpts from Eleanor Roosevelt’s newspaper column where she tut-tuts the intruders’ paucity of “thought and consideration for others.”

As Morgenthau notes, that sentiment is not at all quaint.

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.