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1943_11_13--9-12 So You Want to See the President

Lull breaks sharply when word comes that Presidential Secretary Steve Early has some news to release, and reporters flock down a corridor to Early's office. SO YOU WANT TO SEE THE PRESIDENT ! 9 By NORMAN ROCKWELL THE SATURDAY EVENING TOM .1brwmr..o IN 1728 BY • 1111 WIN Photographers wait- ing outside Executive Wing entrance for a newsworthy face. Your credentials are checked again behind that door by Secret Service. .............. • A ................ 1" • .• ....... n r • . ---- —I • ^^ "Credentials, please," says MP at White House gate. 0 OMETIMES it seems to the busy White House staff as if everybody on this good green hemisphere wants to see the President of the United States personally. With a small segment of our population this is a chronic disease; with most Americans it is simply an expression of honest curiosity and interest. It was with this understandable interest in mind that White House authorities recently permitted Post Artist Norman Rockwell to roam the Executive Wing and make a visual report on what the process of getting in to see the President is like. As the drawings and paintings show, Rockwell found the Wing a fascinating antechamber of democracy, and he says he couldn't imagine such an atmosphere of dignified informality prevailing just outside the sanctum of a dictator or king. The waiting facilities are comfortable and easy on the eye. The secretarial staff is cheerful and courteous; so are the omnipresent Secret Service men, who manage to protect the President from possible harm with Gestapo-like efficiency, but without shoving anyone around. Conversation among the callers is subdued in tone, but uninhibited. The White House newspaper correspondents go about freely, buttonholing heroes, legislators, beauty-contest winners and ambassadors, and doing their own invaluable job of keeping America in touch with its main listening post. The atmosphere is, on the whole, neighborly and friendly. Your trip through the anteroom of The Boss, as the staff speaks of him, awaits you in these pages. —The Editors. During a lull, White House reporters catch up on their newspaper reading and a Nelson Rockefeller man (left) waits to see the President.


1943_11_13--9-12 So You Want to See the President
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