By Stephen Schlesinger
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On more than one occasion, Roosevelt had ruefully acknowledged the resistance of both leaders to the idea. There was also the public controversy over the two extra votes for the Soviet Union in the world organization that Stalin had recently demanded at Yalta. There were hints in the newspapers of potential quarrels at San Francisco over the fate of colonial possessions, the admissibility of rogue nations, the right of the big powers to possess a veto, and sundry other items. Last, the shadow of a failed League of Nations hung heavily over the project.
Meeting. N. Charter. His first boss—until he took left in 1943—was also an estimable planner for the United Nations, Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles. Finally, the most extraordinary visionary of them all was President Franklin Roosevelt—followed by his equally heroic vice president, Harry Truman, who helped realize Roosevelt’s dream. S. delegation to San Francisco. These individuals, balancing peace with cold-eyed realism, especially with regard to the veto, erected a formidable structure.
That these men and women could fashion such a righteous journey in light of the League’s collapse, delegates’ squabbles, and a war itself, was remarkable. S. media. Despite abiding sympathy among thousands of the press corps, most correspondents refused to compromise on their reportage. Indeed, the New York Times under James Reston served as the official “leak central” during the entire affair. Reston reported in an unvarnished tone on the inevitable tussles, the strains felt by participants, the clashes between delegations, the struggles between Washington and Moscow.