In my working days, I always had piles of paper in neat stacks on my desk -- to remind me what I needed to do next -- but no mementos. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt liked to have his
favorite mementos on his desk while he worked. It didn't seem to hurt FDR's productivity.
At this desk, he wrote his famous "Four Freedoms" speech for his 1941 State of the Union address.
Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Worship. Freedom from Want. Freedom from Fear.
Today many Americans know them best from Norman Rockwell's
1943 covers for the Saturday Evening Post.