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office, devoted Edith protected him from strain by screening callers and state papers. Mrs. Wilson later said she had acted only as an intermediary for official business. Critics used stronger words; some called her "Mrs. President," as John Adams's opponents had dubbed his politically minded wife. Gaiety Returns With Harding Into the White House in 1921 moved genial Warren G. Harding of Ohio-onetime editor, publisher, lieutenant governor, and Senator. He called his wife Florence "the Duchess," a term that revealed something of the relation between the easygoing President and his strong-willed wife, who said proudly, "I have only one real hobby-my husband!" What the country needed, candidate Har ding had said, was "not heroics but healing; 622 not nostrums but normalcy." The phrases Glittering flowers bloom in the sky above the White House during a ten-minute round of fireworks for King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. The display followed a dinner for the mon arch last June. seemed to apply also to the mansion's new life. After the gloom of Wilson's last months, sunshine and pleasure reigned. The gates swung wide again to tourists, who sometimes found themselves welcomed, to their surprise, by the First Lady herself. Mrs. Harding played her piano in the chintz-decorated upstairs living room. At concerts, the Marine Band echoed her favor ite song, "The End of a Perfect Day." The President practiced golf shots on the south lawn, teaching his pet Airedale, Laddie Boy, to race back with the balls. The Hardings revived the usual official entertaining. They held many private parties, huge garden affairs, and special dinners for visiting foreign statesmen. Then suddenly it was all over. In July, 1923, amid rumors of trouble in Government departments, President and Mrs.