Roosevelt's unwillingness to take action so infuriated Hoover that he saw no value in further communication. Making matters worse, Hoover believed that Roosevelt was untrustworthy and that every contact between the two men should be transcribed. Hoover was willing to let history judge the responsibility for the growing world economic crisis.
The one sliver of hope came from the presence of Henry Stimson, Hoover's Secretary of State, and a friend of Franklin Roosevelt. At Roosevelt's request, and with Hoover's somewhat reluctant approval, Stimson traveled to Hyde Park to convince the governor to take action. But Roosevelt remained skeptical of Hoover's plan for a joint commission to address the crisis. Roosevelt argued that Hoover's commissions were notoriously unpopular and any Roosevelt appointments would be thought of as potential cabinet officers. The president-elect was not willing to make that kind of commitment at that time.
Stimson countered by expressing Hoover's concern that action was needed immediately to shore up national and international confidence. Roosevelt responded by saying that he would be willing to meet informally with international representatives, but no more than that. Upon learning of the response, Hoover all but despaired. "The governor has not yet comprehended the problem with which the world is confronted and which we have tried to get before him," the president wrote to Stimson. "The question which we have to meet is: Will the United States take a courageous part in the stabilization of the world economic situation." It was an unanswered question.