Aside from the fact that the Director's job was a back-breaking job, Drury found conditions favorable. As a result of work relief funds, the parks were in better condition than ever before; visits were at an all-time high of 16,755,251; appropriations were reasonably generous at $21,098,282, with considerable emergency relief funds still available and some CCC men still working. Roosevelt was President and Ickes Secretary, both friends of the parks, and Congress was well disposed.