Quotes about Franklin Roosevelt by Haskell Wexler, Rick Perlstein, Gaylord Nelson, David Gergen, George Will, Nigel Hamilton and many others.
I was a sailor. I was torpedoed, spent two weeks in a lifeboat. I was on the Murmansk run; I worked a 20 mm. machine gun, helped bring down a Stuka, all that kind of stuff. I’ve got letters from Franklin Roosevelt for things I did then. But those kind of credentials didn’t work for you in the Cold War.
My liberal friends love to dismiss Reagan. You know, they’ll say something like, ‘Oh, didn’t he, like, only read one-page memos when he was in the White House?’ Well, that’s just good managerial practice. I mean, Franklin Roosevelt made people write one-page memos.
The issues are by some geometric number – 100 or 200 or 500 – times more complicated today than we appreciated them to be when Franklin Roosevelt was around.
Franklin Roosevelt was very concerned about environmental issues.
Ronald Reagan is clearly to television what Franklin Roosevelt was to radio.
Since the emergence of the Republican Party, only two Democratic presidents, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy, have been followed by Democrats, and both FDR and JFK died in office, so their successors ran as incumbents.
Republican isolationists had certainly tied the hands of every U.S. president, year after year – berating Franklin Roosevelt in particular and his attempts to ready the nation for inevitable attack.
My father’s political heroes were Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
George Washington sets the nation on its democratic path. Abraham Lincoln preserves it. Franklin Roosevelt sees the nation through depression and war.
One of the great creative statesmen of our age was Franklin Roosevelt. He was creative precisely because he preferred experiment to ideology.
Franklin Roosevelt said the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance to those who have much; it is whether we provide enough to those who have too little. This reconciliation package fails that test as well.
It is essential for politicians to make a connection with us, as Franklin Roosevelt did, as Teddy Roosevelt did, as John F. Kennedy did, as Ronald Reagan did.
In his State of the Union speech in January 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt declared America’s commitment to Four Freedoms in the struggle against Nazi totalitarianism. Among them was the freedom from fear.
President Obama did something that no Democrat’s done since Franklin Roosevelt: that is, get a majority vote in Ohio twice. So I don’t really buy that his policy is that unpopular.
I think Democrats made a mistake running away from liberalism. Liberalism, uh, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John and Robert Kennedy – that’s what the Democratic party ought to reach for.
If Obama’s vision of the public sector is socialism, then so too were the visions of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.
Franklin Roosevelt was a great leader. He saw how to use the levers of power to affect change.
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