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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

FDR: Four Freedoms Speech

2016 is an election year for the 45th President of the United States. Those holding this esteem office have ranged from the highest to the lowest in historical rankings. Some have barely held their own amid tragedy and disaster while others have left an indelible mark on the pages of history. There is one who consistently has ranked on or near the top of most polls: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). Roosevelt was the only Chief Executive in history to be elected more than two terms. He led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. Remember A Day That Will Live in Infamy, December 7, 1941!

What if we had another FDR on the 2016 Presidential ballot?

 When FDR spoke, EVERYONE listened!
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President of the United States

This Day in History: January 6, 1941

January 6, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech.
It was January 6, 1941, war was raging in Europe (WWII) and American involvement in the war was inevitable. President Franklin Roosevelt presented a speech to the nation known as the Four Freedoms speech (technically the 1941 State of the Union address) regarding the need for America to enter the war. The gravity of the situation was severe with Britain's need for support immense, as well as a dire need for greater production of war industries at home.

In that speech, Roosevelt proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy:

President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech provided hope in the following years to a war-wearied people because it was unquestionable that the fight was a fight for freedom. The speech was prepared by Roosevelt with the aid of his close advisers Harry L. Hopkins, Samuel I. Rosenman, and Robert Sherwood.

The famous Four Freedoms paragraphs did not appear in the speech until the fourth draft. One night as Hopkins, Rosenman, and Sherwood met with the President in his White House study, FDR announced that he had an idea for a peroration (the closing section of a speech). As recounted by Rosenman: “We waited as he leaned far back in his swivel chair with his gaze on the ceiling. It was a long pause—so long that it began to become uncomfortable. Then he leaned forward again in his chair” and dictated the Four Freedoms.
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