I wanted to talk to you today about one of my heroes, the man I consider to be the outstanding political figure of the 20th. century. Regrettably our time together was totally filled up with other topics.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt became US president at the age of 50. He served 4 terms and died in office at the age of 63. He first became President in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression. He steered America out of those terrible times was re elected in 1936 , again in 1940 and 1944 thus leading the US through the second world war.When he died America was the richest and most powerful country in history.
After his death the American Constitution was amended so that a president can only serve two terms. Roosevelt’s-record will ,therefore, never be equalled. When he died his body was transported by rail over huge tracts of America so that the nation as a whole could pay their respects to the most loved man in the history of the country.
At the age of 39 FDR developed poliomyelitis , one year later he was totally paralysed from the waist down. He served his whole presidency sitting in a wheelchair yet his achievements were remarkable. He was a very powerful man upper body wise, so much so that he was complimented by the then heavy weight champ of the world, Jack Dempsey. He stood 6ft 2ins.and weighed 182lbs. He once landed a shark on the back of a boat, sitting in his wheelchair, that weighed around 250lbs. His physical prowess was of no consequence compared with the outcomes that his mental prowess benefited America.
In his first speech to the nation in 1932 he began by saying ” all we have to fear is fear itself “. I believe only a man in his situation could really understand what those words meant. He went from strength to strength and by the end of his life was basically the leader of the Western world– all this while sitting in a wheelchair.
I know how important your physical prowess has been and will always be, but when you feeling low think of FDR. There’s so much more out there waiting for inspirational people like you and him.
Much love, Dad
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