Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“”It is difficult to find a reputable American historian who will acknowledge the crude fact that a Franklin Roosevelt, say, wanted to be President merely to wield power, to be famed and to be feared. To learn this simple fact one must wade through a sea of evasions: history as sociology, leaders as teachers, bland benevolence as a motive force, when, finally, power is an end to itself, and the instinctive urge to prevail the most important single human trait, the necessary force without which no city was built, no city destroyed.
“”"I won't stand for this!" - FDR, on polio
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945) was the 32nd President of the United States (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945). As his full name exceeds seven syllables by one syllable, his name is often abbreviated to "FDR" (his initials), shortening the time it takes to say his name, allowing the conversation to finish slightly sooner because of the saved time and as such spend more time doing other things post-FDR-related conversation.
FDR is most well known for guiding the country through the Great Depression and preparing the nation to fight in World War II. He is also the only president who has ever served more than two terms, having been elected to four terms, although he died in office early in his fourth term. However, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that sent first-generation Japanese immigrants and their children to internment camps. Wingnut "author" Michelle Malkin even wrote a book In Defense of Internment as apologetics for internment...an FDR achievement that conservatives seem slightly grateful for.
He is, or was, hated by the American right-wing who claim his "Communist" policies damaged the country, and, by extension, since the United States is all that matters, the world. The assertions by conservatives that FDR's policies were "communist" are, of course, complete bullshit; he didn't even manage to nationalize any businesses. He did, nevertheless, start a social welfare program that's still in effect today and remains widely popular.
When Roosevelt was 39, he contracted polio and was effectively paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. His illness was downplayed during his presidency
because people really were shallow enough not to vote for a disabled man in order to maintain a better public image.
 See also
- ↑ Do you think people avoid saying 'John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy' just for the good of their health?
- ↑ For alternate history, see Amity Shlaes
- ↑ He's also had the most vice presidents in John N. Garner, Henry A. Wallace, and Harry S. Truman.
- ↑ This didn't stop him from practically dragging himself up a gravel driveway everyday in an attempt to partially recover. Beast much?