Franklin Roosevelt, through Eleanor’s eyes


Lillian Cunningham, The Washington Post’s Presidential podcast:

Following President Franklin Roosevelt’s death, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt decided to downplay her role in his administration. She saw that as a way to help elevate and secure his legacy, according to founding editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt papers, Allida Black.

In this new episode of the Presidential podcast, Black—along with FDR Presidential Library and Museum Director Paul Sparrow and White House speechwriter Sarada Peri—examine FDR’s leadership through the lens of the first lady’s contributions to his presidency.

Eleanor Roosevelt was an extraordinary American who left a huge mark on the country and world. Truly one of our greatest Americans.

Also, I love this quote, read on the podcast:

Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.

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