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One Man’s Misfortune

September 7, 2016

Between the Civil War and the Great Depression there were only two Democrat Presidents, Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson.  Both individuals were known to Franklin Roosevelt.  FDR was appointed by Wilson in 1913 to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  FDR’s relationship with Cleveland went back to Cleveland’s first term.

Cleveland had asked James Roosevelt to become Ambassador to the Netherlands.  Roosevelt declined, but he still remained on friendly terms with Cleveland.  One day he took his five-year-old son to visit the President in the White House.  While the men were out of the room, young Franklin seated himself in the chair at the President’s desk.  Upon returning Cleveland looked at the boy and said: “Little man, I hope you never have the misfortune to be President.”

Between the Civil War and the Great Depression there were only two Democrat Presidents, Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson.  Both were elected twice.  Neither received a majority of the popular vote in either of their elections.  When the boy who once sat in Cleveland’s chair ran for President, he would receive as many victories as both of his Democrat predecessors combined.  He would receive historic majorities of the popular and Electoral vote, and he wouldn’t consider the Presidency to be a misfortune.

 

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