In the ’80’s the accolades were still pouring in for FDR, this was true for JFK. As we all know FDR was elected for four terms, died in office and was succeeded by the GREATEST PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME, HARRY TRUMAN. Getting back to FDR though we find many faults with the media reports during his four terms in office.
FDR promulgates executive order 6012 outlawing the private ownership of GOLD. Where it all began, in 1933. The press gave FDR a pass; like they gave one to Obama. FDR set the tone for the Deep State taking of private property without due process. Imagine what else he had up his sleeve, but nobody questioned his ultimate motives.
The stated reason for the order was that hard times had caused “hoarding” of gold, stalling economic growth and making the depression worse. The New York Times, on April 6, 1933, p. 16, wrote under the headline “Hoarding of Gold”, “The Executive Order issued by the President yesterday amplifies and particularizes his earlier warnings against hoarding. On March 6, taking advantage of a wartime statute that had not been repealed, he issued Presidential Proclamation 2039 that forbade the hoarding ‘of gold or silver coin or bullion or currency,’ under penalty of $10,000 and/or up to five to ten years imprisonment.”
Again, we reiterate the Deep State which, under FDR, took control of peoples lives. But that is not the main course here, only the appetizer. FDR was a very deceiving individual. We bring you back to his wife, a fifth cousin once removed. Eleanor discovered her husband’s affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, she resolved to seek fulfillment in a public life of her own. Again this reminds us of JFK’s marital affairs which by the way were covered up with the utmost of zeal. He was careful never to be seen using his wheelchair in public, and great care was taken to prevent any portrayal in the press that would highlight his disability. Moving forward in years we are reminded of FDR’s track record, one that was never critically questioned during his four terms.
The recently discovered film clip of President Franklin D. Roosevelt being pushed in a wheelchair, despite showing neither Roosevelt’s face nor the wheelchair, has become an object of considerable public interest. One reason people find the clip so fascinating is that it seems to represent a radically different era in American political life—one in which the president could rely on the press corps to help him hide from the larger public something so glaringly obvious as the fact that he was a paraplegic from having contracted polio at age 39.
An NBC Nightly News report on the discovery stated that there was “a gentlemen’s agreement” between FDR and the press corps to hide the extent of his disability, and the Associated Press wrote that it was “virtually a state secret.” That has long been the conventional wisdom, repeated in countless books and articles. But it is inaccurate. In fact, the press sometimes described his condition in great detail.