Making empty promises? FDR has snark for you

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In our new “In the Vault” segment, we just aired a rather sarcastic clip from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1936 address to the Democratic State Convention in Syracuse, NY:

Let me warn you and let me warn the Nation against the smooth evasion which says, “Of course we believe all these things; we believe in social security; we believe in work for the unemployed; we believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things; but we do not like the way the present Administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them- we will do more of them we will do them better; and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything.”

Some things change, and then there’s politics. Melissa added on air that Democrats might want to make use of this, since this applies to today’s Republican Party:

Democrats take note: with delivery like that, is there any wonder he was elected four times? At the convention this summer in Charlotte, North Carolina, maybe give the speech-writers the day off, play the FDR clip on the big screen, and President Obama can just say: “Yeah, what he said.”

Making empty promises? FDR has snark for you

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