It would be difficult, and even a little foolish, to argue that Franklin D. Roosevelt was not the most consequential president of the 20th century. He successfully guided the nation through World War II, and kept the country afloat financially during the Great Depression. His legacy is everywhere.
If you don’t believe this, pull out the change in your pocket and look for the dimes. His face is on them, and if that’s not a testament to the outsized role that he plays in our nation’s history, please tell me what is.
I had always wondered the origin of the quote shown above, and it turns out to be FDR. This is the man who also said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” and “A day that will live in infamy” and many other inspirational things.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for another person is to inspire them, and it seems clear that FDR had the ability to do that. His life story is inspiring, too. The fact that his paralysis was hidden from the public shows me just how important he was. And it could never happen in the world we live in today, either.
On his birthday today, I salute him for inspiring a nation that needed to have inspiration. This alone puts him into the pantheon of great Americans through the centuries.