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From the rich important family
Roosevelt was his famous last name
Theodore was his fifth cousin
His wife Eleanor was sixth cousin

FDR was idealistic, far from simplistic, opportunistic, highly ambitious
Had lofty goals and lots of compassion
Knew what he wanted, always demanded
Only one who served more than 2
The Great Depression, World War 2

A beacon of hope during dark times
Comforted the nation with his voice
He firmly believed that the only
Thing we have to fear is fear itself

He thought he came to the rescue
with his New Deal he would push through
Self serving in the beginning
Later, passion for the underdog

In his first 100 days would
Start a socialist experiment
His way out of the Depression-
expand government and subsidize

Helped create the AAA, CCC, TVA, NRA, PWA, CWA, SEC, REA, FHA, FSA, FDIC, NLRB

Welfare state to help poor people
Helped pass social security

A beacon of hope during dark times
Comforted the nation with his voice
He firmly believed that the only
Thing we have to fear is fear itself
and he kind of was right

World War 2 all over Europe
U.S. stayed true to neutrality
Japan attacked Pearl Harbor
A day that still lives in infamy

Despite attempting to pack the Supreme Court
Despite the fact he suffered from paralysis
Despite the fact he forced Japanese Americans into internment camps after the hysteria
He considered one of the very best
Influenced generations well after his death
Only President who served more than two terms
Elected 4 times the people dependent on him

Thrust into the deadliest war
Saved Europe and the Pacific
He met with Churchill and Stalin
He hoped they could finally have world peace

A beacon of hope during dark times
Comforted the nation with his voice
He firmly believed that the only
Thing we have to fear is fear itself

Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) (Frankie D)

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from The Presidents of the United States of America (Volume 3), released February 18, 2013
Matt Beat

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Electric Needle Room are an indie pop band based in Lawrence, Kansas. It is mostly a solo project for Matt Beat, but his brother, Steven Beat, also helps with percussion. Emcee DL, Bryan Poole, Dave Thomas, and Chris Huggard have all helped the band with live performances throughout its history. ... more

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