The film Hyde Park on Hudson is out, and more than one critic appears to be upset about the commercialization of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s dalliances with women other than his wife.
Of course this can’t bother FDR. He’s long dead and so are his wife and children.
Bill Murray stars in the film as the president who held his office from 1933-1945.
I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t say whether the critics are right.
However, most presidents get a closer look long after they die, especially Democrats.
President John F. Kennedy comes to mind. I’m always amused at the criticism leveled at President Richard Nixon, a Republican, when many of Kennedy’s own actions (including how he got elected) are as bad as or worse than Nixon’s.
For a candid look at JFK and Camelot, read The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour Hersh. Hersh is no right winger, but he certainly corrected the record on the Kennedy myth.
By the time Reelz aired the excellent series, The Kennedys, the Democrat power structure was still fighting to protect JFK’s reputation and that of some of his equally tainted relatives.
Roosevelt came as close to being a king as America ever had, and not just because of the length of his presidency. I have a dim view of his governance because for one thing, he got away with repeatedly ignoring limits on federal power in the U.S. Constitution. That is the document that stands between you and tyranny, so I tend to hold it in high regard.
I remember having a conversation with my mom about FDR. She thought he was a hero. I shared some of my research with her and by the end of our talk, her mind was pretty blown.
Another brutally honest look at FDR can be found in Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts. Larson’s narrative is told through the lens of FDR’s ambassador to Germany during the period of Adolph Hitler’s ascendance to power.
If you want to know exactly how much damage FDR and his collectivist allies and looters dealt the Republic, read Lawrence W. Reed’s Great Myths of the Great Depression.
Roosevelt’s Treasury Secretary Henry Moganthau wrote in his diary [boldface added]:
“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work…We have never made good on our promises…I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started…and an enormous debt to boot.”
FDR and the Democrats of the day were adept at propaganda and persuasion. Reed wrote:
Roosevelt beat Hoover in 1932 with promises of less government. He instead gave Americans more government, but he did so with fanfare and fireside chats that mesmerized a desperate people.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Dec. 7, 2012)