February 25, 1933 - Article - The Winner, by Louis McHenry Howe

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, from the beginning of his political career, has fought more hopeless fights - and won them - than any man who has achieved prominence in public life...... on March fourth he will become the President of these United States. (pg. 6)

Government was always a favorite study of the President-elect in his college days. His personal library was founded by a gift from his father of a set of badly worn volumes of the Federalist. He is, I think, as familiar with the debates in our first Constitutional Convention as the average reader is with then oratory now being expended in Congress on the matter of beer. He knows not only what the Constitution says but what was the intent of those who wrote it in drawing up the document. This knowledge has stood him good stead during his four years as governor......

As a result of his studies, Mr. Roosevelt is an ardent champion of the preservation of the independent rights of the judicial, the legislative and the executive branches of our Government. He is always up in arms at any attempt of the legislature to usurp the powers of the judiciary and any attempt of the judiciary to assume legislative duties, and of any move by either of these branches to encroach on the powers of the executive. This is also an important qualification for a President. (pg. 48)

Mr. Roosevelt has probably the most enormous personal correspondence in all parts of the country of any man in public life today. There is scarcely a town where there does not dwell some person who has written to him, or who has seen him, or who feels that he is his personal friend....

I think a man who has been elected President may be fairly called a successful man; so, in accordance with this theory, I have here set down only those qualities which, in the judgement of one who has been a member of his household for many years, have been chiefly responsible for Mr. Roosevelt's success. (pg. 49)

Comment: Louis McHenry Howe was a close advisor to FDR for many years and died less than two months after this article appeared. We shall see that Howe's predictions of FDR being a president that would respect the Constitution was in error. However, Howe's description of FDR is very accurate when it comes to FDR's charm in making people think that he was their friend.

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