Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Co-Chair of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute: "On behalf of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and the immediate members of my family, I would like to congratulate Margaret Nagle, Joseph Sargent and HBO Films for their efforts to bring to life this often overlooked aspect of my grandfather's legacy. As my grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt frequently said, FDR was not great in spite of his disability, he was great because of his disability. For FDR's struggle with polio deepened his character and gave him much of the strength, courage and compassion that led him to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. It was because of his own daily struggle with this disease that he was able to understand the plight of the less fortunate in our society. This profound understanding made him more determined than ever to fashion a government devoted to the well being of all Americans, young and old, rich and poor alike." Posted by Hello