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I do not deny that we may make mistakes of procedure as we carry out the policy. I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average, not only for myself but for the team.

This was one of the critical quotes from the handling of the Great Depression. The President had a series of radio talks to the people in which he addressed them directly and explained things as he then understood them. In this particular quotation he was trying to manage the public’s expectation and told them quite candidly that he and his administration would make some mistakes—some Presidents like Hoover, his predecessor, rarely ever admitted error.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882-1945, 32nd President of the United States (Democrat, NY), Second Fireside Radio Chat, May 7, 1933

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Born: January 30, 1882
  • Died: April 12, 1945
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which realigned American politics into the Fifth Party System and defined American liberalism throughout the middle third of the 20th century. His third and fourth terms were dominated by World War II. He is often rated by scholars as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

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