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I have always found Franklin Delano Roosevelt an amusing fellow, but I would not employ him, except for reasons of personal friendships, as a geek in a common carnival.

FDR was terribly affable and was at the opposite end of the spectrum from the ideologues. Therefore he never offered specific programs. He was this grossly underestimated by many of the pundits of the day as being shallow with few or no ideas. Actually, he implemented more new ideas and programs than any other President in history but was very pragmatic about them and not really wedded to any of them. If one thing did not work, he tried another. The people and the Congress grew to trust him as no other president in our history although he always had his right wing enemies.

Murray Kempton, 1917-1997, Journalist & Commentator, Quoted in McPhee, The Book of Insults, 1978

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Murray Kempton
Murray Kempton
  • Born: December 16, 1917
  • Died: May 5, 1997
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist

James Murray Kempton was an American journalist and social and political commentator. He won a National Book Award in 1974 (category, "Contemporary Affairs") for The Briar Patch: The People of the State of New York versus Lumumba Shakur, et al. Reprinted, 1997, with new subtitle The Trial of the Panther 21.) He won a Pulitzer Prize (category, "Commentary") in 1985 "for witty and insightful reflection on public issues in 1984 and throughout a distinguished career."

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