Harry Hopkins Quotes

Well they are all working but don’t ask me what they are doing.

 
Context
This quotation may be apocryphal and not real. We have not been able to find an eyewitness or even a quotation the citation of which gave a date or suggested how the quote was ever made public given that it passed between these two men. However it is so frequently quoted that we have decided to include it. A further argument in its favor is that it fits the circumstances of the time. FDR had given Hopkins a huge budget and told Hopkins to get the American people working again. Hopkins did not believe in payments to the able bodied unless worked and his programs created an astounding array of jobs for the unemployed to do ranging from fixing benches in parks to writing poetry about poverty. He spend more money than any human being in history and started and implemented a nationwide program at a pace that has never been matched, Incredibly, no one was ever able to find any dishonesty in the administration, but it took years for the information of exactly what had going on at the local level to filter back to Washington. So the quote is plausible factually. Style-wise Hopkins was brutally honest with Roosevelt and others so well might have admitted that he did not know all that was going on in his programs. See {642829}.
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Harry Hopkins, 1890-1946, U. S. Secretary of Commerce (Democrat), Director, Works Progress Administration, Director, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Special Assistant to the President, Response at a Senate Hearing who had criticized the rapid deployment of the relief program in the midst of the Great Depression because there had been no long run planning

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Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins
  • Born: August 17, 1890
  • Died: January 29, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Diplomat

Harry Lloyd Hopkins was an American social worker, the 8th Secretary of Commerce, and one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's closest advisors. He was one of the architects of the New Deal, especially the relief programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which he directed and built into the largest employer in the country. In World War II, he was Roosevelt's chief diplomatic adviser and troubleshooter.

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