July 30, 2020

In today's issue: The Close Friendship of FDR and LBJ, Paul Brandus on FDR's Media Savvy, a Blog Squad Summer Activity, FDR's Globe, Television and the 1940 Convention, a 1944 Strategy Trip to Hawaii, an 80-Pound Tarpon in Texas.

Given the decades of difference in the time they served as Presidents, you might not think Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson had the close relationship they did. FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow and LBJ Library Director Mark Lawrence discuss the friendship between these two leaders. Live Q&A in the comments.
From June 2016:
FDR was the first President to use the mass media to communicate directly to the American people. White House press corps member Paul Brandus examines FDR’s process for preparing his Fireside Chats and his influence on later Presidents like John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. (Video, 40:30) Broadcast by CSPAN.

Paul Brandus, author of Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency--21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories
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Eleanor Roosevelt wrote a daily column called “MY DAY” that appeared in newspapers and magazines all across the country every day and some people consider her column to have been the world’s first blog. Why not start a journal or a blog that highlights your adventures and activities this summer?


G is for Globe. FDR kept this globe near his White House Oval Office desk and used it to trace troop movements and plan military strategy. General George C. Marshall presented it to FDR in 1942 as a Christmas gift from the U.S. Army. Marshall gave an identical globe to Winston Churchill. The Weber Costello Company of Chicago Heights, Illinois, built the globe under the supervision of the Office of Strategic Services and the War Department.

During FDR’s life in national politics, the conventions were raucous affairs, full of intrigue and electoral horse trading, but not visible to the public. In 1940, with FDR seeking an unprecedented third term, television changed that. A new blog from FDR Library Deputy Director William Harris.

This week's FDR Tumblr posts include images from the President's trip to Hawaii to review strategy with Admiral Chester Nimitz, General Douglas MacArthur, and Admiral William Leahy

In this historic newsreel, President Roosevelt lands an 80-pound tarpon in Port Aransas, Texas.
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