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“Modern Drunkard” & Amendment 21: FDR Makes His Case For Greatest President Ever

Posted By: George Washington 11 February 2010 557 views No Comment

Local Denver publication and Presidents Day Society favorite “Modern Drunkard” has an excellent article titled “FDR: Portrait of a Drinking President.”  Writer Brian Abrams provides a fair portrayal of the politics behind FDR’s decision to push for the repeal of prohibition as well as his own presidential drinking habits.  One gem amongst many:

A rather famous one-liner of his circulates among Roosevelt biographers. In response to his wife’s paranoia about “drinking and fast driving,” he once told his teenagers that “a gentleman learns his capacity and tries not to exceed it. If he must drink to excess, he does so when he has no call to be in touch with anyone else.”

FDR with drink and smoke in hand

FDR with drink and smoke in hand

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