Podcast: Let There Be Light? FDR Is In The Dark (2)
It's August, 1938. President Roosevelt is About to Learn the Limits of His Popularity in Georgia. And it's Going to be Awkward.
Podcast: 21 mins. Continued from Let There Be Light? FDR Is In The Dark (1)
It’s August 11, 1938. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has traveled from the Little White House, his getaway in Warm Springs, Georgia, to the small town of Barnesville. He's here to celebrate a triumph of the New Deal, the arrival of electricity in a rural area where he got 92% of the vote. He's addressing thousands of excited locals and the national media. He’s going to press the switch that will bring electricity to Lamar County for the first time.
How could he possibly screw this up?
Hold the president’s beer. You’re about to find out.
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