March 4, 1933

On This Date in! in 1933 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” His initial draft of this speech was a little different as it read, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself, and crazy men with guns, knives and machetes. Yes, machetes and that thing that hides in the closet and crawls under the bed when you’re not looking. And Eleanor after coming home late from a Cabinet meeting smelling of Scotch and cigars. If you haven’t seen the old battle axe all wound up, you just don’t understand fear.” Secretary of State Cordell Hull convinced President Roosevelt to leave out everything after “fear itself” and history was made.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to March 4, 1933

  1. Fear Itself says:

    Hey, let’s be honest here. I am pretty terrifying.

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