How did President Bush’s response to 9-11 in 2001 compare with the words and actions of President Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor sixty years earlier?
As it happens, the reactions of the two presidents were surprisingly similar within their contemporaneous context. Vlad Tepes has ferreted out some rare footage from old newsreel archives that shows the longer version of FDR’s address to Congress on the day after the surprise attack by Japan. The first part of the president’s speech will be familiar to most readers, but the rest of his address is not as well known:
(Note: Yes, this is satire. Sort of.)