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BROADER ANALYSIS and the EFFECTS of the FIRESIDE CHATS 

 

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    The White House Bald Eagle


    - By coming into American's living rooms through the medium of the radio, FDR inserts himself into the American peoplesí lives in a way never before experienced in a President.

    - By breaking down his policies, and explaining them thoroughly Roosevelt makes international relations and politics accessible to the American people.

    - By invoking religious imagery, and relying on devout language, Roosevelt establishes himself not only as a national leader, but also as a national religious leader. This adds an element of intimacy to his relationship with the people; they have not only a shared country, they have a shared spirituality.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency marks a change in the nature of the office, as well as a level of familiarity and intimacy between him and the American people that has never been experienced before or since that time. Something very unusual happened as Roosevelt entered the homes of the people through the radio: he became a form of entertainment, an educator, and a personal friend in addition to being a commanding President. Consequentially, Roosevelt answered the needs of a nation craving stability and leadership, and it has rewarded him with renown and an enduring legacy.

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    Last updated February 5, 2002