With the first pick in the 2012 Anything Mock Draught, Two Pints selects:
The 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano RooseveltHIT THE BAR WITH FDR!
The theme of FDR's campaign, “Happy Days are Here Again,” would be all too true on December 5, 1933 when his Presidential Proclamation Order #2065 (aka the 21st Amendment) was ratified. After 14 years of “adult beverage” drought, Prohibition was no more!
Still not cool enough for you? Here are some other things we can thank FDR for:
- FDR pioneered the "100-day concept” we still use today to gauge the effectiveness of our Presidents.
- FDR was the ONLY 3 term president this country has or will ever see (The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution adopted in 1951, prohibits anyone from ever being elected to the presidency for a third full term).
- FDR formally began the Presidential Library System with the National Archives in 1939 when he handed over his papers and set up the 1st Presidential Library while he was still in office.
- Several years before he became President (1921), he contracted polio and would never regain the use of his legs. He would establish a foundation in Warm Springs, Georgia to help other polio victims.
- FDR's battle with his crippling illness would inspire the March of Dimes program (which he would direct for a time) that eventually funded an effective vaccine.
- And finally, during FDR's campaign for the 1932 election Roosevelt announced that it was “time to correct the ‘stupendous blunder’ that was Prohibition.” Way to keep a campaign promise, Sir!
I couldn’t agree more Mr. President. This one is for you! Cheers!