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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-15-13 03:09 PM
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A truly dramatic change.
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Edited on Fri Feb-15-13 03:25 PM by No Elephants
Media invariably show a President at the beginning of his first term and at the end of his second term and marvel breathlessly at how much "the Office" aged him. Well, here's a news flash for the news folk:

Look at a 12 year old and a 20 year old. Eight years ages anyone, even if what to wear to prom is their most stressful decision during that time. Duh. And the years between 52 or older and 60 or older are not anyone's best years. Yes, people gray and bald during those years more than they do when they are younger. Duh.

But, here is FDR riding (with Hoover) to his first inauguration in 1933. He had turned 51 about five weeks earlier, his birthday being January 30 and this being the last inauguration to occur on March 4.




Here is FDR riding to his second inauguration in 1937, only four years later, just about to turn 55.



Here is FDR riding to his third inauguration in 1941, 8 years after his first inaugural. at almost 59. (Look especially at his eyes.)



And, here is FDR, a dying man, at his fourth inauguration in 1945, 12 years after his first inaugural. He is 61, just about to turn 62 He died April 12, 1945. He looks at least 75.





Note the weight loss and, again, the eyes.

Hard to imagine the stress of the Depression, watching the Supreme Court declare remedial effort after remedial effort unconstitutional, fighting the deficit hawks, watching Hitler in Europe, then serving as a war time President, imposing rationing, etc. And, throughout all this, being crippled and trying not to make that obvious to the public. (How he had the energy to cheat on his wife amidst all that beats me.)
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