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“Georgia’s Tribute to Her Foremost Friend, November 29, 1935”


(The following editorial is from the November 29, 1935 issue of the Atlanta Journal.)

Georgia’s Tribute to Her Foremost Friend

The tribute which the people of Georgia render Franklin Roosevelt today comes as naturally from their hearts as “the kindly fruits of the earth” from their soil. The best that is in them, of neighborliness and loyalty and thanksgiving, responds instinctively to their foremost leader and friend. Long before he took the nation’s helm Georgians knew him as a home-maker among them, the founder here of a uniquely noble philanthropy, a citizen and comrade sharing their life as one to the manner born. If the story ended thus, they still would delight to honor him. But since the Little White House topped Pine Mountain, events have occurred that reveal him, not only as a good neighbor and benefactor, but as America’s tower of strength in a fateful time and the valiant prophet of fair play for all people.

Faultfinders may censure this or that method of the Roosevelt administration, but they cannot deny its golden harvest of results. They may argue that the crisis should have been mastered by other means and recovery started by different measures. But the common sense of the country knows that despair was turned into courage, great perils into great opportunities, and that today recovery is a fact. Some who were crying for help in that stormy March of 1933 are now condemning the leadership that brought them to safety; and some who opposed every step for the relief of the suffering, for the aid of agriculture, industry and business, and for a just deal to the rank and file, are masquerading as Democrats, even as friends to their state and country!

All such have an answer in the record of events, and in the demonstration that rings today from Georgia. The welcome to the President by multitudes pouring into Atlanta from every town and countryside and from many parts of the Southeast has no parallel in the history of this commonwealth. It is more than a tribute of party allegiance and popular enthusiasm. It is the proud and grateful acknowledgment of a people who have found in Franklin D. Roosevelt a true interpreter of their needs and hopes, a bringer of light when their way was darkness, the first President to give agriculture its due place in national policies, and the most effectual friend this state and region have had in the White House since the war of the eighteen-sixties. As good Georgians and good Americans they greet him in this, the happiest Thanksgiving-tide the country has known for many a year, and pledge him their unswerving loyalty.

Atlanta Journal, Nov. 29, 1935