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FDR Informal Extemporaneous Remarks, Cordele, Nov. 18, 1933


Extemporaneous Remarks, Cordele, Georgia
November 18, 1933

[Roosevelt spoke earlier in the day in Savannah to commemorate Georgia’s bicentennial, then took a train to Warm Springs. He stopped briefly in Fitzgerald before moving on to Cordele, county seat of Crisp County, where he made the following remarks.]

I am glad to be able to come to Cordele at last. I have been threatening to come here for the last two or three years, ever since I had a talk with a committee from Crisp County who told me all about what you are doing. People from Crisp County come up to see me in Warm Springs from time to time and I have followed what you have been doing here with a lot of interest, and in various parts of the United States I have held out Crisp County as one of the fine examples of good American progressive citizenship.

I am having a two-weeks holiday now and I grabbed hold of the Governor down in Savannah this morning and made him come along with me. [Ed. note: The friendliness between Roosevelt and Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge would not last. Talmadge began supporting Roosevelt and the New Deal, but thought it went too far too quickly—and was not hesitant in saying so. The two men would become bitter political enemies.]

It is fine to see you and I hope that the Governor will be willing to say a few words to you.

The Governor introduced Roosevelt’s mother, who thanked the audience for flowers she had received.

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