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


Extemporaneous Remarks in Fitzgerald, Georgia
November 18, 1933

[Roosevelt spoke earlier in the day in Savannah, where he helped commemorate of Georgia’s bicentennial, then took a train to Warm Springs. He stopped briefly in Fitzgerald, located in Ben Hill County, where he made the following remarks.]

I am glad to see you all. We had a great celebration down in Savannah this morning and I am glad to come through Fitzgerald. I have never been through here before, although I have been in most of the other parts of Georgia. The one thing we have in common, Warm Springs and this place, is that we are on the same railroad.

I am very glad I am having this chance to have a good talk with your good Governor. [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.]

He is with me here now and I am going to ask him to say a few words to you.”

Governor Eugene Talmadge: “I just want to say this, that we have got a real President who is for the average little man and little woman in this country.”

Roosevelt: “I can say one thing and that is that there a whole lot more smiles on people’s faces than there were when I came down through here last February.”

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