Facing Up To Fear
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself said Franklin D Roosevelt in his inauguration speech.
Wearing a morning coat and striped trousers, the 32nd president of the United States delivered the words of hope on Saturday, March 4, 1933.
The Great Depression was ravishing the globe. Fear for the future was universal. Would the world economy ever recover? Would penniless workers ever find jobs?
Like his fellow Americans, FDR knew all about fear. Polio had almost stolen his political future. Yet, standing with the aid steel callipers, the first disabled president of the United States brought the promise of a new tomorrow to a broken world.
He knew better than anyone that staring fear in the face, makes it a little less frightening!