The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:26 PM GMT
    I've just finished watching this series on Netflix and can highly recommend it. As a story of courage through adversity, it's up there with the best.


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    Dec 16, 2015 9:58 PM GMT
    yes, it's a very good series, PBS runs it here on occasion

    funny family, not too sure how "intimate" those 2 were - or the rest of the family for that matter
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    Dec 17, 2015 3:18 PM GMT
    It IS a good series! TR comes out on top in my book. If only we had a man like him in the WH now!
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    Dec 17, 2015 3:21 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidyes, it's a very good series, PBS runs it here on occasion

    funny family, not too sure how "intimate" those 2 were - or the rest of the family for that matter



    Surely not the first long term married couple to lead largely separate lives.
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    Dec 17, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    I've viewed it twice via PBS broadcasts. Truly excellent material.

    I'd like to purchase the entire dvd boxed set eventually; but 45 bucks via halfcom is a bit dear for my current budget.



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    Dec 17, 2015 3:28 PM GMT
    rnch said
    tj85016 saidyes, it's a very good series, PBS runs it here on occasion

    funny family, not too sure how "intimate" those 2 were - or the rest of the family for that matter

    Surely not the first long term married couple to lead largely separate lives.

    Most First Couples had separate sleeping arrangements in the White House. But then that mirrored the majority of US upper class lives until fairly modern times.

    I toured the Truman Little White House and Museum in Key West, and saw the rather modest 2-bed room the Trumans shared. I was told the Trumans appear to have been the first White House couple known to sleep that way.

    But then in the White House I would wonder that the potential need for the staff to enter the sleeping quarters and wake the President at all hours might also be a factor.
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    Dec 17, 2015 3:43 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidIt IS a good series! TR comes out on top in my book. If only we had a man like him in the WH now!


    He'd be dead.
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    Dec 17, 2015 4:29 PM GMT
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    MGINSD saidIt IS a good series! TR comes out on top in my book. If only we had a man like him in the WH now!


    He'd be dead.


    Not necessarily. He survived an assassin's bullet, and went on to finish a 90-minute speech after being shot. The man had physical courage as well as the moral kind. Contrast this with the world-class weakling we've got in the WH now!
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    Dec 17, 2015 6:24 PM GMT
    Well, I wasn't going to mention party politics, but as MGINSD chimed in with a historical comparison, here's one of my own: Watching this series, what struck me was how similar GOP attacks against FDR and his family were to those being made by that party (and it's followers) against Obama and Clinton today.

    The Republican strategy, it seems, never gets tired:
    •Try to demoralize the Democratic base with phony press releases and whisper campaigns.
    •Attack opponent's strength with character assassination.
    •Suppress the vote in every possible way.
    •Buy some people off with with the promise of tax cuts.
    •Scare the rest into voting against their own interests.

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    Dec 17, 2015 6:42 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
    FitBlackCuddler said
    MGINSD saidIt IS a good series! TR comes out on top in my book. If only we had a man like him in the WH now!


    He'd be dead.


    Not necessarily. He survived an assassin's bullet, and went on to finish a 90-minute speech after being shot. The man had physical courage as well as the moral kind. Contrast this with the world-class weakling we've got in the WH now!


    I admired what has come down to us about Teddy...and yet, I agree that he was something of a maniac and imperialist bigot.

    I stand by my comment that he would have been killed had he continued to be a thorn in the side. Many ways to take someone out.
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    Dec 17, 2015 7:53 PM GMT
    You two stretch in trying to make a point, but fail to do so. I'll stick w/ my Big Game Hunter/Imperial Warlord ... KAISER WILHELM!
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    Dec 17, 2015 10:53 PM GMT
    Most people are somewhat complex. It is inaccurate to home in on one aspect of a person's personality and define him with it.