Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The "Day of Infamy" Speech


33 minutes after the speech was over, Congress voted to declare war on the Empire of Japan. Within a few more hours, the formal written declaration was presented to the President for signing.

I'll bet that very few nowadays have listened to the entire speech.

It's estimated that 81% of American households listened to the speech, which worked out to nearly every home with a radio. It was broadcast by loudspeaker into factories and city streets.

1 comment:

Borepatch said...

What's interesting is that he walked into Congress on his crippled legs. He knew that the Japanese and Germans would be watching and didn't want to show weakness.

I'm not exactly an FDR fan, but that's pretty impressive.