Words of Advice:

"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

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"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.