MY HUSBAND OFTEN SAID, "GREATNESS is partly in the man, partly in the times." Each of the four sincere men who preceded Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States had tried to meet the requirements of his time. But occasionally some of our greatest men are whipped by the times. Roosevelt himself came close to being whipped by the stubborn unemployment problems and the hatred he aroused in the big business group.
His predecessors had had to meet crises of one kind or another. Roosevelt faced not only unemployment of twelve millions, bank failures, and an economic order that had outgrown its political framework, but also a nation paralyzed by panic.
The mystery of current American politics was the fear so. many business men had of Roosevelt. They never tumbled to the fact that he was a mild man. The real gun at their backs was held in the hands of the unemployed--the ill- housed, ill-clothed, and ill-fed suffering millions, who listened to the Huey Longs, the Townsends and the Cough