Freaky chat room
"The blight hadn't yet carried off the elms, and under them drivers had pulled over, parking bumper to bumper, and turned on their radios to hear Roosevelt.
The series of Roosevelt's 30 fireside chats was included with the first 50 recordings made part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.He closed the entire American banking system on March 6.On March 9 Congress passed the Emergency Banking Act, which Roosevelt used to effectively create federal deposit insurance when the banks reopened. ET that Sunday night, on the eve of the end of the bank holiday, Roosevelt spoke to a radio audience of more than 60 million people, to tell them in clear language "what has been done in the last few days, why it was done, and what the next steps are going to be".The result, according to economic historian William L.Silber, was a "remarkable turnaround in the public's confidence ...I think we must avoid too much personal leadership—my good friend Winston Churchill has suffered a little from this. That happened last evening, as I listened to the President's broadcast. Bando The fireside chats attracted more listeners than the most popular radio shows, which were heard by 30–35 percent of the radio audience.
Letter to the White House following the first fireside chat on the Banking Crisis, eight days after taking office (March 12, 1933) 2232. I feel that he walked into my home, sat down and in plain and forceful language explained to me how he was tackling the job I and my fellow citizens gave him. Roosevelt's fireside chat of December 29, 1940, was heard by 59 percent of radio listeners.
Historian Betty Houchin Winfield says, "He and his advisers worried that newspapers' biases would affect the news columns and rightly so." As President, Roosevelt began making the informal addresses on March 12, 1933, eight days after his inauguration.
He had spent his first week coping with a month-long epidemic of bank closings that was ruining families nationwide.
Listeners were able to picture FDR in his study, in front of the fireplace, and could imagine they were sitting beside him. Roosevelt customarily made his address from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
It is whispered by some that only by abandoning our freedom, our ideals, our way of life, can we build our defenses adequately, can we match the strength of the aggressors. He would arrive 15 minutes before air time to welcome members of the press, including radio and newsreel correspondents. Smith gave him a simple introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States." Roosevelt most often began his talks with the words, "My friends" or "My fellow Americans", and he read his speech from a looseleaf binder.
The one thing I dread is that my talks should be so frequent as to lose their effectiveness. Every time I talk over the air it means four or five days of long, overtime work in the preparation of what I say. Dear Sir: Being a citizen of little or no consequence I feel the utter futility of writing to the President at a time such as this, but I trust you will accept this letter in the spirit in which it was written.