This Could Never Happen Today

Franklin Roosevelt, a victim of polio, was paralyzed from the waist down.

He went to great lengths to hide his disability. If someone caught him maneuvering himself in and out of a car, or walking a few steps, his security people would quickly confiscate the offending camera.

And so, any film of President Roosevelt walking is very very VERY rare. A new one just surfaced this week, donated by the daughter of the baseball player who did the filming.

Watching this, and knowing how successful Franklin Roosevelt was at hiding his disability, I couldn’t help but think how completely impossible this feat would be today.

Aside from the sad fact that he felt the need to hide it (thought it would make him look weak?) …… just imagine trying to pull this off in 2014. Impossible. It would simply be impossible.

It’s a good thing that Franklin Roosevelt attended that All Star game in the year 1937.

A similar event today would see an entire stadium filled with people with cameras in their pockets.

There is no hiding from 30,000 people with smart phones.

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  1. He was a man of fantastic strength and fortitude. It’s too bad that public perception of disabilities was so negative at the time of Roosevelt’s presidency, although I don’t know if it’s much better today. You can’t hide anything in these times. No such thing as privacy, unfortunately.

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    • You are so right! It’s not just smart phones, but security cameras seem to be everywhere. And yes, I agree that it is a shame that Roosevelt had to hide his disability. Today he probably wouldn’t even run for office ….

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  2. Absolutely true, Kathy; today’s technology wouldn’t allow such behaviour. He must have been an enormously strong willed man to live as he did.

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    • Today every hiccup of a public figure is filmed and dissected. It’s a different world than he lived in, that’s for sure.

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  3. That is so true…no secrets now days news circles the globe in seconds. Thank you so much for your sweet, comforting words on Snookums page. Hugs

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  4. They say he would never be elected today. We still have a long way to go until we see beyond disabilities.

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