Advertisement
History Store 50 percent off Advertisement
Columns

The Many Loves of FDR

Share
Tweet
email Email
Print
Advertisement

The new movie HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, with Bill Murray playing Franklin Roosevelt, is a flawed, frustrating melodrama but it raises important questions about historical perspective.

The movie dramatizes a 1939 visit by Britain’s King and Queen to FDR’s country estate while the wheelchair-bound president juggled demands of his wife, mother, and two adoring mistresses. Laura Linney plays a fifth cousin of the president who, according to many historians, became one of his several lovers during his last years. The film shows Roosevelt’s callous treatment of these women and raises uncomfortable questions: how did he hide his caddish behavior while he was alive, and why do hero-worshiping history books mostly ignore his shortcomings?

As with President Kennedy, most chroniclers will overlook or obscure even the most irresponsible, contemptible conduct if it’s perpetrated by a dashing liberal leader.

Share
Tweet
email Email
Print

Medhead

Listen Commercial FREE  |  On-Demand
Login
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertise with us Advertisement

Follow Michael

The Michael Medved Show - Mobile App

Download from App Store Get it on Google play
Listen to the show on your amazon echo devices
Advertisement
Advertisement
Michael Medved's History Store Also available on TuneIn
Advertisement