Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Honestly, the real trouble is ... a gang which unfortunately survives—made up mostly of those who were isolationists before December seventh and who are actuated today by various motives in their effort to instill disunity in the country.... The best comment I have heard was by Elmer Davis.... "Some people want the United States to win so long as England loses. Some people want the United States to win so long as Russia loses. Some people want the United States to win so long as Roosevelt loses."
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter, March 16, 1942, to Russell Leffingwell. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 422, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Roosevelt referred in this letter to hate groups such as the KKK and people who just hated him, such as Colonel Bertie R. McCormick, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. He was certainly correct in his judgment of McCormick. According to a person working in the press room of the Tribune the morning the famous headline "Dewey Defeats Truman" ran, Colonel McCormick literally fell down the stairs waving the mock-up and said, "Run it. We've beaten that S.O.B. Roosevelt." The President died before one could attack him while he was wartime President, so the Colonel apparently felt cheated and thought of FDR as losing instead of Truman.
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