Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

You are, I am sure, aware that genuine popular support in the United States is required to carry out any Government policy, foreign or domestic. The American people make up their own minds and no governmental action can change it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter, March 29, 1945, to Joseph Stalin. Edward M. Bennett, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Victory: American-Soviet Relations, 1939-1945, p. 176, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1990).

This was an unsubtle hint to Stalin that future cooperation might depend on the Soviets living up to agreements made at Yalta, and that the President had no power to enter into unpopular decisions on foreign policy if those decisions were contrary to American public sensibilities. This communication has been touted as an illustration that Roosevelt was in the process of getting tough with Stalin when he died.
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