HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
People love FDR for many things: his leadership during two of the toughest phases in American history, his New Deal, the hope he instilled in the American people, his fireside chats, his activist wife.
What I love most is his relationship with his dog and best friend, Fala. No one has ever loved a dog more than FDR loved his - they are even buried next to each other in Hyde Park, NY.
Happy birthday to a wonderful president with a wonderful companionship with a wonderful Scottish Terrier.
I would prefer to visit the house on a winter afternoon, and have tea with the creature who brought F.D.R. some of his greatest moments of personal happiness. (I’m talking about his dog Fala, of course, Daisy’s gift to the president the year after the events depicted in the film.)
— David Netto, referring to Wilderstein, home of Margaret (Daisey) Suckley, FDR’s cousin, Ghosts of the Hudson Valley - NYTimes.com