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As It Was: Roosevelt Supporter Writes Appreciative Poem

Sentiments for sitting presidents are often mixed.  In 1935, a presidential supporter, Jennie Taylor of Ashland, Ore., was so appreciative of President Franklin Roosevelt that she wrote a poem titled “Our President is OK.” Here’s an unofficially edited version.

“Hurrah for Mr. Roosevelt

And our red, white, and blue.

He’s started the wheels of industry—

Let us see now what the rest can do.

“He has started men working again

That last year were tramping the streets.

They now earn enough to feel independent

And they know that now they can pay for eats.

“The C.W.A. is a blessing indeed

To the poor man who’s out of work—

It gives him new courage to try once again

To be a new man and duty not shirk.

“For I think he is trying to help the poor man

And God knows they need every cent.

So let’s all try to do what we can

To lighten the load of our new president.

“And now let us all work together,

Help each other to all do his part

And then let us not get discouraged

But keep trying to get a new start.”

Source: Pope, Jean H. Passageways, A Collection of Family Stories. Self-published by author, 1995, p. 18-19.

Alice Mullaly is a graduate of Oregon State and Stanford University, and taught mathematics for 42 years in high schools in Nyack, New York; Mill Valley, California; and Hedrick Junior High School in Medford. Alice has been an Southern Oregon Historical Society volunteer for nearly 30 years, the source of many of her “As It Was” stories.