Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes
Hyde Park, New York, United States
Little White House Historic Site, Georgia, United States
Harvard College, Columbia Law School
Former American President Franklin D Roosevelt had won the hearts of many ardent followers during the course of his career. It didn't matter that "New York Herald Tribune" columnist, Walter Lippmann opined about him, "He is a pleasant man who, without any important qualifications for the office, would very much like to be President". It is this interesting characteristic trait that Roosevelt employed during a meeting of his with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin. Initially Roosevelt found it quite hard to break the ice with the rather stern-faced Stalin (nicknamed "the old buzzard" by the American President), but soon he decided to change his approach. The following day, before their conference started, Franklin Roosevelt told the British statesman as a warning, "Winston, I hope you won't be sore at me for what I'm going to do". Unbeknownst to Churchill, the English diplomat was made the butt of all jokes, be it his famous love for cigars or John Bull, a figure used to glorify England. This continued for quite some time till Winston Churchill was fuming with rage and Stalin was cracking up with laughter. Finally, the deed was done, and the great American leader had managed to cut through the Soviet chief's cold demeanour. With his peerless sense of humor, Roosevelt had not only befriended the uncommunicative Stalin, but had also taken the liberty of calling the latter, "Uncle Joe".