Margaret Thatcher, the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century, passed away today at age 87.
Thatcher enjoyed a close working relationship with President Ronald Reagan, and also worked with President Jimmy Carter and President George Bush.
Photo: Jimmy Carter with Margaret Thatcher, 09/13/1977
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Prohibition Ends - “At Last!”
When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933, a constitutional amendment to repeal Prohibition was already making its way through the state legislatures.
FDR acted immediately to ease Prohibition with the Beer-Wine Revenue Act. Prohibition was officially repealed on December 5, 1933.
This 1933 goblet commemorates the end of Prohibition with a series of seven vignettes, including a “G.O.P.” elephant and a “D.E.M.” donkey celebrating over a barrel of beer. The etched caption reads, “At Last!”
Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigns in Hyde Park, NY. 8/9/20
In 1920, FDR unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidacy. The men who worked with him on the campaign became his close associates, and would later become known as the Cuff Link Gang.
FDR gave each of the men a set of cuff links, one with the person’s initials, and the other with FDR’s. This club then met annually throughout Roosevelt’s life around the time of his birthday, and the parties usually were themed in some way. Other members were added to the club in later years through Roosevelt’s traditional giving of a set of links. Read More
-from the FDR Library
Incumbents at the Conventions
1984 Republican National Convention - President Ronald Reagan gives his acceptance speech in Dallas, Texas. 8/23/84.
1996 Democratic National Convention - President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore wave to the crowd in Chicago, Illinois at the United Center. 8/29/96.
Margaret Truman at the Democratic National Convention, holding up a newspaper headline that says “Truman Winner”. Senator Truman was nominated to run for Vice President with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Chicago, 7/21/44.
Despite his popularity, Truman had been reluctant to assume the role of Vice Presidential candidate, telling a reporter, “Hell, I don’t want to be President.”
Two decade later, on a visit to the Senate chamber, he confessed that his secret ambition was to occupy the front row seat of the majority leader.
The U.S. Senate website some fascinating stories on Choosing Truman for Vice President, here.
-from the Truman Library
1964 Democratic National Convention
Wide shot of the interior of the DNC Convention Hall looking toward the speaker’s platform. Delegates gathered on the floor and observers in the balconies. Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 24-28, 1964.
-from the LBJ Library
“This is no ordinary time” - Eleanor Roosevelt at the Democratic National Convention
Tensions ran high as Eleanor Roosevelt approached the podium to address the delegates of the 1940 Democratic National Convention. The prior evening’s raucous proceedings, which led to FDR’s nomination for an unprecedented third term candidacy, had been long and trying.
A host of political issues exposed fissures in the Democratic Party ranks, bringing The Convention to a standstill that bordered on outright revolt. Amidst this background, Eleanor Roosevelt delivered a historic speech using only a single page of notes. Read More
Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at the Democratic National Convention. 7/15/40.
-from the FDR Library