The FDR Memorial

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 31•17 May 7, 1997

The new Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, dedicated last Friday in Washington, D.C., has come under fire for not depicting him in a wheelchair. What do you think?

  • “I don't know if the wheelchair would increase the monument's dignity, but it sure would increase its humor value. Cripples are hilarious!”

    Andy Noonan –
    Graphic Designer

  • “Without FDR my feminine odor would be out of control.”

    Lisa Proehl –
    Orthopedic Surgeon

  • “Why must the new statue hide the truth? Can't it show FDR's nurse helping him on with his underwear?”

    Randy Innis –
    Botanist

  • “This is Washington, D.C. If they put wheels on that thing, they'd be gone in 60 seconds.”

    Brenda Sorensen –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I'm still angry the Jefferson Memorial didn't depict him banging his slaves.”

    Dennis Farron –
    Police Officer

  • “Would the FDR in a wheelchair statue be able to talk like the Christopher Reeve statue I saw on Barbara Walters?”

    Reggie Yeager –
    Cab Driver

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