A new clip offers a glimpse into Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life. In the clip, you can see the president sitting by his wife at an outdoor gathering in 1934, a beer mug resting on his table, and several people lounging nearby as he holds court. His sleeves are rolled up and he’s wearing his glasses as he reads aloud from a book, chuckling at passages. The segment comes from a trove of historic film, mostly home movies, that have been made available by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, in Hyde Park, New York.
Most of the footage of one of the most illustrious and enigmatic men to occupy the White House has never been seen. The Washington Post writes that they capture rare images of the president by the poolside, unconcerned that his legs, emaciated from polio, are clearly visible. There is also footage of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her friends ice skating.
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