I am a great fan of historical references, and so was pleased to see Wesley Pruden’s mention of President Franklin D. Rooselvelt in the December 17 column “The deadly dereliction of duty at the top” (Web). However, I’d like to offer a slight clarification. The immortal line “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” was not uttered by Roosevelet “on the eve of World War II,” as Mr. Pruden writes. Rather, that line is from FDR’s first inaugural speech, delivered in 1933.
Mr. Pruden was likely thinking of the “Four Freedoms” speech Roosevelt gave in early 1941, truly on the eve of our entry into that global conflict. The “Fourth Freedom” innumerated in that pronouncement was indeed “Freedom From Fear.”