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80 But political leaders, as he knew well, have constituencies to court, refractory members of their own party to conciliate, and opposition parties to handle. ”81 Though FDR was supremely skilled in communicating and connecting with Americans, he had no unambiguous, resounding message about America’s role and responsibility in the international crisis. While the president was ruminating Hamlet-style over how and in what direction to lead, Hitler and his Nazi army acted. On April 9, 1940, German troops advanced across the undefended border of Denmark.
63 As the Führer mockingly pronounced the names of all of those nations which, of course, Germany would never dream of attacking, his audience in the Reichstag rocked with laughter, captivated by their leader’s wit. 32 Walking on Eggs Hitler showed his true hand and his appetite for lawless aggression, wrote one perceptive Washington Post columnist who, reading between the lines, called his speech the Mein Kampf of 1939. While some French politicians who were committed to appeasement read a pacific intention into the speech, on Capitol Hill, adjectives such as “defiant” and “sinister” were heard among congressmen.
44 At a press conference a week after Kristallnacht, President Roosevelt expressed “shock” over the German persecution of Jews. But would he consider offering sanctuary to Jewish refugees? one reporter asked. He had given the subject a great deal of study, he replied, but declined to be more specific. What about raising immigration quotas? another reporter asked. 45 The president did order that the visas of some fifteen thousand Germans and Austrians be extended indefinitely and that consular officials suspend, at least temporarily, enforcement of the “likely to become a public charge” clause they had used in order to deny visas to Jews impoverished by Nazi confiscations.
1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election amid the Storm by Susan Dunn