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Fala - FDR Memorial

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 June 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

President Roosevelt, with his dog Fala, a Scottish Terrier. Fala survived President Roosevelt by seven years and was buried alongside him. The quotation in the background was spoken at the address to the Annual Dinner for White House Correspondents' Association, Washington, D.C., on March 15, 1941 and reads, "They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order."

This was considered a controversial statue of Roosevelt at the time of the memorial's unveiling as he is seen covering his body with a cape and hiding his wheelchair. Roosevelt frequently hid his polio from the general populace because he feared that the country would see him weak and not a good President.

An additional statue, not original to this memorial site, was erected at a later date showing President Roosevelt in his hand-made wheelchair.

Photo taken May 5, 2010.

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MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

BEautiful light and tones . IS that your dog ? ha ha I need somebody alive on this picture , so kidding for a dog :)

10 Jun 2010 1:18pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Great light & shade, and I love the quote, it is still so relevant!

10 Jun 2010 1:33pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

A very beautiful capture, perfect framing, very good color, Yours sincerely.

10 Jun 2010 1:49pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Awesome shot! Great composition and detail! Color shading perfect! They always say, man resembles his dog :) .

10 Jun 2010 2:51pm

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

I wasn't aware he wore the cloak over the chair like that. Intelligent on his part. So much stigma is assigned to those with health problems as if the rest of them doesn't function if they have a bad arm or something. Think of how brilliant Steven Hawking is. I think in this day an age while he is seen as afflicted, he's not treated that way because he is just so smart and has proven himself. But in FDR's time.. that wasn't always the case. Well described, depicted, processed.

10 Jun 2010 4:03pm

@Dutch: Roosevelt actually didn't wear a cape/cloak over himself. It was the artist, George Segal, who decided to drive home the point that Roosevelt hid his disability by incorporating this cape as part of the monument. That angered some people, which is why there was the response that led to the sculpture that was added at a later date and featured this past Monday.

I couldn't agree more about Stephen Hawking. :-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Trueman was greatly underrated by historians, your pictures have gone some way towards redressing this balance. He the right man at the right time.

10 Jun 2010 5:06pm

Antoine from France

A superb photo. Beautiful light and tone. I like it. Have a lovely afternoon Steven.

10 Jun 2010 5:54pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A super photo of this beautiful sculpture.

10 Jun 2010 9:14pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Huh,good friends :)

11 Jun 2010 12:28am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

The dog adds a humanistic feeling.

11 Jun 2010 4:32am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

A great President.

11 Jun 2010 4:40am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

How on earth did I mix up Roosevelt and Trueman?

11 Jun 2010 5:01pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I really like your processing... excellent photo.

13 Jun 2010 5:59pm