• Short Summary

    Roosevelt's impassioned plea for democracy.
    Personalities at first 1940 meeting of Congress hear President Roosevelt make?

  • Description

    Washington D.C., USA

    Gen. view extr. of white House thru' trees
    Semi view & semi view of Taft at desk with book
    Semi view Edison being sworn in as Secretary of Navy with Mrs. Edison behind
    Semi view Edison shakes hands & then kisses wife
    Gen. view extr. of the Capitol
    Gen. view police checking credentials at doorway
    Semi view of Bankhead arriving. semi view senators in doorway
    Top view intr. of Congress applauding
    Gen. top view & long view of Roosevelt speaking
    Gen. view of congress rising & applauding

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    Roosevelt says that Americans must keep ablaze the flames of human liberty, of reason of democracy and of fair play, and hopes that 1940 may be a year when democracy has again justified its existence as the best instrument of government yet devised.

    Good scenes

    Gen. view Garner out of doorway
    CU Garner posing
    Semi view cameramen extr taking pictures
    Gen. view front view L-R, Bankhead, Garner, Barkeley, Rayburn
    Semi view & CU Edison seated at desk
    Semi view of Taft seated at desk speaking
    Semi CU Taft speaking at desk & tears book across
    Semi view pase of Johnson & Taft with camera
    Semi view Johnson & Taft by camera
    Taft speaks
    Semi view intr of cameramen in group
    Semi view & long view of President addressing Congress

    Sound Effects
    Taft says that the President wants him to balance the budget in two years, and says that it could be balanced if they stopped spending government money & continues that they must tear up the old budget & start at the beginning again.

    Sound Effects
    Roosevelt says that the first President of the U.S. warned them against making entangling foreign alliances and they have followed that percept, and that security does not lie in armed force alone, and that they face is a set of world wide forces of disintegration.

    United States of America; Government and Politics; Personalities - Politicians; Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
    Background: Roosevelt's impassioned plea for democracy.
    Personalities at first 1940 meeting of Congress hear President Roosevelt make another impassioned plea for democracy.

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    Reuters - British Paramount Newsreel
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