God's Gift to the U.S.A.: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"To the Greatest Man in the World," the letter said, and the postal authorities knew just where to deliver it. To the same place where they delivered letters addressed to "God's Gift to the U.S.A." and "My Friend, Washington, D.C." To the desk of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the White House. This was not pure sycophancy in the Post Office. The mailmen also knew where to deliver letters addressed to "Benedict Arnold 2nd" and "Chief Shooter at the Moon, White Father of the Pretty Bubbles."

And Roosevelt, the most loved and hated of Presidents, saved the envelopes. They became part of his...

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