1 page, 4to (10½ x 7¼ in.), Hoover's personal stationery, in very fine condition." />
9 October 2002
HOOVER, Herbert. Typed letter signed ("Herbert Hoover") to John G. Mott, n.p., 17 September 1941. 1 page, 4to (10½ x 7¼ in.), Hoover's personal stationery, in very fine condition.
HOOVER EXCORIATES FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT: "THERE IS NO STOPPING THIS MAN AS HE TOTALLY IGNORES THE CONSTITUTION"
An interesting commentary made by a former President upon the actions of the present Executive. By the summer of 1941, Hoover had grown very critical of Roosevelt's foreign policy which seemed to violate neutrality and bring the United States closer to entering World War II. He was particularly critical of what he considered to be Roosevelt's abuse of executive power in what was labeled the "diplomacy of the deed." Hoover's biographer, Joan Wilson, explains: "By this diplomatic method, FDR waited until an American ship had been sunk or an Allied setback had occurred to announce some previously negotiated executive agreement binding the interests of the United States more closely than ever with the war in Europe" (Herbert Hoover, p. 247).
Here, Hoover writes a cordial letter to Mott in which he includes a stinging criticism of the President: "Many thanks for your telegram of this morning and even more thanks for your efforts in getting me on the radio in Los Angeles. Privately, I have the feeling there is no stopping this man as he totally ignores the Constitution and we have no other method of restraint that can be applied."
Exhibited: "Documenting the Constitution: A Manuscript History," The United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., May 1987 - May 1988.
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