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  •  Gabriel Over the White House (3+ / 0-)

    it's a little known movie which was produced by William Randolph Hearst as a helpful guide for Franklin Roosevelt after he was elected president.

    It depicts a president (a fictional surrogate for FDR) who undergoes a conversion after a car accident and ends the Depression by forcing Congress to grant him dictatorial powers, then having all the gangsters in the country lined up and shot and bullying his way to world peace.

    FDR reviewed the script as a favor to Hearst (who was a powerful force in the Democratic party) but I don't think he paid much attention to Hearst's "suggestions". Thankfully.

    Now Huey Long, on the other hand...

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sat May 02, 2009 at 01:28:58 AM PDT

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