Informal Remarks At Union Station Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Informal Remarks At Union Station Plaza, Washington, D.C.  (1944) 
by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
November 10, 1944
From the National Archives and Records Administration; Collection: Papers as President, President's Personal File, 1933 - 1945; Series: Speeches of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933 - 1945; File Unit: First Carbon Files, 1933 - 1945; ARC #198093

Mr. President of the Commission, and to the other Commissioners:

This is a very wonderful welcome home that you have given me on this rather rainy morning, a welcome home that I shall always remember. And when I say a welcome home, I hope that some of the scribes in the papers won't intimate that I expect to make Washington my permanent residence for the rest of my life.

In all these years -- eight years in the Navy Department, and twelve years now, and four to come -- it has had a great effect on Washington. Today it is very different from the Washington that I first came to in the first administration of President Cleveland. I go back -- Russ Young and I go back, I think, to Cleveland's first administration, because we are the same age.

So I want to tell you how glad I am to be here and say one word to you -- especially the Government workers -- for all that you are doing to win this war. And when I say especially the Government workers, I don't overlook all the other people in the city who make it possible for them to come here and live and work here.

So, thanks very much.

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