President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his last inaugural address in January 1945, the final year of the Second World War. Roosevelt spoke of that supreme test for Americans and our allies, and how it tested our courage and our essential democracy. As we evaluate our current President’s leadership of our supreme test today, Roosevelt’s words resonate again. They are quoted below (shortened only slightly for space limitations):
“We Americans of today, together with our allies, are passing through a period of supreme test. It is a test of our courage — of our resolve — of our wisdom — our essential democracy.