Four Freedoms Speech

President Bush, congressional leaders, and academics spoke at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s… read more

President Bush, congressional leaders, and academics spoke at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech delivered January 6, 1941. Mr. Schlesinger spoke on the historical events surrounding the composition and delivery of the speech, and Anne Roosevelt connected her grandfather’s descriptions of the freedoms the U.S. fought for in World War Two with the freedom to dissent from supporting the Persian Gulf war. George Mitchell praised Franklin Roosevelt’s spirit during hard times in America, and Mr. Michel compared the challenges facing the U.S. in 1941 and 1991. Mr. Dole described his injuries in battle during World War Two, and said we must ensure the continuation of the Four Freedoms for all Americans. Mr. Gephardt emphasized FDR’s resolution despite media attacks, and Mr. Foley compared FDR’s state of the union speech with President Bush’s state of the union address. President Bush spoke on the inspiration and legacy of the Four Freedoms speech in the current era. close

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Four Freedoms Speech

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Program ID:
16093-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
Statement
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 30, 1991
Last Aired:
Feb 2, 1991

Airing Details

  • Jan 30, 1991 | 7:26pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 31, 1991 | 9:20am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 02, 1991 | 10:30pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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