Friday, September 26, 2008
In the Temple of Greatness
Here I am with a real famous dog, FDR's dog Fala. Don't worry, he's not going to eat me, it's just a statue. He's very BIG as you can see, but I hear he was a real friendly dog. Fala was known to have a second-class mind but first-class temperament (you know, like a lot of dogs). The little known fact is how influential Fala was over the course of history. FDR would ponder important decisions, and be pretty indecisive. So he would ask Fala's advice and whatever Fala woofed for the loudest is the course FDR would take. Like take Social Security, for instance. Roosevelt was against it at first, arguing it's just a Ponzi scheme and socialistic. But Fala was so emphatic in his support that FDR finally relented. Roosevelt kinda blundered on that one, though, because he forgot to include the canine provision in Social Security. Fala was quite angry when he heard about the final legislation, but being a dog, he quickly forgot and was still excited and wagged his tail when FDR entered the room.