The President’s Wife and I: a Comparison

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August 26, 2013

The President’s Wife and I: A Comparison
How in all of space and time can I legitimately compare myself to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, without becoming overwhelmed by the magnitude of her greatness? A comparison between her and I is ill-advised for so many reasons. I might discover that Eleanor Roosevelt is more than a million times fantastic than I am. On the other hand, I might discover that we experienced similar childhoods in regards to our upbringing. Nonetheless, an attempt will be made and maybe I will see that Eleanor Roosevelt and I are not as different as I have led myself to believe. The comparison of my life to that of Eleanor Roosevelt is not going to be easy for me because I despise talking about myself. My life is so uninteresting to me that rarely do I ever think that anyone cares to know anything more than superficial information about me. However, I hope to touch on our personal views of family, career, sexuality, and social issues.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born, ironically, just two days prior to the birth of my paternal grandfather, Fredrick Paul Roenfanz Sr., to Elliot and Anna Hall Roosevelt on October 11, 1884 in New York City. Eleanor Roosevelt (1992) grew up in a privileged society that she describes as a society where “you were kind to the poor, you did not neglect your philanthropic duties, you assisted the hospitals and did something for the needy” (p. 4). I believe she grew up to be the kind of individual who cared deeply about making the world a better place to live in and did her best to help change the world which is something that I empathize with. However, her parents thought differently. Her mother was convinced that the only way to measure a woman’s success was by her beauty and social graces. Eileen Morey (1998) writes of the views Anna Hall Roosevelt had…...

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