Look! It’s FDR in a 1928 Chevrolet!

Day 27
Listening to: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 – Andante (happy birthday Mozart!)
Thought for the day: Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~Lewis Carroll (happy birthday to him too)

Jan27 - Tennessean credit

Photo credit: Tennessean 1934 – Roosevelt visits Nashville.

This morning I awoke to the news that President Obama would be visiting the high school where I attended, my children attended, and many of the children in my neighborhood attend. Most of my Twitter and Facebook friends were expressing a mixture of excitement, disdain, and thoughts on potential traffic issues. I suspect the high school was chosen because of the progress the principal has made in the last 5 years. This principal helped me personally keep my sanity during my daughter’s senior year. He’s the real deal.

The whole prospect of a presidential visit made me remember a story that 95-year-old Earlene Jenkins shared with me last year about another presidential visit. In November of 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt came to Nashville. During his visit he made a trip to the Hermitage. His journey to the home of Andrew Jackson brought his motorcade through the heart of Old Hickory Village. With excitement village residents lined the sidewalks of Hadley Avenue (the main road) to await his motorcade. Meanwhile, Earlene’s sister-in-law and husband, clueless to the impending presidential parade, guided a green 1928 Chevrolet on to Hadley and began to proceed down it. Those waiting to catch a glimpse of FDR thought the green Chevrolet was the president and began cheering wildly. When everyone came to the realization of what was happening, there was a lot of laughter and embarrassment. Presidential security was obviously a little bit different back then!

Here is a link to Earlene telling the story: http://www.oldhickorytales.org/images/stories/Jenkins/rooseveltvisit.mp3 .

Note: I did a little research post interview to get the correct date and reason for his visit.

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