Respect president

To the editor:

The day Franklin D. Roosevelt died, I came home from school to find my mother in tears. She believed he was the savior of the poor while Republicans cared more for Wall Street than the inner cities, later called ghettos. Nevertheless, Roosevelt, a rich man, was elected for an unprecedented third term by the American people during the Depression.

My point is that Americans at that time seemed to have not only respect for the office of the president of the United States but for the occupant elected to serve as well. Today, respect appears out of fashion. People with political aspirations are immediately suspect of motives other than the possible real, admirable desire to help people and country before self.

President Barack Obama broke the mold of his successors, which Americans are inclined to do. First, he was younger, he was virtually unknown, and he was labeled half-black, never considered before for our highest office. Where is it written you have to be a white male only?

Barack Obama is a good man; history will confirm this. In my day we learned, at our mother’s knee, that brotherhood will result at the end of time, that we will all be the color of an autumn leaf. Enough is enough.

Audrey Casier

Saranac Lake