Presidential libraries have historical problem

While researching a book on presidential libraries in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., Benjamin Hufbauer came across a Chicago Tribune editorial cartoon from December 1938 that crystallizes the problem with presidential libraries. The cartoon shows FDR dressed as Santa leaving a present in his own stocking, with a card that says: "Hyde Park Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt. To be enlarged by public subscription and forever maintained at government expense. To be grander than Mt. Vernon and Monticello."


First, by definition, the newspaper of Col. McCormick ought not to be trusted on anything concerning FDR.

Second, it's particularly ironic to see an article like this from a paper that now sponsors its own "Freedom Museum".

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