We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.
They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.
Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred.
Franklin Roosevelt re-election speech. Speech at Madison Square Garden (October 31, 1936) – Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Was the vitriol against FDR (who started Social Security, threatened to pack the Supreme Court, and was “radical” by most definitions) greater than the vitriol against Obama? Probably, but with modern communications media it’s easier to see it today. And I can’t imagine Obama saying “and I welcome their hatred!” It’s too much like “Bring it on!”