A large crowd of the Democratic Party faithful, in formal dress, gather for a Victory Dinner, in the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, to celebrate Franklin D. Roosevelt's reelection in 1937. An orchestra plays "Happy Days Are Here Again." The President stands at a table (with a man assisting him) as Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt is escorted to his side. A battery of news photographers take their pictures. Mrs. Roosevelt speaks to President Roosevelt and then leaves. Scene shifts to banquet hall with guests seated at a long table, surrounded by others at round tables. The orchestra plays smooth dinner music. Waiters move among the guests. Reelected President Roosevelt chats with his Vice President, John Nance Garner, seated to his left.
View of the U.S. National Archives Building, March 1936. in Washington, DC. Fortunately the city escaped damage from the great Potomac River flood. Next scenes cover damage caused due to a flood in Ohio, United States in January 1937. View of a weather vane in stiff winds. The level of the Ohio river rises. The flooded tributaries of the river. A map locates the flood affected areas. It depicts the high and low pressure areas. Map depicts heavy rains continuing for 20 days from January 6 to January 26, totaling 16 to 20 inches in the affected area.
Mayor of the New York City Fiorello H. LaGuardia walks in with some files in front of the Union Station, the Washington DC train station. He sits into a Diamond Cab and drives away. The U.S. Capitol is also visible behind. Trolleys on streets. Department of Interior, Washington DC. Officials walking out of the department building. 11 August 1937.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt stands at podium and speaks after Democratic Victory Dinner, in the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, on March 4, 1937. He states that, "Democracy in many lands has failed, for the time being, to meet human needs." He speaks of people being so fed up with debate and party bickering that they surrender democratic principles and processes to get things done. He goes on to speak of history, and failure of dictatorship. He states that, "In the United States, Democracy has, not yet, failed, and does not need to fail." At that point the audience applauds. Roosevelt refers the the Agricultural Adjustment Act. He complains about the Supreme Court. He remarks with a smile that, as the lawyers themselves say, "In this fight, time is of the essence." The audience applauds. He speaks of meeting the needs of the peple, now.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, standing at podium, speaking after Democratic Victory Dinner, in the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, on March 4, 1937. He castigates the Supreme Court for issuing what he describes as a "pronunciamento," the Court's decision that neither the Federal Government nor the States may legally address issues of hours and wages. Roosevelt says it defines a "No man's land of final futility." The audience applauds. He goes on to speak to various problems with the Supreme Court. He speaks of freeing progressive actions of the Democratic Party from legal doubt. He calls for courage and wisdom. He notes that "here is one third of a nation, ill nourished;ill clad;ill housed." The President mentions farmers burdened by mortgage interest, and people laboring for inadequate wages. He decries the fact that thousands of children who should be in school, are, instead, working in mines and mills. The audience responds with enthusiastic applause.
Church choir members in white robes line the sidewalk and enter St. Thomas' Parish Episcopal Church, located at 1772 Church Street, NW, in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The President and First Lady are seen arriving in the President's 1937 Packard seven-passenger parade touring car, accompanied by several Secret Service agents, walking beside the car and others riding in a car behind. People gather along the sidewalks to get a glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt. Policemen maintain cordons in front of the sightseers. The Presidential motorcade drives up to an awning-covered side entrance of the stone church. Views of the building in the background. Following the worship service, President Roosevelt poses alongside two clergy from the church (one of whom may be Howard Sargent Wilkinson called as Rector of St Thomas Parish in 1936). Mrs. Roosevelt is seen behind in a fur coat. The President uses a cane to steady himself. Later the presidential open car departs (bearing license plate with number 101). It is followed by another car carrying Secret Service agents, bearing license plate reading: "USSS" for U.S. Secret Service. (Note: The Sanctuary building of St. Thomas' Parish Church was destroyed by fire, believed to be result of arson, in 1970.)