John Lockwood has watched with interest as tobacco products are banned in more and more places around Washington. And they don’t have to be lit.
“Consider the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and its Roosevelt-and-Fala [FDR’s famous Scottish terrier] double statue,” notes the Washington historian. “Somewhere during the design process, Mr. Roosevelt’s trademark cigarette holder was dropped. The visitor will now find FDR extending two fingers at him — horizontally, that is.”
Indeed, there were cries of “political correctness” in 1997 when President Clinton dedicated a cigarette-less Roosevelt memorial, midway between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. And it wasn’t just FDR’s familiar cigarette holder that was scrapped.
The nearby statue of Eleanor Roosevelt is all but naked without her trademark fox fur draped around her shoulders.