Altered his­tory

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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