President FDR served the country at momentous historical moment punctuated with world mistrust and the volatility of the world conflicts.
Despite this, Roosevelt organized a campaign that was slow to provide the actual details about its ability to lead the country. Through his inaugural address to the nation, Roosevelt articulated his play and view of the role of the federal government in addressing domestic and international obligations. Johnson also used the state of the nation address to the nation in 1964 to emphasize his Great Society ideals to the congress after assuming office following the death of John F Kennedy. In this paper, the varying views of the two former presidents on the role of the government through these two speeches will be compared and contrasted1.
Johnson made an emotive speech to congress in 1964 in which he highlighted the plans of his administration for the United States as the president. In a speech marked by the articulation of domestic policies and needs of the government to protect its citizens against poverty, disease, lack of education, insecurity and unemployment, Johnson expressed the role of the federal government to its people. Viewed as a promulgation of his election promises during the campaign, Johnson laid his plans to eliminate the suffering of the American citizens through empowering them and eliminating security threats.
Though the war of poverty was more dominant in his speech, Johnson articulated the need of the federal government under his administration to ensure that the American people do not suffer from the pangs of poverty, destitution, lack of enough teachers and poor educational opportunities. Through the great society and anti-poverty reforms in the country, Johnson emphasized that it is the role of the federal government to eliminate poverty that has held the world’s wealthiest country hostage2.
The commitment to elimination of poverty in the country as highlighted in his