Curtis Roosevelt, born in New York City in 1930, spent much of his childhood in the White House when his grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, lived there. He received an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of Government and Public Law and held various civil service positions in the United Nations from 1964 to 1983. He is currently retired, living in the South of France, and was recently appointed as a visiting professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Affairs. In the last 15 years Roosevelt has participated in a dozen or more documentary film for the BBC, US Public Television, and the History Channel, and in 2008, he published a memoir, Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Grandparents Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Friday, August 12, 2011
The Absent Commander-in-Chief: Who's in Charge Here?
During World War II, when Franklin Roosevelt was commander-in-chief, I observed the president quite closely. I once joined him and Admiral William Leahy (first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) for lunch at his desk in the Oval Office. Just before I left for boarding school, I had lunch on the lawn beside the West Wing with my grandfather's running mate in the 1944 presidential election, the senator from Missouri, Harry S. Truman--just the three of us.