Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Roosevelts

Hank Steuver writes, "‘The Roosevelts’: Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go.  Let’s start with the end. When it’s over — when you make it through the marathon that is Ken Burns’s beautiful, seven-part documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which begins Sunday night on PBS — you may find yourself with a lingering, nebulous grief. You’re sorry it’s over. You’re sorry they’re over. You’re sorry a certain expression of American ideals is, or often appears to be, completely over."

I'll be watching the final two hours from 10-12 tonight and am already sorry to see them go. Every Ken Burns documentary is always the best thing on television, and everything afterwards is anticlimactic. This has been a great tribute to the courage, character, and humanity of TR, FDR and Eleanor. Since I've been awed by FDR for over 40 years, it will be hard to see the news of his death tonight.

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