...FDR parties on his 52d birthday
President Franklin Roosevelt was sometimes called a dictator by critics. As his 52nd birthday approached in 1934, he decided to turn this criticism into a jab at his critics - with a toga party.
It had a “Caesarian” theme, and guests, inckuding the birthday boy himself, wore togas and centurion costumes. Who assumed the role of Caesar? Why, of course, Roosevelt himself, with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as the “Delphic Oracle”. Just below her is Louis Howe, FDR’s longtime political adviser, dressed as a member of the Praetorian Guard.
The party was held on January 30, 1934, at the White House by members of the Cuff Links Gang, a group of longtime political advisers and friends who joined Roosevelt every year for his birthday.
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