FDR Takes Oath of Office, Reassures Nation

March 4, 1933. Bitter cold weather could not keep away the 150,000 people gathered in front of the White House to see Franklin Delano Roosevelt inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States. It is estimated that another 50 million people listened to his address over the radio.

Although the President's acknowledged the grave situation that America faces today, he assured the nation that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."