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That changed on December 11, when Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, which quickly declared war on Germany and Italy. In early evening, he called in his secretary, Grace Tully. Over a thousand crewmen aboard the USS Arizona battleship were killed after a 1, pound aerial bomb penetrated the forward magazine causing catastrophic explosions.

Essentially, Roosevelt's speech and timing extended his executive powers to not only declaring war but also making war, a power that constitutionally belongs to Congress. A Lost Copy?

He had studied, reviewed, and read aloud each draft, and had changed it again and again, either in his own handwriting, by dictating inserts, or making deletions.

infamy speech transcript

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

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I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us. Senate Usually, when addressing Congress, Roosevelt brought back to the White House the "reading copy" of the speech he had just given. But Roosevelt was careful to limit his comments in the December 8 speech and in a radio "fireside chat" a few days later to Japan, for Germany and Italy were not officially at war with the United States. Coming from over two thousand years ago, the idea of kairos , [15] which relates to speaking in a timely manner, makes this speech powerful and rhetorically important. Armed Forces. Eight battleships were damaged, with five sunk. The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Roosevelt also made a point of emphasizing that "our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger" and highlighted reports of Japanese attacks in the Pacific between Hawaii and San Francisco.

Thirty-three minutes after he finished speaking, Congress declared war on Japan, with only one Representative, Jeannette Rankin, voting against the declaration.

December 7 1941

Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Roosevelt's Rhetorical Presidency , p. Two of Roosevelt's speechwriters, Samuel I. Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The applause, the spirit of cooperation, came equally from both sides. Congress responded immediately by declaring war on them. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack. Essentially, Roosevelt's speech and timing extended his executive powers to not only declaring war but also making war, a power that constitutionally belongs to Congress. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

It will be short. Hopkins, memorandum, Dec.

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