In 1938, former President Hoover picked on FDR with gusto.

U.S. Presidents of the Past Didn’t Always Act Politely Either

U.S. Presidents of the Past Didn’t Always Act Politely Either

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Oct. 3 2018 6:09 PM

Taking Aim at the New Guy

On Oct. 18, 1938, former President Hoover picked on his successor with gusto.

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Oct. 18, 1938, when former President Hoover picked on his successor with gusto. Many U.S. presidents to follow were also publicly critical of the new one in office.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest co-host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.