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Assassins - How I Saved Roosevelt


That was President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt,

ladies and gentlemen, speaking to a crowd

of supporters here in Miami's beautiful Bayfront Park.

A group of notables are pressing in around

the President-elect's car.

There's Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago, and-

There's been a shot! I can't see-wait!

Mr. Roosevelt is waving! He's all right!

But Mayor Cermak has been hit!

The police have somebody in custody. An immigrant.

Giuseppe Zangara.

We take you now to a group of eyewitnesses

who will tell us what they saw!


We're crowded up close,

And I see this guy,

He's squeezing by,

I catch his eye,

I say to him, "Where do you

Think you are trying to go, boy?

Whoa, boy!"

I say, "Listen, you runt,

You're not pulling that stunt,

No gentleman pushes his way to the front."

I say, "Move to the back!", which he does

with a grunt-

Which is how I saved Roosevelt!



Well, I'm in my seat,

I get up to clap,

I feel this tap,

I turn-this sap,

He says he can't see,

I say, "Find a lap

And go sit on it!"

Which is how I saved-



He started to swear

And he climbed on a chair,

He was aiming a gun-I was standing right there-

So I pushed it as hard as I could in the air,

Which is how I saved Roosevelt!


Lucky I was there-


That's why he was standing back so far-!


That's why when he aimed, He missed the car-!


Just lucky I was there,

Or we'd have been left

Bereft of F.D.R.!


You think that I scare?

No scare.

You think that I care?

No care.

I look at the world-

No good. No fair. Nowhere.

When I am boy,

No school.

I work in a ditch,

No chance.

The smart and the rich

Ride by,

Don't give no glance.

Ever since then, because of them,

I have the sickness in the stomach,

Which is the way I make my idea

To go out and kill Roosevelt.

First I was figure I kill Hoover,

I get even for the Stomach.

Only Hoover up in Washington.

Is wintertime in washington,

Too cold for the stomach in Washington-

I go down to Miami Kill Roosevelt.

No laugh!

No funny!

Men with the money,

they control everything.

Roosevelt, Hoover-

No make no difference.

You think I care who I kill?

I no care who I kill,

Long as it's King!


The crowd's breaking up

And I hear these shots,

And I mean lots-


I thought I'd plotz-


I spotted hi-


My stomach was tied in knots-


So I barrelled-



No, happened was this:

He was blowong a kiss-


She means Roosevelt-


I was saying to Harold, "This weather is bliss!"


When you think that we might have missed seeing

Him miss-!


Lucky we were there!


It was a historical event-!


Worth every penny that we spent!


Just lucky we were there!


To think, if I let him get up closer-!


I saw right awat he was insane_

Oh, this is my husband, we're from Maine-


He told me to sit, but I said, "No, Sir!"


This makes our vacation a real success!


Are you with the press?




Oh God, I'm a mess...


Some left wing foreigner, that's my guess-


No left!

You think I am left?

No left, no right,

No anything!

Only American!

Zangara have nothing,

No luck, no girl,

Zangara no smart, no school,

But Zangara no foreign tool,

Zangara American!

American nothing!

And why there no photographers?

For Zangara no photographers!

Only capitalists get photographers!





No fair

I was there!


So what?

I'm on the front page-

Is that bizarre?

No sorry!

And all of those pictures,

Like a star!

And soon no

Just lucky I was there!


We might have been left

Who care?

Bereft of F.

Pull switch!

No care,


No more,