Lots of questions about the 25th Amendment, but America has overcome presidential succession crises before

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) had just concluded breakfast on an early spring day on April 12, 1945, at his “Little White House” atop Pine Mountain in Warm Springs, Georgia. 

He was one month into his 12th year of the presidency.  

The president had recently returned from the Big Three Conference in Yalta, Crimea, where, with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Russian leader Joseph Stalin, he discussed the future of Eastern Europe, the role of the Soviet Union in the Pacific war against Japan and a new post-war organization called the United Nations. 


The president was resting after a grueling schedule while his mind as commander in chief was with the soldiers, Marines and naval forces of the United States fighting in two

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