|Text on Button||I WANNA BE A CAPTAIN TOO|
Blue text on a white background
|Back Paper / Back Info||
ST. LOUIS MO
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Used during the 1940 presidential campaign of Wendell Willkie, this button refers to the a controversy surrounding President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's family. In 1940, Roosevelt's son Elliot had enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He was quickly given the rank of Captain while bypassing the standard procedure necessary for receiving the title. The topic soon became a controversial issue amongst the American public at the time. Willkie's supporters distributed this button as an attack on Roosevelt and the perceived special treatment that his family was receiving.
I Wanna Be a Captain Too - Anti FDR Button. Lori Ferber Presidential Memorabilia. Retrieved from https://www.loriferber.com/roosevelt-i-wanna-be-a-captain-too-button.ht…