Day of Infamy: When Capone Gave FDR a Ride

Dec. 8, 1941, FDR drove to Congress to make his historical speech and declare war on Japan, bringing the U.S. into Word War II.


On the way to make that speech, FDR was driving in Capone's car, which had been seized when Al went up the river for income tax evasion. It was bulletproof, and at the time, there was not enough money in the budget to afford the POTUS the protection such a car provides.

Upon seeing the slick black 1928 Cadillac gleaming before him, FDR asked the secret service agents what was up.  They told him, noting their concern that Japanese saboteurs may try to assassinate him.

"I hope Al doesn't mind," FDR quipped.

I think ol' Scarface would've been proud.

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