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Ed Asner: Tough times for FDR and Santa

Ed Asner: Tough times for FDR and Santa

After iconic TV curmudgeon Lou Grant, Ed Asner’s most familiar roles lately have come in portrayals of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Santa Claus. The “good will to men” spirit of each is under siege, Asner believes, and it makes him sick. “It’s been replaced by a emphasis on greed: ‘I got mine, screw you, I want more!’ ” Asner barks. “I’m pretty god-damned sickened that with all this country has, all the money, this country, as leader of the world, can’t properly feed, clothe, employ, house or educate our citizens.” Asner, 83, was speaking from his home in California’s San Fernando Valley, in a...

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