President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) was a troubled man. He was in the middle of the Great Depression. The winds of war were raising it's dirty head in Europe. His wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) was not the most affectionate. Mrs. Roosevelt (Elizabeth Wilson), his mother, was under foot all the time. He needed people to help care for him due to the polio he had as a child leading to problems with his legs.
His wife was a cousin of his and for the most part was an arranged marriage. It might not have been called that, but it was. He would make his way back to his family home from time to time. It was on one of these trips that he would meet up again with his cousin some 5 times removed by the name of Daisy (Laura Linney).
Daisy would come to help as an aid would take care of a patient. They would get in the car and take off for rides in the area. The President would drive as he had a car fitted for his needs. At first these rides would be friendly but when they were out of sight of reporters and guards they would become more friendlier. This would eventually lead to an affair. Daisy would become a big part of the Presidents life. If there were times when the President could not unwind so he could go to bed, they would call Daisy. For some at first this led to some jealousy but after some time she would play a big part in his life. When the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) came to the estate for a visit it was awkward to say the least. Not so much for Daisy but for the President and all his family. They just didn't know how to act in front of each other. It wasn't until the King and the President spent some time alone did the two start to understand each other. England needed help from America and they needed it quick.
This is a touching tale of secret love. It allows us to understand some of the complications that the President had to ordeal. It also allows us to see that he was a human being with needs.
Director Roger Mitchell shows us the secrets that can be kept away from the American public. He shows us that the President who delivered us from the hands of the Nazis was merely a man. He does an excellent job with this film and crew and gives us a touching story to view.