I can understand why they called him little. But I'm not sure anything about FH LaGuardia is flowerlike. Maybe they should have called him "The Little Dumpling." That would have been much cuter, and he'd have gotten loads of support from his Chinese constituents.
This photo goes back to my Pentax ZX-M days, circa 1999-2001.
The Little Dumpling That Could.
I think there's a story in that somewhere.