Obama Is Not Fdr

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Reelection With the American economy in such dire shape, re-election may seem unlikely for President Obama, but unlikely does not mean impossible, if Franklin D. Roosevelt did it, then maybe Obama can too. Roosevelt held some strong cards, not all of which Obama enjoys: First, his party commanded large majorities in both houses of Congress throughout his first term. Tuesday's (Nov 2) elections, which delivered the House to the Republicans, have made matters worse for Obama. For the rest of his term, he will find himself in a far different position than the first-term Roosevelt: He will be in opposition to Congress, rather than in charge of it. Second, Roosevelt had good timing. He entered the presidency a full three years into the worst economic disaster the United States had ever faced, by which time the system was so clearly broken that Americans gave him carte blanche. Moreover, the Depression was deep enough when he took office that even by 1936, voters still blamed Herbert Hoover and the Republicans. And crucially, the economy had begun to recover by 1936, if slowly. Obama's timing has been less fortunate. He rode the financial crisis to victory, but he inherited the recession that came with it. Because the recession deepened after his election, he had much greater difficulty pinning the blame on his predecessor than Roosevelt did. And while Obama succeeded in keeping the economy from sliding into a depressive abyss, he got little credit, an injustice that reveals a cruel fact of American politics: It is better to inherit a disaster than to avert one. Brandt may see Obama in FDR's spot but the more accurate comparison would be with his predecessor. Hoover was "a self-described Progressive and Reformer" (Wikipedia). He "saw the presidency as a vehicle for improving the conditions of all Americans by regulation" (Wikipedia).…...

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