FDR On The Comeback Trail
I am sure most of you have seen the cover of the most recent Time magazine which portrays President-Elect Obama in a classic FDR photo. It seems everyone now agrees that Obama needs to learn lessons from FDR. Richard Cohen, while not getting his history exactly right (especially on Lincoln), writes:
In his recent "60 Minutes" interview, Obama paid homage to Roosevelt as well as Lincoln. The question, though, is not which president he most admires but which president he most resembles. If it is Lincoln, then we have a problem. Lincoln had one overriding goal and that was to reunite the Union. It was a massive undertaking, but he knew just how to do it: Find a commanding general who would fight and pour on the troops. This, he suggested, was going to be a bloody war that he would see through to the end.
That does not really tell us a lot about how FDR did it, imo. My very first post at Talk Left in the summer of 2006 was titled What Obama Needs To Learn From Richard Hofstadter, FDR and Lincoln. It is a piece I am very proud of and will quote at length on the flip:
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