Obama's Recipe: Two Parts FDR, Dash Of Reagan

03/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Abraham Lincoln may be President Barack Obama's favorite predecessor, but in his early White House days his recipe has been two parts Franklin D. Roosevelt with a dash of Ronald Reagan. As time goes on, it appears he's even more likely to follow the FDR model.

That's only partially because Messrs. Obama and Roosevelt share the Democratic label and its accompanying philosophy, even though the dominant party mindset is very different today than it was in the 1930s and 1940s.

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