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President Obama Wants You to Join the Union

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

On Friday, President Obama, a onetime organizer, had more words to say about unions, and they were the kind of explicit endorsement that we literally haven't heard from a president since FDR's day.

Michelle Obama and the Covert Influence of First Ladies

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

As memories of Inauguration Day 2009 begin to fade in and the new administration ensues, speculation will only increase about how politically influential Michelle Obama will be as First Lady.

Obama's Inaugural Address: Better Than Pundits Allow

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As a master orator, Obama faced expectations for his inaugural speech that were infused with the stratospheric hopes of his audience. Reporters were ...

The "Make Him Do It" Dynamic

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Tom DeLay understood one of FDR's most important principles: that in order for a movement to be successful, it must bring pressure on presidents, and it must use Congress to administer that pressure.

Obama/FDR: The Video Mashup

Andrew Rich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rich

2009-01-29-fdr.jpg Check out this video we've put together that brings home Obama and FDR's shared priorities and values.

His Excellency: Barack Obama

David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Weiner

Despite some very true and obvious comparisons between the two, I feel it's my duty to nip the coming onslaught of Washington/Obama comparisons in the bud.

Amaze Us

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

As Barack Obama approaches the dais to take his oath of office, he is focused on delivering FDR's four freedoms to all Americans, each of which is in danger in America today.

Community Is the "New Deal"

Kari Henley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kari Henley

The First Family represents so many of the simple things we desperately need to model in our own lives; honest connections with our partners, family, friends, and neighbors.

Obama or FDR: Whose Strategy Will Work Better?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

One significant difference between the Roosevelt transition and that of Barack Obama is the swiftness with which the Obama transition team has moved to address the nation's economic crisis.

Where Has the Time Gone?

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Bush, You had more impact on the country than any other president in my lifetime. One may have to go back to FDR to find a commander in chief that had more influence on the republic.

Inaugural Address

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Wallechinsky

This is not the speech I hope that Barack Obama will give; I expect his to be a great one. Instead, this is the speech I would give if I were inaugurated as President of the United States.

Difficult Dilemmas in Word and Deed: The Costs and Benefits of Bipartisan Rhetoric in Resuscitating an Ailing Economy

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

Obama ran as both the candidate of change and the candidate of pragmatism and bipartisan action. So does he tell the story of our economic collapse and what we need to do about it without mentioning that someone actually caused it?

Why Barack Obama Needs To Fail

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Not only is failure an option, it is an imperative. Leaders who actively seek to avoid failure are destined to choose the most expedient, and therefore the most treacherous path.

Obama's Challenge

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

Above all, Obama's inherited a government badly broken by eight years of abuse -- but that government is the only instrument he has to get the job done.

The New Deal Redux

June Hopkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
June Hopkins

The PWA was Wall Street; the WPA was Main Street. The PWA served to stimulate business; the WPA employed Americans. Both served to boost the economy and rebuild the nation's infrastructure.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Obama

Rob Riemen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Riemen

As you compose your inaugural address, I fervently hope that you will not pass over the exchange of ideas in the White House between a great president and a great intellectual on the chilly morning of January 14, 1941.

The Great Depression, Pt. II

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In 1934 and 1936, the GOP made many of the same arguments against the New Deal that the right-wing echo chamber is parroting now. The electorate's verdict was overwhelming.

Interregnum: The Week Before The Year That's Coming

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

How much things cost in 1932: Average Cost of new house: $6,510.00; Average wages per year: $1,650.00; Cost of a gallon of Gas: 10 cents; A loaf of Bread: 7 cents.

We Need Action

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louise Mirrer

Make no mistake: those famous black-and-white photographs of breadlines and Dust Bowl migrants have been vividly brought back to life by CNN and Fox.

CBS: FDR's New Deal Blueprint For Obama

CBS News | Chip Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Anxiety and fear surround workers this holiday season. Last month, half a million people lost their jobs ... more than 2 million have since last Decem...

Obama's Crisis Presidency

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

As the presidency of George Bush was defined by the 9/11 crisis, Barack Obama's first term will be shaped by a battered economy. Bush launched his "...

Zelizer's Book Corner -- Anthony J. Badger's FDR: The First Hundred Days

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Anthony Badger's FDR: The First Hundred Days reveals the truth behind the myths circulating in Washington about whether a president can undertake major initiatives during a crisis.

Republicans Bring Socialism to America

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Let the record show that it was George W. Bush, the rich Texas Republican, who brought socialism to America, so don't blame it on that community organizer who made it into the White House.

The First Hundred Days or the Last Hundred Days?

Ira Chernus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ira Chernus

No one should be surprised that Obama said he's reading about Franklin D. Roosevelt's first hundred days in office. But the President-elect may be reading the wrong history.

Democracy Is The Only Economics That Works

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

FDR believed that the depression was caused by wealth flowing to the top (as today) and would be corrected by asserting that We, the People take back control of our common resources.