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Fireside Chats: Leading a Nation in Crisis

William J. vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
William J. vanden Heuvel

Twenty-eight times during his presidency Franklin Roosevelt used the Fireside Chat to discuss problems of our economy, national security, constitutional crises, and the war. Americans repaid his confidence in them by electing him four times as President of the United States.

Obama Set To Join FDR In Exclusive Class

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is poised to match Franklin Roosevelt's record of being sworn in as the nation's leader four times. While FDR se...

2013 Looks A Lot Like 1937 In Four Scary Ways

Bloomberg View | Amity Shales | Posted 11.19.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View: Will 2013 be 1937? This is the question many analysts are posing as the stock market has dropped after the U.S. election. On Nov....

What Obama And FDR Have In Common

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.08.2012 | Business

What do Franklin Roosevelt and President Barack Obama have in common? Well, besides both attending Columbia and Harvard universities, they're two pres...

Conventional Thinking

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The Republican Party tried to paper over the nastiness of their primary season with empty and abstract rhetoric about jobs and the economy. The Democrats had to counter a sense of disengagement by the public. It does not appear that either of them succeeded.

Why President Obama Can't Make Like FDR on Jobs

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

President Obama has none of the luxuries FDR had and all of the liabilities. One need not speculate about the wrath that he'd incur from millions who passionately believe that he's a closet socialist if he advocated government job programs.

Hoping for Some FDR in Obama's State of the Union

Billy Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Billy Shore

I'd be surprised if Obama doesn't make at least some mention of poverty and the toll it is taking. But the real question is whether he will back it up with an aggressive anti-poverty agenda as FDR did.

A Lesson for Now From 1934

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

Americans love a good fighter. In November, 1934, against the odds and history, Roosevelt's Democrats picked up 9 House and 9 Senate seats. Can Obama do the same today?

Happy Birthday, Barack! Now, We'd Like Your Oratorical Gifts

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian F. Keane

It seems as though the president has forgotten one of the key reasons we voted for him -- and he's deprived us of one of his greatest gifts. We need him to talk to us, to reassure us and to challenge us.

What Obama Could Learn from a New Book on FDR

Jordan Michael Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jordan Michael Smith

If Obama is to not just solve a few issues but to fundamentally change the direction of the country, he may have to alter basic U.S. institutions. If that sounds radical, consider that it was one of the major ideas of FDR.

Obama Invokes FDR's Battle For Social Security

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his remarks at Organizing for America's National Health Care Forum on Thursday, President Obama invoked FDR's battle to pass Social Security, clear...

Obama Isn't FDR Yet -- But He Might Still Do It

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

To the people who shrug and say that politicians are all the same, answer with four words: torture and stem cells.

Obama's Fireside Chats: Regular Television Addresses

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Slate reports that President Obama is considering a series of short televised addresses to respond to economic issues -- taking a cue from Franklin D....

Newsweek: Obama's Job Is Harder Than FDR's

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the financial markets pause at the edge of the abyss, deciding whether to back away, we should take a moment to mull over all the Blame Obama rheto...

The Obamanomics Diet

Mark Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Adams

If Obama wants to improve wellness for Americans while slimming the deficit before the 2012 elections, he might consider adopting another role model from the New Deal era: Bernarr Macfadden.

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

wsj.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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. Roos...

Fighting the New Deal All Over Again

Kim Phillips-Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Phillips-Fein

As the idea of the New Deal comes back in style, so does opposition to the vision of activist government.

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.

Krugman: We're In For A Year Of "Economic Hell"

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Paul Krugman writes Monday that, no matter what President-elect Obama does, we're in for up to a year of "economic hell" -- and that things will never...

Obama's Transition: What Change Will Look Like

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It is one of the ironies of politics and history that when the candidate of change was pondering what he would do if he actually got elected President...

Obama And The End Of Reaganomics

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Kuttner

A President Obama's greatest challenge would be to reverse the ideological assumptions of the past three decades and then to use affirmative government to deliver not just economic recovery but a just and balanced economy and a revitalized democracy.