Skip to comments.Fred Barnes in WS - "Not Your Father's FDR" - Cites Prof. Burt Folsom's "New Deal or Raw Deal?"
Posted on 05/10/2010 5:32:59 PM PDT by hillsdale1
Roosevelt had another advantage over Obama, a small one. Newspaper publishers were hostile to FDR, but the White House press corps liked him. He controlled what they wrote by insisting his remarks at twice-weekly sessions with reporters be off-the-record. He decided what they could quote. The reporting tended to emphasize FDRs intentions, not what might result from his policies. Obama, too, had a lovefest with the press until recently. But he dislikes being held accountable and has stopped holding full-fledged press conferences.
Presidential historian Fred I. Greenstein described FDR as endlessly inspiring in his book The Presidential Difference (rev. ed. 2009). Early in his presidency, Roosevelt stirred the publics morale, giving a stricken nation a valuable psychological boost, wrote historian David M. Kennedy in Time. Can you imagine anyone saying such things about Obama? Perhaps during the 2008 campaign, but not since hes been president. When Obama was inaugurated, 63 percent of Americans believed the country was moving in the wrong direction, according to a Rasmussen poll. Now 62 percent do.
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FDR's background was completely unlike most Americans' but he could make ordinary Americans believe he understood their plight.
Obama has only contempt for ordinary Americans--but we're supposed to worship him anyway.