FDR was a tool. Why he is admired by otherwise sensible people is beyond my limited grasp.
I know some college professors who pretty much worship him.
Even my Father thinks FDR was a good man, though I have recently set the story straight with him. My Dad was born in 1931 and to him, the jobs programs started by FDR were a good thing. He was one of a family of 9 children, when poverty was REAL, so I can understand where he comes from.
Our collective grandpa thru the depression and WWII
both rather traumatic...my parents loved his demeanor even as my dad and pawpaw hated his politics
FDR carried everyone at first but rich northeastern Yankees who knew him for what he was
A traitor to their class
But he was popular elsewhere in 32 and 36 with landslides
But by 1940 he was known as a progressive by common sense midwesterners and great plains folk
But still a dearth of electoral votes in opposition
FDR was in a class by himself for his era
Not sure what drove his socialism
He was a mamas boy...
Socially conservative....hell who wasn’t then?
His socialism still lingers....and was the springboard for our cancers