FDR was pretty much just a socialist political hack but the Greatest and Silent Generations idolized him. Most believe he saved them from the Great Depression when most historians have concluded that he prolonged it.
He did have the sense to get some good people on the Military side of the War though and let them run with it. Leahy and Marshall were two of the people he counted on. He did a lot of great things as a wartime leader because there was no other choice but at least he made a lot of right choices.
Read FDR’s executive orders for 12/8/41-1/7/42 and you will see a man totally in command.
FDR did one thing right.
He dumped Henry Wallace from his vp slot...
“FDR was pretty much just a socialist political hack but the Greatest and Silent Generations idolized him.”
Well, my Dad (a WWII bomber pilot) didn’t, and for just that reason.
Glass-Steagall was a bipartisan piece of legislation that came very early in FDR’s first term. It was a very good piece of work. It is considered part of FDR’s legacy but really it was crafted in the latter part of the Hoover years.
So not everything that is part of FDR’s legacy is bad.
Candidate Trump said he will work to bring back some form of Glass-Steagall. When it comes back, don’t be too quick to judge it as originally owned by FDR. It was a good and needed reform of the banking system and something like it is needed today.