Thursday, February 18, 2010

About comparing Obama to FDR

There's a post over on Democratic Underground today by someone who heard an 94 year old Democrat give a speech explaining why we ought not to expect the president to be another Franklin Roosevelt. Here's part of that:

But most of her words were directed to his critics on the Left who complain that Obama isn't acting enough like FDR. Geri remembers FDR, well. She went on to explain just how different it was for President Roosevelt then than it is for President Obama today. For one thing, FDR's white skin shielded him from the virulent racism that Obama is subjected to from many corners. For another, FDR had the prominent Roosevelt name behind him. He was an American aristocrat. FDR had a Democratic majority in Congress that dwarfed that which we have now. Much of the country was in utter poverty and desperation. "If you've ever seen The Grapes of Wrath, that's what was going on. People were losing everything and everything was covered in dust." Essentially, FDR had the power of a dictator and he and Congress, in fact, passed some legislation that was unconstitutional and had to be fixed later. The bottom line was that FDR was in a much better position to effect sweeping changes than Obama could ever hope to be. She ended her remarks by reiterating how proud she was of our President and how great a job she thought he was doing.

You know, I think some very good points are being made here. But I'm still of the mind that the Democrats today are pretty spineless and that Mr. Obama is just too invested in being "nice".

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:05 PM

    I don't think we have a clue as to what he is actually up against and fail to comprehend how anyone can blame him alone for the pathetic state of affairs...

    annie c


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