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The left and right agree: Obama is no FDR

Larry Jacobs addresses realities of comparisons between FDR and Obama.

In "Reaching for a New Deal," Theda Skocpol and Lawrence Jacobs recall with bemusement the sepia-tinged excitement that greeted Obama's victory in 2008. What the FDR-obsessed pundits missed, the two political scientists say, was that "the timing, nature, and severity" of the economic crises the two presidents faced were very different.

The Washington Post
November 8, 2011

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