How did FDR, presiding over a country still in deep economic depression, succeed in rallying Americans behind him, and why can't Obama seem to do the same?
Obama's economic advisors--all of whom come from the culture of Wall Street--have convinced him that challenging the business community too sharply would impinge on economic recovery. He has also carefully avoided criticism of the Bush Administration, I suppose because he wished to make a great point of reaching across the aisle to his Republican opposition. He has thus deprived himself of making plain who was responsible for the Great Recession. The legacy President Obama inherited from the Bush administration shortly became his own, and the American people never got a true sense of his values.
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