Monday, November 10, 2008

FDR

Not surprisingly, there is renewed interest in Franklin Roosevelt, the man and his policies. The Economist discusses H.W. Brands's new book and Roosevelt's character. Paul Krugman celebrates FDR but highlights his missteps, cautioning that we need an economic invigoration comparable to that provided by WWII (h/t Matthew Yglesias).

In short, we need a president who can match Roosevelt's now mythical temperament and personal courage and we need an economic stimulus that approximates the urgency and scope of WWII spending and works. Good luck Barack.

(image credit: FDR, Getty)