New book looks at FDR's first 100 days in office

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
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As America faces its greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there have been countless allusions to Barack Obama’s presidency with what Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to contend with back in 1932.

Reports have surfaced that Obama is studying FDR’s first 100 days even looking at the words Roosevelt used and the tone he struck, in hopes of emulating the way FDR carried on a conversation with the American public and built confidence in the New Deal.

In the new book, Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America, New York Times Editor Adam Cohen writes about how FDR and his advisors created the New Deal.

Both Obama and Roosevelt shared the advantage of having a Democratic Congress to work with, but as Cohen tells WMNF, Roosevelt had a larger majority.

Stay tuned for the second part of this interview on tomorrow night’s newscast.

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