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  •  4 years w/ 2 of his own party vs. 13 yrs (1+ / 0-)
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    Jeez.  FDR had 13 years w/ Dems in charge.  BHO had 2.  I actually am damned impressed at what he pulled off.  Willinois' list is accurate and I for one am impressed seeing BHO in that light.  BHO is the first excellent Dem president in my lifetime (1968- ).  He is the first transformative Dem.  I LOVED WHC.  But he was an incrementalist and bought us some time til GWB killed off Goldwater's movement.  We are finally ascendant.  I love BHO and history will reflect on him well.  And he is only 1/2 done his presidency and never wants to run for public office again.  All good stuff.

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    by ten canvassers on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:26:28 AM PST

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    •  Compare like with like, and what you'll see (0+ / 0-)

      makes the current President look pretty lame by comparison.

      First --

      From 1932 to 1934, FDR had sizable majorities in Congress, but not enough for cloture, and Senate Republicans routinely filibustered the New Deal.

      So - point of comparison 1:

      1934 mid-term elections vs 2010:

      FDR occupied his first two terms with trying to do things to help a lot of people. He was actively engaged in the 1934 midterms on a theme of "Get these people out of my way so they'll stop blocking all the good things we're trying to do for you."

      He got his filibuster-proof majority.

      Democrats took a shellacking of historical proportions.

      And, of course, the New Deal with everything from Social Security, to Federal Deposit Insurance, to Steagall-Glass, to the TVA to the Works Progress Administration -- all in FDR's first term.

      Obama's got a mighty high leap to make before he can claim to be in FDR's league.

      No shame in that, by the way. That is mighty rarified air.

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      by dinotrac on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 11:24:04 AM PST

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