Barack Hoover Obama: The best and the brightest blow it again

Three months into his presidency, Barack Obama has proven to be every bit as charismatic and intelligent as his most ardent supporters could have hoped. At home or abroad, he invariably appears to be the only adult in the room, the first American president in at least forty years to convey any gravitas. Even the most liberal of voters are finding it hard to believe they managed to elect this man to be their president. . . . Full Story »

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by Kaizar Campwala - Jan. 27, 2010

Though I take all such historical parallels with heavy doses of salt, this was a fascinating read, if only because I knew little about Herbert Hoover before reading it. Is he right about Obama? The student of American political development in me, and the progressive in me, says yes.

Hoover—like Obama—was almost certainly someone gifted with more intelligence, a better education, and a greater range of life experience than More »

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Feb. 3, 2010

This is and excellent article comparing President Obama to former President Hoover. The difference is those who helped Hoover comparing to those who are know in the Senate.

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Priscilla L. Davis
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by Priscilla L. Davis - Jan. 27, 2010

I can only hope the President is reading this.

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Subramanya Sastry
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by Subramanya Sastry - Jan. 27, 2010

Great article that highlights the importance of historical perspective. Some of the parallels seem a little stretched, but the article succeeds in highlighting what it takes to do real politics when it counterposes FDR's political style against Hoover's (and thus Obama's). I dont know that much about US history to comment on whether this is historical cherrypicking to make the case, but, the case seems quite compelling

The common thread running through all of Obama’s major proposals right now is that they are labyrinthine solutions designed mainly to avoid conflict. More »

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Judith Bello
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by Judith Bello - Jan. 30, 2010

This is excellent. It fleshes out a comparison oft mentioned, but which few people know enough details to really grasp one way or the other. It uses facts and insight to review events from a unique perspective and in greater depth than we often see.

I think one reason the context is so awful at present and congress so unresponsive is that we do have the safety-nets Roosevelt established, Social Security and Unemployment insurance. They undermine Congress' commitment to improving the Main Street Economy the way not having a draft undermines their lack of resistance to the wars. It will take a little longer to bleed through the band-aids which didn't exist a century ago.

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Harit Modi
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by Harit Modi - Feb. 4, 2010

Assuming all the facts are right, it is a good warning for Pres. Obama with the "history repeats itself" cliche. The writer has chosen a good counterpart for comparison and made a case for their similarities. The main argument seems to be of the form - if Hoover could not succeed in spite of moderate support, then Obama does not stand a chance with no support, given that they are both in similar circumstances. It leaves us with a dire picture of the future.

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