National Affairs: Political Turning?

To citizens not politically minded, Franklin Roosevelt is still what he became on March 5, 1933 the night of his first fireside talk: "our beloved President," Franklin the Good. To political realists, who try to regard him as a man and a maker of policies, he has given one shock after another, upsetting all attempts to identify him. In spring 1933 (banking crisis) they labeled him Man of the Hour. In summer 1933 (Economy Act, NRA) they relabeled him Man of Recovery. In autumn and winter 1933-34 (dollar devaluation; spending program) they...