Obama vs. FDR
Speaking of FDR, a lot has been made in recent weeks about the comparisons between our next president and the 32nd chief executive. The most glaring similarity might be a recession hanging a cloud over their first days in the Oval Office. Native Chicagoan and Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter has been keeping a close eye on number 44 because of his parallels to FDR.
Alter wrote the book, The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope. Alter told Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy that Obama might need Roosevelt's charm and disposition to get past the threshold.