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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David L. Roll
Although he never held elective office, Harry Hopkins was arguably the most important figure in President Franklin Roosevelt's administration. As a federal relief administrator, he dispensed billions of dollars to the relief programs that were a hallmark of the New Deal. Then, even though he had absolutely no foreign policy experience, he became the wheelchair-bound Roosevelt's personal envoy to Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in forging a joint war policy.
He writes, "The president respected Hopkins' judgment and admired his understanding of human nature."
As David Roll writes in a truly magisterial biography, Hopkins ranked as "the president's most valuable adviser and closest companion arguably the most powerful presidential aide in the history of the American public."