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Franklin Delano Roosevelt should have described Nov. 16, 1933, as a day that will live in infamy.
President Obama may be a solid public speaker, but when it comes to schmoozing with those of different political ilk — a key ingredient for a successful policy persuader — he's sorely lacking, said one of his chief fans, MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
No other figure in American history has been subjected to such intense yet incomplete scrutiny as Franklin Delano Roosevelt; certainly none of the Founding Fathers, not even Abraham Lincoln. The closest anyone has come to an all-encompassing complete portrait was Kenneth S. Davis, who won prizes 50 years go for his five-volume biography that covered FDR's life only up until 1943.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II helped kick off the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference with a measured address that was part rallying cry, part stump speech as the conservative darling gears up his push to become the next governor in what's now a solidly purple state.
Book 15 of Ovid's Metamorphoses contains a little synopsis of his epic, and of his Pythagorean philosophy: "Nothing in all the world remains unchanged. All things are in a state of flux, all shapes receive a changing nature. Time itself glides on with constant motion, ever as a flowing river. Neither river nor the fleeting hour can stop its constant course. But, as each wave drives on a wave, as each is pressed by that which follows, and must press on that before it, so the moments fly, and others follow, so they are renewed. The moment which moved on before is past, and that which was not, now exists in time, and every one comes, goes, and is replaced."
President Obama's drive for dramatic reforms in American politics and policy is a near copycat of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1944 push for a Second Bill of Rights, according to one legal scholar, Cass Sunstein.
Sometimes, listening to the political discourse in this country, I wonder if we really understand the ratchet effect of increasing government programs and power over time: Unlike in business, unlike in nature, unlike in, well, real life, failure is not punished, but is at best ignored, at worst rewarded. Once a government program is in place, it is hardly ever repealed, even when Republicans obtain political power, because voters become dependent on it.
This offbeat tale of presidential romance is a high-toned dud — a surprise, given its talented cast, scandalous subject matter and trim 94-minute running time.
This week, with the opening of the historical romance "Hyde Park on Hudson," I finally get to do a Five Most list I've been thinking about for a while now: my favorite Bill Murray performances.