It’s a question that is almost guaranteed to step up partisan rancor to new levels, particularly when a comparison is made between the legendary president and Democrat champion Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the highly polarizing Donald Trump.
Heredity gives me more than a passing insight into the only four-term president. I am named after my paternal grandfather, who was secretary to FDR.
As a result, my childhood home was filled with presidential memorabilia: letters from the president, photographs of the president with my grandfather, and records of his famous Fireside Chats that were the size of flying saucers. These were constant reminders that not only the first Marvin McIntyre, but also my grandmother and both my parents, knew FDR quite well.
Most historically aware Americans know that FDR was a truly transformational president. From the soaring optimism of his inaugural address in 1934, “The only thing we have to fear