Monday, March 3, 2008

President 32 - Outsider

In 1980, there were a lot of problems in Washington, so a governor from a major state ran for President, won in a landslide, and immediately set to work to clean up the problems left by his predecessor.

Guess who Reagan's hero was? Yup, good old FDR.

As I noted earlier, it's more significant to serve as Governor of New York than, say, Governor of Georgia. You play on a bigger stage, and you get more experience. Plus, since the first crises faced by the new President would be financial, it probably helped to have someone come into office who was familiar with Wall Street.

And, of course, Franklin D. Roosevelt got re-elected. A few times. Due to circumstances (Great Depression, followed by World War II) which we will hopefully never encounter again.


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