This Is the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Third Term
by Richard Moe
Here's why we need to remember it (and remember that FDR himself thought he wouldn't win it).
A Historical Hurdle to a Democratic ‘Third Term’ in 2016?
Since the end of the 20-year Democratic run in the White House that began with Franklin D. Roosevelt and ended with Harry Truman, there have been six occasions when either major party could have extended its control of the White House to three terms.
Why (and How) FDR Ran for His Third Term
by Richard Moe
Credit: Flickr.Throughout American history presidents have brought very different decision-making styles to the White House. George W. Bush once said he was not a “textbook player” when it came to decisions but rather a “gut player,” while Barack Obama has said he makes decisions “based on information and not emotion.” One observer has described our current president’s style as “defiantly deliberative, methodical and measured.” But Franklin D. Roosevelt was in another class altogether when it came to decision-making, and never was this more evident than when the famously social but obsessively secretive president considered whether to run for an unprecedented third term in 1940.
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