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  •  Obama, channeling Niebuhr (3+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson, rhubarb, ms badger

    Has spoken of how good and even great people have made grave mistakes. I look at FDR and Jefferson in that light. In the long run, Jefferson's work made the end of slavery more likely than had he never picked up a pen or made a speech. That matters, but does not excuse his ownership of slaves or his other writings about black inferiority. As for FDR, what he did to Japanese Americans by interning them IS inexcusable, and does stain his record. That record, on balance, is one that I would judge as overwhelmingly positive.

    My forthcoming book Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity will be published in Summer 2012 by Potomac Books.

    by Ian Reifowitz on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 04:40:12 PM PST

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    •  I agree with Obama (2+ / 0-)
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      rhubarb, Ian Reifowitz

      We have to judge past leaders taking all of their accomplishments into account.  FDR was president for over 3 terms. That's a lot of time to make mistakes, but his presidency was one of great accomplishment, compassion and vision.

      The same can be said for Jefferson.

      "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

      by Betty Pinson on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 05:11:49 PM PST

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