Though President Joe Biden is no Roosevelt, he bears some important similarities. And Biden is off to an excellent start — arguably, one of the best since Roosevelt.
Both Roosevelt and Biden avoided their traps by relying upon their long personal experiences in navigating Washington, DC, and also by surrounding themselves with top professional advisers.
Several years ago, Jonathan Alter wrote “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.” In it, he argued that Roosevelt’s first days in office introduced his character — and drive — to the American people, and also defined the next 12 years of his presidency. The same can now be said of Biden after his first 100 days. They have revealed to us much about his inner core, while also telling us what we can expect from him in the months and years to come. They give reason to hope that he, too, will save a nation in crisis.