English: (The Depression) The Single Men's Une...

English: (The Depression) The Single Men’s Unemployed Association parading to Bathurst Street United Church. Toronto, Canada Français : (La Dépression) Membres de la Single Men’s Unemployed Association se dirigeant vers l’Église unie de la rue Bathurst. Toronto, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think that it is ironic that Republicans are trying to undo FDR’s response to the Great Depression by using these hard times, the Great Recession, or as some label it, The Great Depression 2 light as cover for their actions or lack thereof.

Great Depression 2

English: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert...

English: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover in convertible automobile on way to U.S. Capitol for Roosevelt’s inauguration, March 4, 1933 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I received an email moments ago from a right-wing source calling the present economy the Obama Great Depression or the Great Depression 2. If you recall your history, the first Great Depression is forever associated with Herbert Hoover who was in office when it began in 1929. It did not become FDR’s Great Depression in 1933 because FDR tried to work the US back into prosperity despite opposition from the GOP and the US Supreme Court. What we currently label the Great Recession and some in the GOP want to relabel as the Obama Great Depression began in 2008 under George W. Bush. Obama has been trying to turn the economy around and has had limited success, success limited by the constant GOP obstructionism.

Great presidents

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial (Photo credit: nataliemarchant)

It is generally conceded that the US has had three and only three great presidents: Washington, Lincoln and FDR. Since great presidents are spaced 64 to 68 years apart, a great president is a once in a lifetime event. I missed FDR since I was only 4 years old when he died and I don’t remember him. I do remember Truman.  2009 was 64 years after FDR’s death and 2013 will be 68 years after his death. That means, if the pattern holds, that Barack Obama will be considered a great president by future historians. We need a great president now and I want to be an eyewitness to history now. I do not want to wait to 2017 or 2021, and the nation must not suffer Republican obstruction and intransigence for another four years. Let us help President Obama achieve the greatness I believe is within him and that we so desperately need.