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Will Obama Be the Next FDR?

Barack Obama made history this month by becoming the first African-American president of the U.S. Some are now comparing him to Pres. Franklin Roosevelt. Can Obama save the country from economic rui

Will Obama Be the Next FDR?

Lee Hamilton (guest host): There was jubilation nationwide with the election of President-Elect Obama. There was little jubilation when FDR was elected. Hunger, unemployment and union violence dotted the landscape in the 1930s.

70-plus years later the landscape is littered with problems, an economic collapse impacting the U.S. and the global powers.


How similar are the problems these two incoming men inherited? 

Envision San Diego: Change airs Thursday, November 20, 2008, at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV.


  • Joanne Faryon , KPBS reporter.
  • Carl Luna , professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College.