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Doris Kearns Goodwin: Obama Must Lead Like FDR

By    |   Friday, 05 Sep 2014 10:19 AM

President Barack Obama should explain the need for United States military involvement to combat the Islamist State (ISIS) by following the leadership example of President Franklin Roosevelt in the days leading up to World War II, said presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

"When FDR understood that we were getting deeper into England's wars before we wanted to as an isolationist nation, he explained Lend-Lease (Act of 1941). He said, in a metaphor, 'Your neighbor's house is on fire. You need to help them.' And, that changed public opinion," Goodwin told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday.

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Goodwin said that even though it took four months to get a decision through Congress, Roosevelt understood the need to get broad support for a war effort, adding it was "critical right now (for Obama) to begin this education process."

"(FDR) said, 'If you can make a decision by millions, it'll stand, because it sustains. You wait for a democracy to talk,'" Goodwin said.

Obama should also follow the leadership of President Teddy Roosevelt and use the bully pulpit to "explain to the public what is ISIS about. Simple language," Goodwin said.

"That is the most important tool of a president to educate the public as to where you're going when you're taking them to tough times, people may be dying," she said.

Goodwin suggested Obama follow another of Teddy Roosevelt's techniques and "get out of Washington" to explain the ISIS threat to Americans.

"One of the things Teddy Roosevelt did was be on trains (for) weeks every fall, weeks every spring, talking at village stations in simple language — speak softly and carry a big stick, the square deal. People have to understand this ISIS thing as clearly as we understood what it meant to be an arsenal of democracy for Britain," she said.

Goodwin said Obama's reticence to announce a strategy to combat ISIS could be due to "the deliberative part of his personality, which wants to make the decision in its own good time and is good at that decision making, is warring against that need to keep the public involved."


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