E.J. Dionne argues that President Obama channeled both Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Tuesday, in his new column “Obama’s New Square Deal:”
President Obama has decided that he is more likely to win if the election is about big things rather than small ones. He hopes to turn the 2012 campaign from a plebiscite about the current state of the economy into a referendum about the broader progressive tradition that made us a middle-class nation. For the second time, he intends to stake his fate on a battle for the future.