Friday, November 7, 2008

Will Obama Seek FDR's Advice?

During the Obama press conference this afternoon he was asked if he had talked with his predecessors.

Obama said, "I've spoken to all of them that are living."

Laughter ensued. Obama then retorted, "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances."

Well, Obama later apologized to the former First Lady.

But it made me wonder given our current economic circumstances if he was considering seeking FDR's advice and counsel.

He wouldn't be the first world leader to seek FDR's advice from beyond the grave.

Mackenzie King was Canada's longest serving Prime Minister. He was also its most eccentric. The scion of the Liberal Party was heavy into spiritualism and would seek to communicate with his deceased mother, brother and even his dog. (Obama take note.)

King also sought advice from FDR after he died in 1944 during the Gouzenko Affair. King and FDR were contemporaries after all and they met with Churchill at an Allied Conference in Quebec City in 1943.

If Obama summons FDR perhaps FDR will tell him, "Enough. Talk to Truman."

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