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Biden looks to Roosevelt as model for uniting nation

In 1930s, FDR stared down a depression and implacable political foes

WASHINGTON -- Every day, as U.S. President Joe Biden looks up from the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, he will see a massive portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a fellow Democrat who assumed the same post more than eight decades ago.

Like Biden, FDR took office in a time of crisis. After the devastation of the Great Depression that began in 1929, he put the economy back on its feet through the New Deal -- a series of programs, projects and financial reforms that helped stabilize the economy and provide jobs and relief to the suffering.

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