What are the characteristics of Franklin D. Roosevelt?

Characteristics of FDR

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born into a rich, old, privileged New York family. He attended the most exclusive schools and was sheltered from the real world by his mother. His mother tried to plan most of his life. When he married Eleanor, she was from the same exclusive social set and she was FDR's third cousin. No one could foresee the future that was in store for FDR. Henry Cabot Lodge called Roosevelt, a well-meaning, nice young fellow, but light.

But Roosevelt was determined to succeed in politics. Paralyzed by polio in 1921, he learned to walk with braces and canes. He said that the disease taught him to have patience and to perceiver. Perhaps FDR's most important characteristic as president was his self-confidence. He was optimistic that the nation could survive the Great Depression and his optimism was infectious. He was no intellect, but he gathered around him men and women who were well educated and experts in their field. He was willing to experiment and try new programs. He also was an administrator who made decisions and accepted responsibility. He restored confidence in the executive branch and he proved flexible in changing as times and problems demanded.