Hoover used the presidency’s bully pulpit to speak out angrily against FDR and lined up political opposition to Roosevelt before he even stepped into the Oval Office.
Blind to the danger, Roosevelt announced that he would leave the national stage to go back to Albany and finish his term as New York governor.
But Roosevelt’s advisers warned him that, unless he acted decisively to trumpet his New Deal programs before taking office, they might never leave the launch pad. Roosevelt listened.
When the reins of control pass to you, seize them. Few outgoing leaders can resist the urge to get in a few last licks. lesson:
— Adapted from Franklin D. Roosevelt: Launching the New Deal, Frank Freidel, Little, Brown.