- When FDR took office, the nation was deep into a depression, writes David Gergen
- What followed were the most remarkable hundred days since the nation's founding, Gergen writes
- No president has been able to match his record, Gergen writes
David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been a White House adviser to four presidents. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Follow him on Twitter: @david_gergen. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)As Franklin Delano Roosevelt approached the podium for his inaugural address in 1933, an economic crisis held Americans in a fierce, agonizing grip. One-quarter of adults could not find a job. Farmlands were desolate. Most of the nation's banks were closed. And people had lost faith in their leaders in Washington.