late wrote:FDR gets rated as one of the top three presidents.
In terms of difficulty, he was basically climbing one mountain after another, the whole time he was in the office.
In the early years, the conservatives were attacking him with everything they had, even the Supreme Court went too far opposing him. Sound familiar? Looking back, if you haven't studied the era, it looks easy. It wasn't.
I never see FDR's presidency easy, especially as he took up the job during both the Great Depression and the rise of Totalitarianism elsewhere in the world.
Both FDR and Winston Churchill were regarded as great only because they fought and won a great war (not totally to their credit, I have to say), and they are still held in high regard today because the nations they saved have not gone awry like the Soviet Union did. In particular, I see Chiang Kai-Shek be an extremely unlucky guy compared with FDR / Churchill, as well as Charles de Gaulle and Joseph Stalin.