Difference Between FDR and Obama (With Table)

There are many times when even the most developed countries have also faced difficulties and problems in their nation. And some of them include the great depression, world wars, low or poor economy, unemployment, and many more others. All these problems are the real obstacles in the path of the development of a nation.

FDR vs Obama

The difference between FDR and Obama is that the presidential term ruled by FDR or say Franklin Roosevelt was four times it meaning that he was elected to serve as President four times whereas comparatively, on the other hand, Obama’s presidential term as President was for two-term as he was elected by the people twice in the elections.

FDR or Franklin D. Roosevelt was a leader who faced many difficulties or obstacles during his reign. The common people were quite impressed by the work done by him, which led him to win the presidential elections four times. During his time, the unemployment rate percentage was said to be about 25 % which was although not reduced. He does make sure that it shouldn’t be increased.

Obama was the upper house member of the assembly from the Illinois region. Even before winning the election for the post of President, he was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. He did work for the betterment of humanity and was always a supporter of environmentalists. The term of his work lasted for eight years consecutively.

Comparison Table Between FDR and Obama

Parameters of ComparisonFDRObama
Full NameFranklin Delano RooseveltBarack Hussain Obama II
Presidency Started In  19332009
Number of termsFour timesTwo times
Unemployment Percentage25 %7.5 %
Economic PlanNew PlanStimulus Plan
Nation AddressThrough radioThrough Internet

What is FDR?

FDR or Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the 32nd President of America. On 30 January 1882, he was born in New York. During his early life, he received his education privately and then went to Harvard, where he was influenced by his wife’s charitable work towards poor families in New York.

Firstly in his political life, he won a senate seat from Albany as being a member of the Democratic. He then became a part of Woodrow Wilson and learned more about politics. As a politician, he was always progressive and honest with his promises.

Even when he was elected as the President, the people were so impressed by his term of work that he was the only President to be elected four times in office. He went through the two most tough situations of the country was the Great Depression and the Second World War. His way of communicating with his nation was through radio transmissions.

What is Obama?

Obama was a person belonging to a poor, backward family from Africa. He was also one of the first African presidents of the United States of America. He was at number 44th in the list of presidents and belonged to Democratic Party. He was an active politician and author at his time.

The term of Obama lasted twice that is the people of the country elected him as their President two consecutive times. The term of Obama started in the year 2009 and lasted for 2017. Before becoming President, he served the upper house from the Illinois region.

He was a very humble and forward thinker person. The achievements he received were due to his work for the people’s security and humanity. Even he was a Noble Peace Prize Nominee just before he took oath for his Presidentship. He always worked for children’s education and campaigned about his work through the Internet.

During the time, he faced a great economic surge in the nation which led to the collapse of money flow in the market. But still, he managed to overcome it, and at that very time, the unemployment percentage rate became 7.5%. The economic plan he introduced was known as the Stimulus Plan.

Main Differences Between FDR and Obama

  1. The full name of FDR is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the full name of Obama is Barack Hussain Obama II.
  2. The presidency rule of FDR started back 88 years before that is in 1933, whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the presidency rule of Obama started in the last decade that is 2009.
  3. Roosevelt is said to be the only president of the United States of America to be elected four times, whereas comparatively, on the other hand, Obama was elected in the assembly for consecutively two years. 
  4. At the time of the presidency of Roosevelt, the percentage of people in the nation who were unemployed was about is 25 %, whereas comparatively, on the other hand, when Obama was the president of America, the percentage rate of unemployed people in the nation was reduced to 7.5 %. 
  5. The economic plan that was introduced by the FDR in the assembly was known to be a New Plan whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the economic plan that was introduced by Obama during his ruling time was known as Stimulus Plan.
  6. The unique thing that FDR used to address the nation and its people about the work of government was by the radio transmission whereas comparatively, on the other hand, at his time, Obama used the Internet for the campaign.


To summarize the above discussion, it must be concluded that both FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and Barack Obama were elected as the President of the United States of America when it was dealing with an ongoing crisis or faced such vast and huge situation during their presidential rule. Although the presidential rule of Franklin Roosevelt was continuous for four terms and he faced many obstacles and difficulties during his term. Right after some years, the nation was stuck in the second world war, and while on another side, during the term of Obama, he faced an economic surge due to depression.

Despite all these difficulties, they stood by the people and worked harder to stabilize the situation faced by the country and the people. Their work and service for the country were always loved by them and made them quite successful politicians of their active times.


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