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Unformatted text preview: FDR was excited to be in the executive role. He was constantly active, and the panic- stricken Congress was always ready to follow. Comparing himself to a quarterback whose next play depended on the success of the previous one, he crafted bills and strategies by intuition, always moving confidently even when it turned out to be in the wrong direction. The President's first order of duty was to end the banking crisis, which had forced many of the banks in the country to close and the rest to face severe bank runs. Congress prepared the Emergency Banking Relief Act of 1933 in eight hours, giving the president the authority to regulate banking transactions and reopen solvent banks. FDR then turned to the power of the radio to deliver the first of his famous fireside chats. He assured an audience of over thirty-five million Americans in the fireside chats....
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