"Everyone tried to blame [Pres. Herbert] Hoover for the Depression, and they'd probably blame him for the drought to if they could. [Laughter.] Really, basically, it wasn't Hoover's fault. But, he may have been too conservative in his approach. However, when Roosevelt got in there, he took over some of the programs that Hoover had tried to start on a small way. And he expanded them. FDR wasn't afraid to step out and try something new. Something different. And, of course, the people were ready for a change. He was a good salesman.
"All those alphabetical programs. Well, they sure captured the imagination of the people for some reason. And many of them are good."