Eleanor Roosevelt Was No Hillary Clinton

Curtis Roosevelt says the comparison is incorrect.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Hillary Clinton, arguably the most activist first lady in recent history, has regularly been compared to Eleanor Roosevelt, seen by White House watchers as the copresidency model. But now FDR's grandson Curtis Roosevelt, who lived with his grandparents in the White House, tells us that's wrong. Where Eleanor wanted to maintain her "amateur status" in politics, rejecting policymaking or a bid for office, he says that Hillary "cut her own way. She was a distinctive first lady." Roosevelt, who writes about his ex­peri­ences of some 70 years ago in a new book, Too Close to the Sun, says that Eleanor "didn't wish to be a professional. Hillary Clinton is a professional . . . and that is a basic difference."

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