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Presidents In Health Crises: Trump More Hands-On Than Many

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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1941 file photo President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks on the radio from the Oval Room of the White House. During an extraordinary 12 years in office, Roosevelt guided the nation through a bleak period of Depression-era unemployment, a severe Midwest drought known as the Dust Bowl and battle against the Nazis and Japanese in World War II. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)

(AP) — Most American presidents will confront a crisis — or crises — during their time in office, whether it is a natural disaster, war, economic downturn, public health threat or terrorism. Historians say what matters is how they respond. Over the years, some presidents have been far more hands-on than others. Woodrow Wilson was more focused on the end of World War I than a flu virus that was making its way around the globe, ultimately sickening hundreds of thousands of Americans, including the president himself. Barack Obama was in office for just a few months when the first reports came in about the H1N1 virus, which would eventually be declared a pandemic like today’s new coronavirus.

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