FDR's predecessor, Herbert Hoover, was consider by many to be an ineffectual leader due to his response, or lack thereof, to the Great Depression. The President did very little to address the economic issue. Instead, he decided that the situation would correct itself overtime in the same way that all recessions and depressions had in the past. This solution was not appealing to the millions of Americans who were under severe economic strain from the Great Depression. Now that Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, the citizens of the United States waited to see his response to the greatest economic downturn that the nation had ever experienced.