"The Democrats and _________ were no better able to explain the severity of the ________ than the Republicans and _________. Nor did they agree on how to end it. They were sure only that the political situation called for massive federal appropriations for relief and public-works employment and the courage to try solutions that had not been tried before."
What'll it be?
Barack Obama, recession, George "Dubya" Bush
Franklin Roosevelt, Great Depression, Herbert Hoover
(Taken from Polakoff, Keith I. Political Parties in American History. New York: Newbery Award Records, Inc., 1981, p. 326. The year of publication should give you a clue.).