Obama: Channeling His Inner Reagan?
Reagan and Obama
As most know, President Ronald Reagan's birthday was this past Sunday. He would have been 100 years old if he were alive today. Much has been said of him over the past few weeks and months leading up to his 100th birthday. I've read the plaudits and even some lingering criticism of the man even though he has been dead almost seven years now. But, the most remarkable thing about that criticism; it has been very mild. I thought about that as I watched a special on President Reagan this past Sunday. I also thought of something else I have found curious over the past several weeks. I have noticed that President Obama is trying to emulate the man. No, not in the way that President Reagan was as a politician. Reagan was a staunch conservative and made no bones about it. President Obama is a staunch liberal and is just now trying to pretend he is not.
Let's make one thing clear ; President Obama had never been a big fan of President Reagan until just recently. I imagine a "shellacking " might have played a hand in his recent transformation. One time Clark Clifford referred to Reagan as that "amiable dunce" that Americans loved. Obama, in an indirect way, agreed with this assessment. That is not surprising. The two men are polar opposites of one another. Reagan saw big government as an albatross around the necks of Americans. Obama see's big government as the "cure-all " for all the problems of this country. If President Reagan were alive today, he would no doubt be leading the charge for repeal of Obamacare. He hated universal healthcare and spoke out against it when he was governor of California.
So, the two would never had been compatible. All this is pointing out to President Obama trying to move toward the Ronald Reagan model of a new "morning in America " that he tried to portray in his State of the Union Speech back in January. Obama tried to make it appear he was fully optimistic about Americans (as RR did back in the day) "winning the future. " He talked of broad bipartisanship (when he basically ignored Republicans for two years) in much the same manner that President Reagan and the late Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neil, did during the early 1980s. Those two were able to work together for two basic reasons; they were both Irish and because of the "Reagan Democrats" in the house. There are no "Obama Republicans" in the House in case you are curious. President Obama made his first move toward the Reagan Model back about three years ago when he was running for the Democratic nomination by stating "...President Reagan changed the trajectory of America” in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton had not. " That statement stung a lot of liberals and infuriated the Clinton campaign people.
To put it bluntly; Obama is trying to transform himself as the Ronald Reagan who saw all the "good in America, warts and all ." President Obama is attempting to be the eternal optimist that was Reagan's most famous trait. You see, President Reagan believed in America. He believed in all that it stood for, regardless of what the rest of the world thought. President Reagan believed in the schoolteacher who called the morning roll. The Steelworker arriving for the night shift was a hero to President Reagan. He considered firemen and police officers heroes before it became fashionable to think so after September 11, 2001. President Reagan never felt it necessary to apologize for this nation to leaders around the world. The Gipper never felt it necessary to bow down to a tin horn dictator as well. He saw wisely that big government was not intended to be, nor ever will be what makes the United States of America great. The biggest difference between Obama and Reagan? Obama looks upon big government as the parent who cares for the American people, who he considers the child, from cradle to grave. Reagan looked at small government as the good neighbor who helped you out when you needed it most, but left you alone most of the time. Reagan saw intrusive government as evil and damaging to economic prosperity. Obama wants big government to control every facet of our lives. In summary, Obama believes government can make America a great country. President Reagan believed it was the American people who made America a great country.
President Obama is running toward the Reagan Model in a desperate attempt to get reelected. He is finally "transparent " after promising he always would be. A majority of registered voters do not think Obama will be reelected now. President Obama has read the tea leaves. Moving toward the center, and perhaps, the right will save him, in his opinion. That will never happen. President Obama is, what he is. He is a liberal with socialist views on the role of government. He could never be President Reagan, no matter how hard he tries. To paraphrase the late senator from Texas, Lloyd Bentsen, "“I remember Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan is an idol of mine. President Obama, you’re no Ronald Reagan.”
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- Obama: Channeling His Inner Reagan?
As most know, President Ronald Reagan's birthday was this past Sunday. He would have been 100 years old if he were alive today. Much has been said of him over the past few weeks and months leading up to his...