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Obama: Channeling His Inner Reagan?

Updated on April 26, 2012

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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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Polly, that is a bit remarkable you are also having trouble with HubPages. I know of others who are "right of center" who are having their hubs pulled for the most flimsy of excuses these days. I keep waiting for this hub on Obama to be pulled. It was downgraded to 49 for 24 straight hours. That has never happened to a hub of mine before that I can recall. Even now, it is struggling to get out of the 50s.

    Sheri, funny they would say Reagan would be considered a liberal. I wonder how many liberals blasted socialized medicine in the manner that President Reagan did when he was governor? None. I daresay, if President Kennedy were alive today, he would no doubt, at least, be considered the bluest of blue dog Democrats. Daily Kos and other liberal groups would do everything they could to get him defeated.

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    SheriSapp 7 years ago from West Virginia

    My local lib "newspaper" and even some other national publications and syndicated columnists are now insisting that in the political climate of today, Reagan would be considered a liberal!! Honestly, I am still chuckling over that one. I guess since Reagan is getting his due respect from history, the libs have to try and co-opt his ideas and governance for their own. Barry is a piss-poor leader and a consumate prevaricator who will NEVER plainly take a stand unless it is a stand AGAINST America and our allies. Fake, phony, unqualified, out-of-his-depth, and all around INEPT, the only accurate words to describe the horror show that is the Obumma "presidency"!

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    Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

    Well you must know all who find out you hate Obama is because he is half black although most and he too seems to prefer black but if I admit I did vote for him they cannot accuse me of prejudice. I wish you could have heard this black Christian woman putting him down the road. That was one I had preachers and just about everyone on videos putting him down and it made the Islam troublemaker girl mad and she ran her mouth so much I shut it down finally from getting so many hits and comments. Good ones and many more hits than comments but hubs had it marked for something like the one I have now on the government not letting widows get insurance their husbands paid for years and hubs says it is a duplicate, I said it sure was strange someone knew what I was going to write before I even thought of it. I have a nut on Castration/John Gardner, is there anything I can do beside just delete since I found it is simply a nut or an enemy trying to pick.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    breakfastpop, I sometimes wonder who the real Obama truly is these days. He's trying to be something he never was; a moderate.

    Polly, if I were you, I would not go around broadcasting I actually voted for Obama..ehehehehe. Seriously, I met a man at the barbershop yesterday. Like in all barbershops, politics came up. There were about 7 of us, including 2 in barberchairs and two barbers. The discussion was on Obama and what a fake he is. So, I posed the many here (this is southern Alabama on on the gulf coast) voted for Obama? I said raise your hands. My hands remained down. Unfortunately, my hand was the only one that did. Six men sheepishly raised their hands. I eased their pain with the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Those that voted for Obama are suffering buyers remorse. Most of them anyway. Thanks for coming by

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    Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

    As I sit here reading this and telling my husband about it I think of Reagan and my disbelief America would elect an actor as President but I can tell you not knowing him as an actor it did not take me long at all to care very much for him as a man and although I voted for Obama I would never see him as Reagan and I don't think he is good enough actor to fool me, my husband added Obama could never be a Reagan's ---. Well I wont blank anymore since he went on but we feel a lot of blanks and I have been hubbing a lot of them camouflaged today with hubpage people saying it is a duplicate and I know ---- well it is not! lol Well whether you got that or not I feel better saying it! Great hub and I enjoyed seeing Reagan as himself again. Voted up.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Ugh..Obama is just too phony for my tastes. I think Reagan would agree.