Thursday, January 27, 2011

Using Reagan to Rehabilitate Obama?

Those of us old enough to recall the Reagan years and after he left office, will readily recall how the media disliked our 40th president, Ronald Reagan. After nearly every speech, we were treated to Sam Donaldson coming on to let us know what he “really said.”

The media was only too quick to run with son Ron Jr.’s claim that Ronald Reagan had Alzheimer’s while in office just a few weeks ago, giving little credence to son Michaels’ counter claims that he did not.

In spite of that, Time magazine’s upcoming issue features a photoshopped cover of Reagan embracing Obama and an article The Role Model: What Obama Sees in Reagan

While they still try to draw distinct differences in the article, they try to build an aura of Obama, the New Reagan.

Historian Douglas Brinkley says, “There are policies, and there is persona, and a lot can be told by persona. Obama is approaching the job in a Reaganesque fashion.”

Time makes the comparison Between Obama & Reagan in SOTU speeches, “Let us, in these next two years — men and women of both parties, every political shade — concentrate on the long-range, bipartisan responsibilities of government.” Reagan said in his 1983 State of the Union, “not the short-range or short-term temptations of partisan politics.”

One major difference they miss out on is, Reagan stood for something. He spoke from the heart, meaning what he said. He inspired confidence and expressed leadership. He said what he meant and meant what he said.

Obama does none of that. He only tries to build an image of himself, supported in the article when he and Michelle once were sharing lunch with Nancy Reagan at the White House and she remarked on him being a “lefty.”

Obama’s reply? “I am a lefty. A lefty who wants to be remembered just like Ronnie.”

Sorry Barack, I imagine you’ll be remembered more as a Carter.

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