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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Bromance continues


Its always nice when a major news source like Time Magazine reaffirms a point we've been making for the past month- that Obama, a supposed fiscal liberal and alleged 'socialist' as silly radical-righties call him, actually deeply admires Ronald Reagan, the ultimate social program-cutting fiscal conservative.

Full article can be found by clicking headline below but here's a couple excerpts--

The Role Model: What Obama Sees in Reagan

"At a glance, it's hard to imagine a President who had less in common with Reagan than the Ivy League lawyer from Hawaii... But under the surface, there is no mistaking Obama's increasing reliance on his predecessor's career as a helpful template for his own. Since the November elections, Obama has brought corporate executives into the White House, reached out to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and made compromise his new watchword. He signed a surprise $858 billion tax cut that would have made Reagan weep with joy and huddled with Reagan's former White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein for lessons learned when the Gipper governed amid economic troubles. Over the Christmas break, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted that Obama was reading a Reagan biography, and just to confirm the bond, Obama recently wrote an homage to Reagan for USA Today."

"Obama's affection for Reagan's political style carries with it a clear self-interest. White House aides gaze fondly at the arc of the Reagan presidency in part because they pray Obama's will mirror it. Both men entered office in wave elections in which the political center made a historic shift. Both faced deep economic downturns with spiking unemployment in their first term. Both relied heavily on the power of oratory. "Our hope," admits Gibbs, "is the story ends the same way." "

"In Obama's story line, Reagan has been more than just the antagonist. As the 1980s rolled on and Obama matured, Reagan became a model for leadership. The attraction was less substantive than stylistic and instinctive. Both had strong mothers and dysfunctional fathers. Both prided themselves on bringing people together. Obama even conceded that he sometimes felt the emotional pull of Reagan's vision. "I understood his appeal," Obama recalled in his second book, The Audacity of Hope. "Reagan spoke to America's longing for order, our need to believe that we are not simply subject to blind, impersonal forces but that we can shape our individual and collective destinies." The Great Communicator, it seems, had struck a chord. "

~  To be clear, Obama is not a Reagan clone and does not share 100% of the beliefs and political vision of Reagan's.   But Mr Obama is a politician.  And it is in the DNA of all politicians to get re-elected no matter how bad the state of the nation or how much they are responsible for it being that way.  For a most recent example of this, see: George W Bush.   

After seeing how clear this Obama bromance is toward Reagan, you could actually make an argument that Obama's political hero is really Malcolm X, because when it comes to trying to get reelected, Barack is taking a famous Malcolm X quote to heart: "By any means necessary"

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