Obama as Reagan? You’ve got to be kidding

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Obama as Reagan? You've got to be kidding

Hav­ing lived through the 80’s I have a dis­tinc­tive mem­ory of Ronald Rea­gan. Although I liked his hard line against com­mu­nism I wasn’t sure about his domes­tic issues.

What I did know is what every per­son in media thought of him. They thought of him as a sim­ple­ton, an idiot, a war­mon­ger and an actor play­ing a role. And that’s just the print­able opinions.

When Rea­gan died noth­ing shook the media more than the pub­lic reac­tion. The out­pour­ing of affec­tion was stag­ger­ing and the media adapted their cov­er­age accord­ingly. From that point they have treated the mem­ory of Rea­gan with kid gloves but they resented the adu­la­tion he was given and the neces­sity of pre­tend­ing they shared it. (They resented it even more when no sim­i­lar reac­tion was forth­com­ing for Ted Kennedy. The inverse reac­tion of the pub­lic and the media to these two events illus­trates the detach­ment they media has with the pub­lic as a whole.

The media as you might recall wor­shiped Barack Obama, there has never been a pres­i­dent more pop­u­lar with them, yet he has suf­fered a major defeat and was forced to com­pro­mise on taxes while he still had a demo­c­ra­tic Sen­ate and house to pre­vent a repub­li­can house from get­ting credit

that just about every per­son in media is now try­ing to make an Obama Rea­gan com­par­i­son. Gate­way pun­dit notes the Journo­list par­al­lel but the most ridicu­lous thing is the Time Mag­a­zine cover story.

Dou­glas Brink­ley, who edited Reagan’s diaries and attended the May din­ner, left with a clear impres­sion that Obama had found a role model. “There are poli­cies, and there is per­sona, and a lot can be told by per­sona,” he says. “Obama is approach­ing the job in a Rea­ganesque fashion.”

That state­ment is so SO false that it bog­gles the imag­i­na­tion. Amer­i­can Glob notes some­thing:

If TIME Mag­a­zine had a shred of integrity or cred­i­bil­ity, they might have fea­tured the keynote speaker of Reagan’s 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion on the cover. Can you guess who it is? I assure you it’s not Obama.

Gee I won­der who it is that IS giv­ing that speech

For­mer Repub­li­can Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will give the keynote address in Feb­ru­ary at the Rea­gan Ranch Cen­ter hon­or­ing the 100th anniver­sary of the for­mer president’s birthday.

And what does the Author of that Obama is Rea­gan piece think of her? Stacy McCain can tells us.

If there is one thing we can say for sure it is not Rea­gan that Barack Obama reminds peo­ple of, but they were close. On the 9th post that this blog ever had I said this:

You some­times get a rookie pitcher with a win­ning sea­son but usu­ally not. I’m hop­ing for Chester Arthur but I’m expect­ing Jimmy Carter.

That is Barack Obama as for Sarah Palin, well democ­rats and lib­er­als don’t know .…um they don’t know.…ummm l’m not going to touch …. Um is there any way to put this that doesn’t sound like Char­lie Sheen?

Update: Kerry Picket pro­vides details on the civil­ity of Lib­er­als toward Rea­gan dur­ing the 80’s

Having lived through the 80’s I have a distinctive memory of Ronald Reagan. Although I liked his hard line against communism I wasn’t sure about his domestic issues.

What I did know is what every person in media thought of him. They thought of him as a simpleton, an idiot, a warmonger and an actor playing a role. And that’s just the printable opinions.

When Reagan died nothing shook the media more than the public reaction. The outpouring of affection was staggering and the media adapted their coverage accordingly. From that point they have treated the memory of Reagan with kid gloves but they resented the adulation he was given and the necessity of pretending they shared it. (They resented it even more when no similar reaction was forthcoming for Ted Kennedy. The inverse reaction of the public and the media to these two events illustrates the detachment they media has with the public as a whole.

The media as you might recall worshiped Barack Obama, there has never been a president more popular with them, yet he has suffered a major defeat and was forced to compromise on taxes while he still had a democratic Senate and house to prevent a republican house from getting credit

that just about every person in media is now trying to make an Obama Reagan comparison. Gateway pundit notes the Journolist parallel but the most ridiculous thing is the Time Magazine cover story.

Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s diaries and attended the May dinner, left with a clear impression that Obama had found a role model. “There are policies, and there is persona, and a lot can be told by persona,” he says. “Obama is approaching the job in a Reaganesque fashion.”

That statement is so SO false that it boggles the imagination. American Glob notes something:

If TIME Magazine had a shred of integrity or credibility, they might have featured the keynote speaker of Reagan’s 100th birthday celebration on the cover. Can you guess who it is? I assure you it’s not Obama.

Gee I wonder who it is that IS giving that speech

Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will give the keynote address in February at the Reagan Ranch Center honoring the 100th anniversary of the former president’s birthday.

And what does the Author of that Obama is Reagan piece think of her? Stacy McCain can tells us.

If there is one thing we can say for sure it is not Reagan that Barack Obama reminds people of, but they were close. On the 9th post that this blog ever had I said this:

You sometimes get a rookie pitcher with a winning season but usually not. I’m hoping for Chester Arthur but I’m expecting Jimmy Carter.

That is Barack Obama as for Sarah Palin, well democrats and liberals don’t know ….um they don’t know….ummm l’m not going to touch …. Um is there any way to put this that doesn’t sound like Charlie Sheen?

Update: Kerry Picket provides details on the civility of Liberals toward Reagan during the 80’s