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NPR: Reagan is "Patron Saint" of Obama

Cross-Posted at Pundit Press:

National Public Radio, NPR for short, is a well-known supporter of liberal politics and news in the United States.  Championed by liberals for compassion and support for left-wing causes, the organization is often chided by conservatives for its skewing of facts and numbers.  Well, NPR is not listening, as evidenced by its new article "What Obama Is Learning From Reagan's Example."

According to NPR, one of the most liberal administrations in recent memory is, in fact, taking lessons from a conservative hero, Ronald Reagan.  And no one is learning more than President Barack Obama himself.

NPR begins its article questionably and it doesn't get much better from there.  The first paragraph states matter-of-factly:

[T]he 40th president has more recently been adopted as a kind of patron saint by the country's leading Democrat.  President Obama has immersed himself in Reaganalia.
The piece then refers to an op-ed that the President wrote, in which he tied himself to our 40th President.  In it, the President makes several comparisons to himself and the late President Reagan.  These include "confidence and optimism" and American dreams.
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While these comparisons fall mostly flat, NPR is convinced that President Reagan has indeed become a "patron saint" to our current President.  Quoting former Reagan Chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein, NPR's article states:
"One of the things that I think has impressed President Obama is that Ronald Reagan fundamentally understood that to govern you need to build consensus in America and not simply consensus in Washington," Duberstein says. 
And that means telling and retelling a clear story about where you want to take the country. The president started doing that in his State of the Union address, a speech White House aides described as upbeat, forward-looking and self-consciously optimistic -- the definition of Reaganesque.
I'm sorry to point this out, but NPR has no idea what "Reaganesque" means.  It is not just an "upbeat, forward-looking and self-consciously optimistic" speech.  It is small government.  It is communicating a complicated truth in a clear way.  It is actions.  It is results.  It is conservatism.  All of these things President Obama has not done; most are things he's spoken out against.

I know that NPR likes to rewrite history, but they should do us all a favor and leave President Reagan alone.


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Comments (15)

I'm going to write an op ed... (Below threshold)

I'm going to write an op ed comparing myself to Tiger Woods, we both love golf and our play is a little off right now. I hope NPR picks it up I might end up with a big endorsement contract.

I thought Barry was the 'ne... (Below threshold)

I thought Barry was the 'new Camelot' or was it 'the NEW New Deal'? Wonder who The Chameleon will be next week.

What's that grinding noise ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

What's that grinding noise I hear?

Oh yes, it's the sound of liberals everywhere, and our liberal trolls here in particular, gnashing their teeth at the commissars' decision to grovel to Reagan. Sort of their own little Molotov-Ribbentrop moment.

Now who was it here who was crapping on Reagan the other day, calling him "Saint Ronald," and disparaging his Presidency? Hmmm? Denounce yourself! Then report for political re-education as a counter-revolutionary revisionist lackey of the imperialists.

You can wrap dog poop up in... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

You can wrap dog poop up in Starburst wrappers, but it still won't give you a burst of fruit flavor in every bite.

If Obama is Reaganesque, th... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

If Obama is Reaganesque, than I have George Clooney-esque looks.

Reagan 40...who wouldn't ... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

Reagan 40...who wouldn't like to steal the thunder? I looked at the great man for all of his eight years and was mesmerized by his go for the throat dynamic American maleness right from the moment he fired the 'act up' air traffic unionists. Now that put America on notice!...no Jimmy Carter in the Whitehouse now. If Barry wants to claim any likeness to #40 let it be that he, on his best day, would resemble the skid marks in the man's underwear. But even there Barry fails, because as much as I doubt that Ron ever coloured his hair I also doubt any skids.

Why oh why must you guys pl... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Why oh why must you guys play victim all the time? Obama is not trying to claim that Reagan would endorse his platform - and NPR's story doesn't imply it, either. Rather, it's a story, similar to the one in TIME, that relates how Obama is attempting to imitate Reagan's STYLE, and adopt some of his STRATEGY.

I remember early in the Dem primary season telling someone that Obama might be able to do for Democrats what Reagan had done for Republicans. That is, impart optimism and a "can-do" feeling to those who heard him.

It's a measure of Reagan's success as a communicator that Obama seems to want to emulate him, but it doesn't mean that Obama is a conservative or that Reagan was a liberal. Neither of those things are true, and NO ONE IS SAYING THEY ARE.

Including TIME or NPR.

Obama is attemptin... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:
Obama is attempting to imitate Reagan's STYLE, and adopt some of his STRATEGY.

TIME just shows the Muslim Mediocrity snogging with Reagan because ...uh....help me out here, Bruce. I'm sure it isn't to try to make him look less bad by associating him with a great American, when he himself is ...neither.

Neither of those things are true, and NO ONE IS SAYING THEY ARE.

How about Andrea Mitchell?


You obviously got Molotov-R... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

You obviously got Molotov-Ribbentropped by the Politburo. Reagan is now rehabilitated, and he and Obama would be best buds. Why, Barry is just carrying on the Reagan Revolution, don't you know?

It's a measure of ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:
It's a measure of Reagan's success as a communicator that Obama seems to want to emulate him

Wait - I thought the Messiah was the Silver-Tongued Orator, the modern Cicero. What the hell happened? He's gotta get pointers from a moron like Reagan now?

Bottom line: "Barry" can't hope to emulate Reagan. Reagan was an American, he loved America, and the American people, both of which he considered exceptional. As a consequence, he connected easily and naturally with the American people.

Barry a) isn't an American - not culturally, b) does not love America (spare me your rebuttal; in your heart you know this is true. All that Obama crap about "true patriotism" is pure horseshit), and c) isn't too crazy about the American people (outside of SF, NY, and a few other liberal centers). It's gonna be pretty tough to walk back that "bitter clingers" crack.

For these reasons, he does and can not connect with the American people, any more than Reagan could connect with Indonesians.

All your paranoid rantings ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

All your paranoid rantings could be true, Guevara. (And monkeys COULD fly out of my butt any minute.) But it doesn't mean that Obama is claiming that Reagan would endorse him, or that TIME or NPR is claiming it either.

Or, for that matter, that Andrea Mitchell is. It amazes me that you can see and hear things in a video link that YOU post that are, umm, not there.

So Reagan didn't compromise or practice bipartisanship in order to get his agenda enacted by Congress? How did that work, then, exactly? I mean, considering the House was Democratic his entire Presidency, and the Senate for most of it?

I'll believe it when I hear... (Below threshold)

I'll believe it when I hear Obama proudly say ..

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. -- Ronald Reagan
... I might even settle for ...
n the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
-- John F Kennedy

Look, this obamer feller...... (Below threshold)

Look, this obamer feller...he ain't even fit to shine Reagan's shoes, simple as that.

I just saw the cover of the... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

I just saw the cover of the current Newsweek - it shows Obama snogging with George Bush! "Two of a kind" is the headline.

Gave you a nasty turn there for a minute, didn't it, Bruce? The Obamanauts are obviously desperate enough to link the Messiah with anyone they think might help.

Next up: Obama is just like Sarah Palin! Yes! Obama says, "Am I emulating her? You betcha!"


I thought this Obama guy co... (Below threshold)

I thought this Obama guy could cool the earth and tame the sea's why the hell does he need to emulate anyone's style? The bar just keeps getting lowered.






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