As we celebrate today one of the greatest accomplishments of the most accomplished president of the second half of the twentieth century, it becomes incumbent on ourselves to contrast his rhetoric with that of the current incumbent. Whereas Ronald Reagan reserved his greatest venom for the enemies of the United States, Barack Obama reserves his for the adversaries of the Democratic Party and the opponents of his ideology.
We have seen him repeatedly blame his predecessor for the difficulties of the job for which he spent two years campaigning to get. Nixon never blamed, at least not in public, Johnson for leaving him a mismanaged war in Vietnam. Once in office, FDR didn’t remind Americans of the failings of his predecessor, instead he appealed to the best in their nature — and this nation.
And now, if this quote from Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon is accurate, we’ve got the current President of the United States using a derogatory and juvenile term to dismiss the concerns of increased government control over health care:
Mr. Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, recognized Mr. Owens election and then posed a question to the other lawmakers. According to Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who supports the health care bill, the president asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”
Emphasis in original, hat tip to Ed Driscoll. This Democrat uses more divisive rhetoric, far more divisive, than his polarizing predecessor. Some new kind of politician that.
Ronald Reagan may have been the Great Communicator. The man who currently occupies his old office has become the Great Divider.
UPDATE:Just moments after posting this piece, I caught something similar at Powerline, Obama’s
tone is nearly always moderate but what he hints at and what he intimates by way of body language often convey the opposite Witness his warm embrace of Hugo Chavez. Behind the thin veneer of politeness, there is, I suspect, something ugly lurking. In the first of the autobiographies that he claims to have written, Barack Obama frequently speaks of himself as being in the grips of rage. We would do well to take him at his word.
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