Well, maybe the “news” magazine is trying to do some p.r. for the prez now that a one-time correspondent for the periodical is taking over as White House Press Secretary. Jay Carney, currently “communications director for the Vice President . . . reported for Time Magazine from 1993 until 2008, based in places such as Moscow and working his way up to Washington, DC, bureau chief in 2008.”
So, this guy goes from Time to the Obama-Biden White House only to have his one-time employer tells us that Obama Hearts Reagan.
First, talk about a revolving door, fascinating how many folks from the mainstream media go on to jobs in Democratic Administrations.
Anyone who think that Obama is like the Gipper has virtually no knowledge of Reagan’s political career or philosophical bent. Just compare the speeches which catapulted each man to leadership in his party. Reagan’s, in 1964 on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s bid for the White House, outlined a series of conservative principles to explain his support for that year’s Republican nominee. Obama’s in 2004 to the Democratic National Convention was mere fluff, offering uplifting, but ultimately empty words of praise for that year’s Democratic ticket.
Or compare the Gipper’s first inaugural address to Obama’s most recent State of the Union address. The Republican, the most successful domestic policy president of the last century, reminded us that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” The incumbent, by contrast, believes we need more government spending, er, investment, to get out of the current economic malaise.
To be sure, both invoke American exceptionalism, but only Reagan understood the concept. He knew that we didn’t need a government initiative to meet the challenges of a dynamic society. Obama, by contrast, can’t seem to imagine a pressing social problem that doesn’t require additional federal intervention.
Can any contrast be greater?
*He may be attempting to emulate the great man’s image, but he derides his ideas.
UPDATE: Donald Douglas reminds us that barely two years ago, Time was comparing Obama to FDR, with a cover touting “‘The New New Deal.’” Guess they want to make the Democrat correspond to the current national mood, or at least what they consider the current national mood.
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