Politico reports: that noq Obama is pretending t be…the Great Pretender!(irony levels warning)

It could have been a coincidence when Barack Obama gave a major policy speech last week at a building named after former President Ronald Reagan. But it comes from the same campaign that until yesterday had pushed to hold a major foreign policy address at the Brandenburg Gate, where Ronald Reagan in 1987 famously demanded of his Soviet counterpart, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan

Barack Obama keeps returning to strategies Ronald Reagan embraced.
Photo: Composite image by Politico.com

Recently when courting the fundies he quoted Reagan

“I know you can’t endorse me, but I endorse you.”

When Hillary challenged him in a debate to explain what good ideas did republicans have he equivocated.

But this is the guy who wrote this in his book Audacity of Hope page 31:

“That Reagan’s message found such a receptive audience spoke not only to his skills as a communicator; it also spoke to the failures of liberal government, during a period of economic stagnation, to give middle-class voters any sense that it was fighting for them. For the fact was government at every level had become to cavalier about spending taxpayer money. Too often bureaucracies were oblivious to the cost of their mandates. A lot of liberal rhetoric did seem to value rights and entitlements over duties and responsibilities. Reagan may have exagerrated the sins of the welfare state, and certainly liberals were right to complain that his domestic policies tilted heavily toward elites, with corporate raiders making tidy profits throughout the eighties while unions were busted and the income for the average working stiff flatlined.

Nevertheless, by promising to side with those who worked hard, obeyed the law, cared for their families, loved their country, Reagan offered Americans a sense of common purpose that liberals seemed no longer able to muster.

and on page 156:

“The conservative revolution Reagan helped usher in gained traction because Reagan’s central insight–that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic, with Democratic policy makers more obsessed with slicing the economic pie than with growing he pie–contained a good deal of truth.”

Maybe to Obama. Not to those of us living through it. Says Krugman

For it did fail. The Reagan economy was a one-hit wonder. Yes, there was a boom in the mid-1980s, as the economy recovered from a severe recession. But while the rich got much richer, there was little sustained economic improvement for most Americans. By the late 1980s, middle-class incomes were barely higher than they had been a decade before — and the poverty rate had actually risen.

Kinda funny how Obama paints democrats in entire states as racists but emulates someone who

told the bogus story of the Cadillac-driving welfare queen — a gross exaggeration of a minor case of welfare fraud. He never mentioned the woman’s race, but he didn’t have to.

More than 40 years have passed since the Voting Rights Act, which Reagan described in 1980 as “humiliating to the South. (Krugman)

But then, Obama was not so much “into the fights of the 60s and the 70’s”

So, as I predicted, with the help of the media, he’ll now try to out-Reagan McCain.

some comments from the article:

Skipping the rich in irony approval from both Mondale and Ferraro, most are miffed

from the right

Reagan’s chief speech writer Tony Dolan, who drafted the 1983 “evil empire” speech, said of Obama’s attempt to speak at the Gate, “This is a French critic endorsing German opera. It’s that shocking. Believe me — the Sens. Obama of his day were among Reagan’s harshest critics.”

and from the left

Mario Cuomo asked, rhetorically, “What did Reagan transform?”

He answered: “It wasn’t morning in America. If you are saying he transformed Americans toward a new hopefulness, hopefulness doesn’t buy peace, it doesn’t buy jobs.”

“What [Obama] is trying to do obviously is look big, look important, the way Reagan looked big,” Cuomo said. “Having 80,000 people in an auditorium is probably a way to do that, it’s huge,” he added, referencing the arena scheduled for Obama’s convention speech. “And now the Brandenburg Gate.”

and right again

“Those men both went with something profound to say,” Robinson said of Reagan and Kennedy’s famous German speeches. “And so far Barack Obama is a politician who speaks nicely. If what you are seeking is a photo shoot where giants stood, he could look small.”

hey, nobody said B0 was not  a Pretender in waiting

Appearances aside, he is once again throwing his entire base under the bus. While helping the GOP rewrite history. Purge it of democratic presidents, elevate their media wonder.

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