Obama as the new Reagan?

In an interview with a Nevada editorial board, Barack Obama did something rather unique for Democrats, praising and associating himself with Ronald Reagan. From Politico blogger Ben Smith:

“Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and a way that Bill Clinton did not,” he said, describing Reagan as appealing to a sentiment that, “We want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism nad entrepreneurship that had been missing.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    This is, of course, perfect postmodernism. It has nothing to do with ideas, only with senses and dynamics.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    This is, of course, perfect postmodernism. It has nothing to do with ideas, only with senses and dynamics.

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  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    I think this particular clip’s relevance is a bit overblown. The context isn’t one of policies, he’s discussing presidents who have been effective, who have overseen a time of change, and saying that such presidents owe a great deal of that effectiveness to the people and the culture of their time. It’s not merely that they were great leaders of themselves, but that the country itself wanted change as well. What’s so postmodern about that (Lars @1)?

    It certainly doesn’t mean that Obama agrees with Reagan’s policies. And I think saying that Obama “prais[ed] and associat[ed] himself with Ronald Reagan” is similarly misleading to someone who doesn’t listen to the clip in context (as when Obama goes to talk in a similar tone about Kennedy, immediately after the above clip ends).

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    I think this particular clip’s relevance is a bit overblown. The context isn’t one of policies, he’s discussing presidents who have been effective, who have overseen a time of change, and saying that such presidents owe a great deal of that effectiveness to the people and the culture of their time. It’s not merely that they were great leaders of themselves, but that the country itself wanted change as well. What’s so postmodern about that (Lars @1)?

    It certainly doesn’t mean that Obama agrees with Reagan’s policies. And I think saying that Obama “prais[ed] and associat[ed] himself with Ronald Reagan” is similarly misleading to someone who doesn’t listen to the clip in context (as when Obama goes to talk in a similar tone about Kennedy, immediately after the above clip ends).

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  • fw

    the full clip that Dr Vieth has sampled is here. If you REALLY want to know where Obama wants to take things and how he reasons things through, unfiltered by the media……..to agree or disagree with him, this would be an excellent place to see that….

    http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080115/VIDEO/80115026&oaso=news.rgj.com/breakingnews

  • fw

    the full clip that Dr Vieth has sampled is here. If you REALLY want to know where Obama wants to take things and how he reasons things through, unfiltered by the media……..to agree or disagree with him, this would be an excellent place to see that….

    http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080115/VIDEO/80115026&oaso=news.rgj.com/breakingnews

  • fw

    note Obama´s seeming lack of artifice. And his depth of reason and detail. This is not a political speach.

  • fw

    note Obama´s seeming lack of artifice. And his depth of reason and detail. This is not a political speach.

  • fw

    The alternative for me as a moderate democrat is truly Bill-ary. she WILL be ready from day one because if she is elected we will be electing a two-for-one truly.

    it will be 8 more years of the polarization and chaos that reigned in the 1st 8 years and allowed condoliza rice to sarcastically say “the adults are here now…”.

    We are faced with the odd paradox, that in many ways Clinton´s administration was actually more conservative that was George Bush´s administration in EVERY way except for the abortion question. I am not even sure i could agree that his judicial appointments were conservative or perhaps much more radical than we imagine. Kind of radical in a conservo-romantic way: exactly like the penticostal lets-go-back-to-what-we-think-the-book-of-acts-looked-like.

  • fw

    The alternative for me as a moderate democrat is truly Bill-ary. she WILL be ready from day one because if she is elected we will be electing a two-for-one truly.

    it will be 8 more years of the polarization and chaos that reigned in the 1st 8 years and allowed condoliza rice to sarcastically say “the adults are here now…”.

    We are faced with the odd paradox, that in many ways Clinton´s administration was actually more conservative that was George Bush´s administration in EVERY way except for the abortion question. I am not even sure i could agree that his judicial appointments were conservative or perhaps much more radical than we imagine. Kind of radical in a conservo-romantic way: exactly like the penticostal lets-go-back-to-what-we-think-the-book-of-acts-looked-like.

  • fw

    actually the clintons are on this one as well, and EVEN praise GW Bush!

    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/01/clinton-bashes.html

  • fw

    actually the clintons are on this one as well, and EVEN praise GW Bush!

    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/01/clinton-bashes.html


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