Comparing Obama To Reagan Is Like…

Mistaking The Horse’s Ass For The Horse

Time, already rapidly replacing the Sears Catalog as the cleansing material of choice for outdoor plumbing aficionados everywhere, has, with its latest offering, bid fair to outdo even Mad Magazine, the venerable old periodical of ‘Humor In A Jugular Vein’, as the top purveyor of sophomoric jocosity in America:

Barack Obama, the leftiest left-winger to ever hold high office in America, ‘hearts’ Ronald Reagan, one of the most conservative of our U.S. Presidents?? One might be forgiven for presuming that Richard Stengel, Managing Editor of Time has redeemed one too many prescriptions for medical marijuana.  But Stengel says,

“It’s a Photoshopped image of the two men together. They never actually met, but I’d like to think they’d have a good time if they were sitting down at the White House together and it’s basically how Obama from even the 1980s started looking at Reagan as a transformational politician–not in terms of substance, but in terms of style–with someone he would model himself after, and that has happened over the last 20 years.”

Au contraire, Monsieur Stengel.  Obama has his role models, as I’ve discussed elsewhere, but Ronald Reagan has never been one of them.  In fact, says Rush Limbaugh,

[…] “we’ve read countless times from Obama’s book about how he hated Reagan and his minions. In fact, one of Obama’s stated reasons for wanting power was to do away with what Reagan had accomplished.”

Assuming that Obama is in any way similar to Mr. Reagan is like mistaking the horse’s ass for the horse.  But there is usually a method behind apparent media madness such as this, and in this case, with less than two years remaining before the next Presidential election, it seems to be the beginning of the Long March by beleaguered liberals to convince the public that the lifelong socialist for whom they mistakenly cast ballots in 2008 is in actuality a misunderstood centrist.  Can they? Well, stranger things have happened, and you’ll generally never go broke betting on the idiocy of human beings, but this time it’s going to be, I think, an uphill slog.

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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23 Responses to Comparing Obama To Reagan Is Like…

  1. SamHenry says:

    This whole Reagan thing is a croc. It’s a gimmick. It is a move to recast Obama as a centrist. He is going to use his oratory to move us back into the fold. I won’t work. How dumb do you think we are, anyway [damnably dumb]. “Deliver us from evil” –
    words this Sunday that have a greater meaning.

    Off topic but what happens when all that military stuff falls into enemy hands? If enough dictators fall over there, the militants will have quite an arsenal. And they will be using our own weapons against us. If all of what I have said does not hang together it’s because I was up to 2:00 AM and have still not gone back to bed as planned. I’ve been up since 5:30 .

  2. martin says:

    It is an pathetic attempt to purloin some of Reagan’s luster. Merely showing the two together with such artifice is a subliminal attempt to say, “Reagan would have liked him.”

    Even after all these years, a picture of Reagan always invokes a sense of appreciation, tinged with sadness that he’s gone. He was the first president I got to vote for. His image makes me remember what it’s like to have a good man in the White House.

    Looking at the current occupant engenders exactly the opposite feeling. Instead of feelings of optimism and pride, his image makes me feel disgusted, ashamed and revolted.

    Putting the two men together in this way is repulsive to me, and I bet a lot of other folks. It’s akin to Mappelthorpe “art”, perverse and demeaning.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Hi Martin. “Mappelthorpe art”. Great analogy. I’m sure most of the members of Obama’s administration would find more comfort in a picture of Reagan with a rope around his neck rather with his arm around their Leader’s less than stalwart shoulders.

  3. AFVET says:

    Believe me martin, many of our allies feel the same way as you do.
    Obama mentioned a ‘sputnik moment’ during the SOTU address.
    We may well be witnessing a ‘Carter moment’ here in two years.
    Remember the 444 hostages ?

  4. samiam60 says:

    Obama’s attempt to clone himself to Reagan offers a stark contrast of the two men and could backfire on him. Think about it, people know what Reagan stood for and how he fought against Socialism his whole career. I would say Obama will be exposed even further because of this PR attempt and it will be to our common benefit.

  5. Angel says:

    great toon~!… Have a beautiful weekend~!:)

  6. AFVET says:

    When you sit down at a poker table, and you don’t know who the sucker is, it’s you.
    Obama thinks he has control.

  7. TexasFred says:

    Comparing Obama to Reagan is just as ridiculous as comparing Sarah Palin to Reagan… Obama and Palin together, would not be fit to draw Reagan a bath if he was still here…

    The GOP/RNC and Conservatives all over America are looking for another Reagan to replace Obama much like what happened following Jimmy Peanuts, there is NO Ronald Reagan on the horizon that I can see, save John Bolton, *The stache* rocks…

  8. samhenry says:

    Bob – I had some spam and with unabashed elderly confidence I started making changes on the “discussion” tab. Well, I got an e-mail from my pal in Ireland asking why I shut down comment. Oy.

    I thought you did not comment because you did not like the way I advertised your blog on my site. I’ve been upset all afternoon. This is an excellent example of how we are our own worst enemies.

    Further, I note above in my comment I started a paragraph “I know this is off topic” and and then never mentioned what the topic was! It’s Egypt.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Hi SH. Heck, I’m always glad to see my picture anywhere except on the wall of the post office. I did notice that your comments were shut down, so I thought maybe you had suffered an unwanted invasion of progressives from the HuffPo or someplace equally as bad. I had some quotes from Mark Twain’s Egyptian trip (in Innocents Abroad) that I was going to post under your “Great-grandfather’s diary” article. I’ll save ’em & put ’em up when you get your comments re-opened.

  9. bydesign001 says:

    “Assuming that Obama is in any way similar to Mr. Reagan is like mistaking the horse’s ass for the horse.”

    Well said, Bob, well said. The mere thought that Obama is anywhere as genuine as Ronald Reagan invokes the gag factor. Progressives are desperate in that they must convince others that Obama really is the messiah and that Obama really does walk on water.

    One would have thought by now that they would have given up such tainted realities but their elitist arrogance will not permit these condescending demons to see that Americans have seen for themselves what is behind the curtain and want none of it.

    Of course, if they are unable to convince us that their master walks on water then I suspect that they will blame him on us. I am not feeling that one. His time must end in 2012.

    Finally, as desperate as the left is to paint Obama in the image of a past president, it is extremely noticeable they have not gone anywhere near Woodrow Wilson. Hmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder why.

  10. Bob Mack says:

    Morning, D. Maybe they should liken him to both Woodies:

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