Excesses of the '60s and '70s? Reagan provided clarity? Like Iran-Contra, "Star Wars," the largest deficits then ever known? The greatest transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to the wealthy then ever known? Optimism and dynamism? Is that not the type of superficial platitude for which the likes of Chris Matthews are known?There is more, check it out.
I'm sorry. There is no way to excuse that statement, and it says a lot about Senator Obama's vision of change and bipartisanship. You can watch the entire interview here.
So, does Obama really love Ronald Reagan?
Obama admires Reagan because he agrees with Reagan's basic frame that the 1960s and 1970s were full of 'excesses' and that government had grown large and unaccountable.And here:
Those excesses, of course, were feminism, the consumer rights movement, the civil rights movement, the environmental movement, and the antiwar movement. The libertarian anti-government ideology of an unaccountable large liberal government was designed by ideological conservatives to take advantage of the backlash against these 'excesses'.
It is extremely disturbing to hear, not that Obama admires Reagan, but why he does so. Reagan was not a sunny optimist pushing dynamic entrepreneurship, but a savvy politician using a civil rights backlash to catapult conservatives to power.
The Huffington Post's Sam Stein adds the important point that Obama also compared himself to JFK later in the discussion. But Stein also adds this about Obama's remarks:Is it any wonder that the Republicans and the DLC like this guy.In fact, Obama offered praise for the Gipper, lauding him for tapping into the country's concern with the growth and "excesses" of the federal government, and its desire to "return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship" -- hardly a welcomed interpretation within progressive circles.