Quotes of the day

posted at 10:35 pm on January 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

“No matter what political disagreements you may have had with President Reagan— and I certainly had my share — there is no denying his leadership in the world, or his gift for communicating his vision for America.

“President Reagan recognized the American people’s hunger for accountability and change — putting our nation on a bold new path toward both. And although he knew that conflicts between parties and political adversaries were inevitable, he also knew that they would never be strong enough to break the ties that bind us together. He understood that while we may see the world differently and hold different opinions about what’s best for our country, the fact remains that we are all patriots who put the welfare of our fellow citizens above all else…

“When the future looked darkest and the way ahead seemed uncertain, President Reagan understood both the hardships we faced and the hopes we held for the future. He understood that it is always ‘Morning in America.’ That was his gift, and we remain forever grateful.”

“In the years that followed, Reagan would come to epitomize all that Obama opposed. Reagan cut social spending in America’s cities, backed what Obama called ‘death squads’ in El Salvador and began to build what Obama regarded as an ‘ill conceived’ missile-defense shield. ‘I personally came of age during the Reagan presidency,’ Obama wrote later, recalling the classroom debates in his courses on international affairs. When he graduated from Columbia in 1983, Obama decided to become a community organizer. ‘I’d pronounce the need for change,’ Obama wrote in his memoir. ‘Change in the White House, where Reagan and his minions were carrying on their dirty deeds.’ A decade later, he was still at it, leading a 1992 Illinois voter-registration effort aimed at breaking the Reagan coalition’s hold on his state’s electoral votes.

“But in Obama’s story line, Reagan has been more than just the antagonist. As the 1980s rolled on and Obama matured, Reagan became a model for leadership. The attraction was less substantive than stylistic and instinctive. Both had strong mothers and dysfunctional fathers. Both prided themselves on bringing people together. Obama even conceded that he sometimes felt the emotional pull of Reagan’s vision. ‘I understood his appeal,’ Obama recalled in his second book, The Audacity of Hope. ‘Reagan spoke to America’s longing for order, our need to believe that we are not simply subject to blind, impersonal forces but that we can shape our individual and collective destinies.’ The Great Communicator, it seems, had struck a chord.

“This admiration stayed with Obama after he rose to the U.S. Senate and as he weighed a run at the White House. In late 2006, his top strategist, David Axelrod, laid out an Obama-as-Reagan theory of the race. ‘I remember talking about the fact that this had the potential to be one of those big-change elections like 1980,’ Axelrod says now. ‘The Republican project seemed to have run out of gas.’ Axelrod believed the political pendulum, which had swung left with the New Deal and had been reversed by Reagan, was once again reaching the end of its arc.”

Via Greg Hengler.


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kingsjester on January 28, 2011 at 8:22 AM

good one KJ, love the opening sentence :)

cmsinaz on January 28, 2011 at 8:29 AM

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kingsjester on January 28, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Unseen is high or somethin’? I don’t wish anything but success to Mike Pence. He is a true American patriot who remembers the sacrifices the troops make, and knows this country’s history. He speaks well, he understands issues that affect people, so on and so forth.

I wish Pence nothing but good luck.

ProudPalinFan on January 28, 2011 at 8:35 AM

this is just bait. Obama couldn’t shovel sh!t behind Ronald Reagan’s horse.

ted c on January 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Ted, Obama has a job already; he serves Bill Clinton coffee ;)

ProudPalinFan on January 28, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Obama couldn’t shovel sh!t behind Ronald Reagan’s horse.

ted c on January 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Amen brother. The comparison would be funny if it wasn’t so offensive and stupid.

CantCureStupid on January 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM

The Obama=Reagan fairy tale is so disgusting on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to start.

Obama = Peter Pan

petefrt on January 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM

What’s really going on is that Obama and his media cronies are deluding themselves into thinking that Obama will win in a landslaide like Reagan did. They are so fundamentally disconnected from the people of this nation, that they have absolutely no clue why Reagan beat Carter and Mondale in landslides so they think “hey… it could happen to us. Yeah, Obama is just like Reagan, suuuuure.”

bitsy on January 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Oh to be a fly on the wall at Obama’s focus group marketing sessions. I have no doubt that the opening line is usually:

“What else can we throw out to the idiot rube Americans that will make me look like something I’m not?”

anniekc on January 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

HA could try having a daily open thread. When we originally petitioned them to do something so we could hit on breaking news w/o being OT on a thread, they came up w/ the idea of the headlines. Not a bad idea at all, although I think the importation of comments if a headline thread is chosen to be a blog post should be a given.

Connie on January 28, 2011 at 12:13 AM

When the Ed Morrissey show is up and I am chatting there, I do ask for it…he’s just too scared of us or something…and I asked for one for every Friday. Those that are here know me as PPF also.

ProudPalinFan on January 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM

At this point, it’s safe to say that the media is now in full psyche ops mode for Obamas reelection.
The great thing is that A) Its transparently pathetic and B) We have the New Media to ridicule it in record time.

jjshaka on January 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM

If Sharpton can claim a crown in MLK, then we can claim one in Reagan and tell the left not to steal our crown. What a bunch of dopes if they think we’ll be buying that O = R BS.

Kissmygrits on January 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Don’t know if this has been linked, yet.

Fallon on January 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

“Everyone loves Raymond Reagan”.

Electrongod on January 28, 2011 at 10:07 AM

‘Help me, Obi-Ron Da-Gipper; you’re my only hope’

RalphyBoy on January 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Does anyone really buy this “move to the center” from Obama? I mean, who would be stupid enough to not be able to see that this is all just a ruse to get reelected?
…I mean, besides the millions of people who were dumb enough to vote for him the first time.

Sterling Holobyte on January 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Many thanks, AZCON and Opinionator!

tigerlily on January 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2011 at 8:03 AM

Nice post..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM