More Obama-O’Reilly: “Richard Nixon was more liberal than I was”

posted at 2:01 pm on February 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, this is a point I make from time to time, too. I ask people to name the President who put peacetime government limits on wages and prices, and created the EPA. Not everyone remembers that Richard Nixon took all of those actions, all of which were ill-considered — and all of which Congress authorized, implicitly and explicitly. But the real entertainment in this taped segment of the Bill O’Reilly-Barack Obama Super Bowl interview that first aired last night isn’t Obama’s attempt to use Nixon to make himself look moderate, but the claim that no one would care about four dead Americans in Benghazi and the incompetence that caused it if it weren’t for those darned kids at Fox News, or something.

Oh, and at the same time, Obama wants Fox to give him some credit for their ratings:

This interview rolls smoother than the live interview aired on Sunday, in which both men kept talking over each other and mostly circled around the legitimacy of the questions. O’Reilly and Obama have a good discussion on poverty and the breakdown of the family, and Obama mostly dodged the Keystone question in an amicable way. The debate gets more contentious around the welfare state, but it’s still sharp and interesting.

But after offering repeated shots at Fox in an interview to which the White House agreed to participate, O’Reilly puts Obama on the spot and challenges him to specify how Fox News has been unfair.  Obama gets caught unprepared:

O’REILLY: Fox News. I can’t speak for Fox, but I’m, you know, the table-setter here at 8 o’clock. Do you think I’m unfair to you? Do you think I’ve been giving –

OBAMA: Absolutely, of course you are Bill! But, I like you anyway. Um –

O’REILLY: Ok, but give me how I’m unfair.

OBAMA: It’s, it’s — but, look . . .

O’REILLY: Give me how I’m unfair, c’mon! You can’t make that accusation without telling me!

OBAMA: [Laughs] Bill, we just went through an interview in which you asked about — uh, healthcare not working, IRS, were we wholly corrupt, Benghazi –

O’REILLY: Right.

OBAMA: So the list of issues that you talk about –

O’REILLY: But these are unanswered questions!

OBAMA: But, but, but — they’re defined by you guys in a certain way. But, that — look, this is ok. If you wanna be — if you wanna be President of the United States, then you know you’re gonna be subject to criticism, and –

O’REILLY: But if it’s unfair — I wanna know if it’s unfair.

OBAMA: [Laughs]

O’REILLY: Criticism is criticism! It’s my job to give you a hard time.

OBAMA: Here — here’s what I would say. I think regardless of whether it’s fair or not, it has made Fox News very successful.

O’REILLY: But if I’m unfair, I want –

OBAMA: Here’s — here’s the thing you guys — here’s what you guys are gonna have to figure out, is what are you gonna do when I’m gone? I’m tellin’ ya.

O’REILLY: Our ratings were high when you weren’t here!

OBAMA: Oh, man, you know — [Laughs]

O’REILLY: OOOOH! [Laughs]

OBAMA: I’ve been a big money-maker for you guys. [Laughs]

Yes, because Fox News languished at the bottom of the ratings until 2009. Oh, wait …

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I have no comment either.

SC.Charlie on February 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Does Obama think comparing himself to what is widely considered one of the worst presidents in US history is a good idea?

Rocks on February 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

And China.

Why Fox would subject anyone to those two before the party is bewildering.

cbenoistd on February 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

What are you gonna do when I’m gone?

Thank God. Next question.

EA_MAN on February 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I cannot stand to watch BOR…

OmahaConservative on February 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

O’Reilly, when accused of doing the soft shoe with Obama, has said that Obama would never let him do an interview with him again.

Bill should look at it from a different perspective. He should go in with guns blazing, holding Obama’s feet to the fire every second. Then, maybe then, we’d get the answers that America needs to hear.

O’Reilly wouldn’t get another interview, but he would do the country a great service.

Instead, he mealy mouths it so he can get another mealy mouth interview next year.

NavyMustang on February 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And had more integrity.

rogerb on February 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Obama’s not lying.

Richard Nixon’s administration was extremely liberal.

Pincher Martin on February 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I think he meant to say “I am more Nixon than Nixon was.”

Skwor on February 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

OBAMA: But, but, but — they’re defined by you guys in a certain way.

Translation- Unlike Morning Joe, Fox doesn’t get talking points from Valarie Jarrett and it really makes me mad.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Does Obama think comparing himself to what is widely considered one of the worst presidents in US history is a good idea?

Rocks on February 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Actually on balance, history has favorably re-assessed RMN’s record. The same will not be said about the rat-eared bastard who would dearly love the kind of popularity numbers Nixon had when he resigned.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Does this guy have any idea what he is saying?

rplat on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Was TOTUS on?

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Does this guy have any idea what he is saying?

rplat on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I cannot stand to watch BOR…

OmahaConservative on February 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I agree, but it needs clarifying; as stated, it seems as if you like watching Obama ;-)

yubley on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Can’t wait until we don’t have this —- to kick around.

Flange on February 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

It was either “I’m better than Nixon” or “I’m better than Carter.”

Nixon isn’t here to kick around anymore, and y’all know Jimmy isn’t about to give up his new status as Second Worst President In U.S. History.

Christien on February 4, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Here’s the only Obama-Nixon comparison that makes any sense: Cartoon

petefrt on February 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Is there anything in the entire world that Obama has not made better by his mere presence?

What a piece of work. This idiot wouldn’t last 5 minutes in an ordinary work place without being shunned or beat up.

kam582 on February 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

This is probably the last interview w/ Obama on FOX, right?

The next Super Bowl is in 2017, when he’ll be trolling the Presidency rather than holding it.

22044 on February 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

“Richard Nixon was more liberal truthful than I was”

THERE we go. This one is free- I know you have some problems when you don’t have your teleprompter, Mr. President.

makattak on February 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I’m sure he believes “the folks” at MSNBC are a bunch of truth-tellers.

He should, he sounds like every one of their hosts.

fogw on February 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Our Prez constantly acts like he is still a child, like he’s weaseling his way out of something back at Punajou High School.

Empty suit lightweight.

He’s so ridiculously insecure about Fox News that is is bizarre.

If SNL was not so Leftist, they’d made infinite skits making fun of O’s Fox paranoia.

Maybe do a video satire of “What does the Fox say?” but themed on O’s senseless insecurity. That would be hilarious.

KirknBurker on February 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Does this guy have any idea what he is saying?

rplat on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

haha :)

Everything he says is a form of, “I, Choomie, have the purest of motives in all I do!”

The guy punk can’t admit that he makes mistakes; I wish he could be interviewed by someone who realizes this, and knew how to best prepare for this kind of person.

Anti-Control on February 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Old and Busted: Only Nixon could go to China.
The New Hotness: Only Obama could go to Fox.

Christien on February 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

What a piece of work. This idiot wouldn’t last 5 minutes in an ordinary work place without being shunned or beat up.

kam582 on February 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Dead on. Except for the 5, should be 2.

fogw on February 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

I agree, but it needs clarifying; as stated, it seems as if you like watching Obama ;-)

yubley on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

LOL! Thought that went w/o saying…

OmahaConservative on February 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I wish he could be interviewed by someone who realizes this, and knew how to best prepare for this kind of person.

Anti-Control on February 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Dennis Miller.

fogw on February 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Narcissistic

I made fox famous or something

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

This dope is a complete embarrassment to the world. This is one experiment gone horribly wrong.

rjoco1 on February 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

He literally can’t answer a question. Mumble, mumble, but, but ah, um.

Really?

SittingDeadRed on February 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Actual questions….the horror

He’ll get love on his next Superbowl

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Dennis Miller.

fogw on February 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

lol ^5 to that! :)

Anti-Control on February 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Well, we can debate how Liberal the Nixon Administration was,
but one thing is certain…Eric Holder is a dead ringer
for John Mitchell.

ToddPA on February 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Obama sent Ambassador Stevens into that Benghazi hornets nest that the British and other western nations fled from. He sent them in without adequate security and cut it when they asked for more.

Once the fighting started rescuers were ordered to stand down, effectively hanging them out to dry.

Rather than sending help they sent a drone armed only with a video camera, which was streamed to the White House situation room. (Where they watch Stevens and the Seals die.)

What is the difference between that and what King David did to Uriah in the Bible (sent him into the hottest battle so King David could marry Uriah’s wife, whom David had gotten pregnant).

My question is: What did Ambassador Stevens know (or do) that made Obama want him dead?

The Rock on February 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Fox was successful BEFORE you, Obama, and they will be successful after you. You’re just a thin-skinned boy with a mommy complex.

RovesChins on February 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

That Nixon canard over looks a huge difference in what Nixon authorized and what Obama ended up with. Recall when the dems took the house in 2006 one of the first efforts was to give the EPA the power to create policy (laws). They immediately declared carbon dioxide a pollutant that needed to be “managed”.

Bush would not authorize it while in office. Obama lifted that ban and got the house to pass a carbon tax that the senate never took up. The house under GOP control rescinded the house rule.

DanMan on February 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

“I ask people to name the President who put peacetime government limits on wages and prices, and created the EPA. Not everyone remembers that Richard Nixon took all of those actions, all of which were ill-considered ….”

Wage and price controls, yes, that was both idiotic as there was no significant reason for it and in no way could it be arranged that would not be more of a disaster than not having the controls.

That’s not as much the case regarding the creation of the EPA. The problem with the EPA is/was not it’s creation, but the control and limitations of it, combined with the abdication of responsibility by the states to things on their own. But even if the states had acted, I don’t know whether they could, on their own resolve interstate issues. The Great Lakes Commission indicates it might have, but the acid rain issue indicates it might not.

Dusty on February 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Senator Mark Warner, dhimmicRAT, addresses the important issues of the day: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/senator-wants-justin-bieber-deported-20140204

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

My question is: What did Ambassador Stevens know (or do) that made Obama want him dead?

The Rock on February 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

He knew the ship full of arms for Syria had departed and was heading to Turkey.

DanMan on February 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

lol ^5 to that! :)

Anti-Control on February 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Miller’s an informed wordsmith.
Obama’s a puppet-head teleprompter reader.

Sure would be entertaining to watch.

fogw on February 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Actually, I’d say you were both equally liberal, which is why it fascinates me that liberals despise Nixon, other than for Watergate, which was just a petty crime.

rickv404 on February 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

“Not a smidgeon of corruption” won, by far.

Goebbels sends a love letter to DC, written in his semen, from his grave. His ultimate dreams are surpassed by the deceit-master in DC.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

He was right about one thing. Nixon was a socialist.

erp on February 4, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Don’t forget Nixon and Gold.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

All fun and games these two. If memory serves Bill has been late to the party. Again. I guess the former Entertainment Tonight fellow is just naturally slow on the uptake. They make a fine pair. Get a room!!!

Bmore on February 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Yet another thing N and O have in common.

calbear on February 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The Nixon analogy will make the left ‘die’.

Nixon was still much smarter, math, music…and loved his land, tried to redeem his errors…

This buffoon fancies himself an infallible god.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

You people who think Obama was joshing or lying about Nixon being in some ways more liberal than the current president don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

This is last year from Fox News: “Richard Nixon — the last great liberal”

From the National Review about the same time: Nixon at 100: Was He ‘America’s Last Liberal’? His record was far from conservative.

Richard Nixon was so liberal that the National Review refused to endorse his re-election campaign in 1972.

Pincher Martin on February 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I loved the part about “not even a smidgeon of corruption” in the IRS of which the leader pled the Fifth before Congress. Interesting choice if true.

jdpaz on February 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

“Its all George Bush’s Fox News’ fault!

GarandFan on February 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Obama was right about one thing. Nixon was a socialist.

erp on February 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Does this guy have any idea what he is saying?

rplat on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM
Was TOTUS on?

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Cut that out. You’re messing with the space-time continium. if this keeps up, we’ll end up with a loop of obama presidencies…

todler on February 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Senator Mark Warner, dhimmicRAT, addresses the important issues of the day:

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The bastard has done nothing to restore the funding looted from military pensions and, yet, he has time to comment about this? I hope he gets trounced in November.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Is Barky planning to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox’s investigation of himself and sleazy Eric Holder?

viking01 on February 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Well, we can debate how Liberal the Nixon Administration was,
but one thing is certain…Eric Holder is a dead ringer
for John Mitchell.

ToddPA on February 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Eric Holder is far more corrupt and dishonest than John Mitchell.

The entire interview clearly demonstrates what many of us already knew / believed about Obama… feckless, thin-skinned, petulant, contemptuous, narcissistic, an ideologue, and is fundamentally dishonest.

His agenda was to play to his base, spinning and blaming Fox News for the fact that these stories / issues remain stories and issues despite the fact that none of the questions from them have ever been answered. He also demonstrates his contempt for those who disagree with him.

His glib answer that Nixon was more liberal plays to the vapidity and revisionism that is commonplace – particularly since Obama’s paranoia, lack of transparency, and abuses of power can be argued exceeded that of Nixon and his Administration.

He points to Nixon’s creation of the EPA as an example of Nixon’s ‘liberalism’ – yet the EPA as created is a far cry from the regulatory agency that abuses its power / charter regularly within the Obama Administration. With the Obama Administration, we can point to the abuses of power being the rule rather than the exception…and this is being done without Congressional review, oversight, or approval.

Let’s remember that when Obama took office in 2009, he attempted to move quite far to the left with his ambitious progressive agenda, but even with super-majorities in Congress, could only get the ACA and Dodd/Frank megabills passed.

Obama’s comparison to Nixon is little more than a freudian slip – comparing his corrupt, abusive Administration to another corrupt and abusive Administration…but fails to recognize that in that comparison, Obama’s record is far worse. What’s saving Obama is the media’s bias.

Athos on February 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

If we’re looking at corruption, this Obama regime makes Nixon’s goons look like the Apple Dumpling Gang.

TarheelBen on February 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

The Big Lie. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? How big can it get? How many of them can there be? Yes, he’s the unprecedented president, all right.

rrpjr on February 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

The NPD is advancing…

d1carter on February 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Nixon basically let the Democrats have their way on domestic policy so that they would leave him alone on foreign policy, which was where Nixon felt most comfortable and felt his skills were best applied.

HornHiAceDeuce on February 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I loved the part about “not even a smidgeon of corruption” in the IRS of which the leader pled the Fifth before Congress.
jdpaz on February 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

He has to say this. It’s integral to the Big Lie. Any concession to truth opens the door for more concessions. The total lockdown on the truth is the only possibility. Look at the history of all totalitarian governments everywhere. This is how it works. Ultimately they all implode. Will this one? I wonder. Americans don’t seem to care, and the police state here is so much larger and powerful.

rrpjr on February 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

…who is wearing the knee pads?

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

FOX’s Gutfeld strikes back with humore.

Now, blaming Fox News for Obama’s scandals is like blaming rubble for an earthquake. FNC did not create ObamaCare or target enemies for IRS investigations. His people inflicted that pain. FNC just asked about the bruising.

But to use a football metaphor, once again, FNC is that sole remaining cheerleader who won’t end up under the bleachers with the star QB.

Sorry, O. We aren’t like all those other MSM floozies.

Terp Mole on February 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I cannot stand to watch BOR…

OmahaConservative on February 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I watch it for the guests he has on.

TX-eye on February 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Even sitting with O’Reilly, whom I also can’t stand…obama is exposed as the completely vacuous twit he is, without prepared, slick-assed remarks being fed to him on the TotUS.
What a useless talentless jackass.

a5minmajor on February 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Miller’s an informed wordsmith.
Obama’s a puppet-head teleprompter reader.

Sure would be entertaining to watch.

fogw on February 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

:) I agree…however, my one concern would be that Dennis wouldn’t hold his feet to the fire/hit him hard enough, because I think he’s too nice of a guy in some ways.

Anti-Control on February 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I loved the part about “not even a smidgeon of corruption” in the IRS of which the leader pled the Fifth before Congress. Interesting choice if true.

jdpaz on February 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

This just goes to show how BOR didn’t do adequate prep for the interview.

He did not anticipate 0dumba’s reactions to his questions well.

Anti-Control on February 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The programs I would watch on FOX:
Cavuto
The Five
Special Report
Red Eye
Hannity – just the panels

Anything I should add?

22044 on February 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Bill should look at it from a different perspective. He should go in with guns blazing, holding Obama’s feet to the fire every second. Then, maybe then, we’d get the answers that America needs to hear.

Obama doesn’t have the ability answer truthfully, or even directly. It’s always a dodge and redirect.

sadatoni on February 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

So when is the part in this interview where O’Reilly says, “With all due respect, Mr. President, BLOW ME.”

Oops. Sorry. I’ve been off my meds…

locomotivebreath1901 on February 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I dislike Bill immensely, but his long record of experience interviewing, he must know that liberals dodge, deflect, and try to dominate all the time and he likely expected no differently with Obama.

22044 on February 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Obama is such a big baby. Fox has done some great reporting on Benghazi and other scandals. If there was a Republican in the White House, Catherine Herridge would get a Pulitzer.

TarheelBen on February 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

In case it hasn’t been said.

Obama:

“Fox….I built that.”

Buck_Nekkid on February 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Obama:

It’s, it’s — but, look . . .
But, but, but —
But, that — look, this is ok.
If you wanna be — if you wanna be President
Here — here’s what I would say.
Here’s — here’s the thing you guys —
I’m tellin’ ya.
Oh, man, you know —
I’ve been a big money-maker for you guys.

How exactly is this more sophisticated and intelligent than Sarah Palin?

Nutstuyu on February 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Speaking of Nixon…

Obamacare cost Dems more seats in 2010 than Watergate cost Republicans in 1974.

Richard Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, and three months later, in the November 1974 mid-terms, Democrats flipped:

3 seats in the US Senate
49 seats in the US House
628 seats in state legislatures

In the wake of Porkulus and Obamacare, Republicans in the November 2010 mid-terms flipped:

6 seats in the US Senate
63 seats in the US House
680 seats in state legislatures

As Ed wrote in 2010:

GOP wins “all-time high” in state legislative seats
posted at 2:55 pm on November 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
——————–

Who could have suspected that Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi would spark a national rejection of their party that outdid Watergate?

Obama has been called Nixonian before, but never in this context. When he charged to victory in 2008, Democrats thought they had unlocked the secret of marrying a progressive to the broad center of American politics. Instead, his radical agenda has alienated the center and leaves Democrats with a sharply reduced national base for their future.

Yes, Obama was re-elected in 2012, and I know that almost half the population appears to be more concerned with free phones and EBT cards than with the integrity of the President or the insurance industry, but I remain hopeful that the 2014 mid-terms will keep the House and return the Senate to Republican control.

At that point, if we can get enough Democrats who care more about the country (or at least their own careers) than their political party, we could repeal Obamacare with 290 votes in the House and 67 votes in the Senate, and override Obama’s veto.

Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.

ITguy on February 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Yet another thing N and O have in common.

calbear on February 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

NO?

Nutstuyu on February 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

If dear leader had stayed awake in Am History class, he would have known that Nixon was a crook who resigned in disgrace. So, if he wants to follow in his footsteps, start writing that speech.

Kissmygrits on February 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I dislike Bill immensely, but his long record of experience interviewing, he must know that liberals dodge, deflect, and try to dominate all the time and he likely expected no differently with Obama.

22044 on February 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

He didn’t show that he understood how to handle Choomie very well here…I think it was not one of Bill’s better efforts.

Anti-Control on February 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Does Obama think comparing himself to what is widely considered one of the worst presidents in US history is a good idea?

Rocks on February 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The imperialism of Nixon combined with the competence of Carter, what a winning hand!

Kafir on February 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

“I’ve been a big money-maker for you guys.”

He’s got a point. During his presidency a select group of folks have indeed received quite a lot of money at the expense of the average American. However, this happens in every presidency I’m sure. What’s remarkable is that the sheer bold facedness and volume of it all is truly astonishing…and he got re-elected anyway. Wow.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Does Obama think comparing himself to what is widely considered one of the worst presidents in US history is a good idea?

Rocks on February 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The funny thing is, he was trying to find a president that would make him look good by comparison.

And failed.

Nixon was smarter, more effective, and less corrupt. And frankly, I don’t know if Nixon would have been as corrupt as he was if he hadn’t watched Kennedy and Johnson steal the 1960 election and get away with it.

At any rate, Nixon didn’t steal any elections. The scandal that brought him down was nothing he did himself, but covering up for incompetent thieves from his party during Watergate.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Does Obama think comparing himself to what is widely considered one of the worst presidents in US history is a good idea?

Rocks on February 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The funny thing is, he was trying to find a president that would make him look good by comparison.

And failed.

Nixon was smarter, more effective, and less corrupt. And frankly, I don’t know if Nixon would have been as corrupt as he was if he hadn’t watched Kennedy and Johnson steal the 1960 election and get away with it.

At any rate, Nixon didn’t steal any elections. The scandal that brought him down was nothing he did himself, but covering up for incompetent thieves from his party during Watergate.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Nearly forgot: Nixon inherited a war going badly in Vietnam, and absolutely won it. Granted, the Democrat Congress after he was gone threw the victory away and let our ally South Vietnam get overrun, in one of the most shameful things ever done by our government.

Obama, on the other hand, was handed a war that had been won in Iraq, and we’re watching it spin back into chaos. And the minor war in Afghanistan has been handled disastrously.

Any decent comparison between Nixon and Obama makes Obama look bad.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

It’s interesting: John F. Kennedy was a decorated WWII combat veteran and staunch anti-communist Cold War hawk who got elected in 1960 in part by maneuvering to Nixon’s right on national security affairs. He was a tax-cutting supply-sider who believed that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” He was a Life member of the NRA.

Nixon, on the other hand, was a big government liberal who created a bunch of intrusive nanny state agencies (EPA, OSHA, DEA, ATF). He took the U.S. off the gold standard, instituted wage and price controls, and signed into law the 55 MPH speed limit. On foreign affairs, he withdrew U.S. troops from Vietnam, pursued detente and negotiated strategic arms limits with the Soviets, and opened diplomatic relations with Red China.

By any measure, were he alive today, JFK would fit right in with the Christie-Romney wing of the Republican Party, whereas Milhouse would almost certainly be a liberal Democrat. Yet, ironically, the left still regards Kennedy as a secular martyr saint, and still foams at the mouth with a seething rage at the mention of Nixon’s name. I guess they can just never forgive him for his anti-communist activism early in his congressional career.

Hayabusa on February 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

If you’re going to behave like a sniveling little crybaby, at least have the courtesy to speak like an adult and not a gum-smacking high school kid.

Maddie on February 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I ask people to name the President who put peacetime government limits on wages and prices, and created the EPA.

Say, weren’t we in Vietnam when Nixon instituted W&P controls…?

JohnGalt23 on February 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Socialists are thin skinned and intolerant of any criticism other than criticism they approve of. Which is, basically, none. Because such criticism must first recognize the glorious successes and accomplishments of socialism, and only offer up ‘constructive’ ideas for improvement of socialist prescriptions. Forward comrades!

farsighted on February 4, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Anyone ever wonder how Europe, and the rest of the world, can be awash in socialists who have no qualms about calling themselves socialists, while in the USA we have virtually none, allegedly? And yet the majority of Dems admire and look wistfully upon the socialism rampant in Europe.

It is because American socialists refuse to admit they are what they are. The only ‘American Exceptionalism’ US socialists recognize is how amazingly exceptional the US is in its lack of socialists.

farsighted on February 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

At least Nixon didn’t stab Israel in the back and he resigned when he got caught.

crosshugger on February 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Obama may regret comparing himself to Nixon.

A good come-back would have been “Do you think Nixon was a crook?”

Like Nixon, he may still resign, but, unlike Nixon, he hates his job, and it shows in the quality of his work.

virgo on February 5, 2014 at 1:42 AM