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Why Obama Is No Roosevelt
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-02-10 | DOROTHY RABINOWITZ

Posted on 11/01/2010 6:17:38 PM PDT by GOP_Lady

Roosevelt: 'Your government has unmistakable confidence in your ability to hear the worst without flinching and losing heart.'
Obama: We don't 'always think clearly when we're scared.'.

Whatever the outcome of today's election, this much is clear: It will be a long time before Americans ever again decide that the leadership of the nation should go to a legislator of negligible experience—with a voting record, as state and U.S. senator, consisting largely of "present," and an election platform based on glowing promises of transcendence. A platform vowing, unforgettably, to restore us—a country lost to arrogance and crimes against humanity—to a place of respect in the world.

We would win back our allies who, so far as we knew, hadn't been lost anywhere. Though once Mr. Obama was elected and began dissing them with returned Churchill busts and airy claims of ignorance about the existence of any special relationship between the United States and Great Britain, the British, at least, have been feeling less like pals of old.

In the nearly 24 months since Mr. Obama's election, popular enthusiasm for him has gone the way of his famous speeches—lyrical, inspired and unburdened by the weight of concrete thought.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bamanonothing; obama; roosevelt; wsj

1 posted on 11/01/2010 6:17:43 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: 506Lake; AdvisorB; afraidfortherepublic; antivenom; angry elephant; Bernard; Blonde; ...


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2 posted on 11/01/2010 6:18:24 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

FDR is over-rated. He is 100X better than the clueless boob infesting the WH now.


3 posted on 11/01/2010 6:20:57 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: GOP_Lady
Obama is more like Franklins commie wife Eleanor..
and his wife is just as pretty..
4 posted on 11/01/2010 6:23:13 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: GOP_Lady

Dorothy Rabinowitz pulls out the big guns on the day before election. What’s more, this article is made to appeal to lifelong liberals.

We know that Obama is no Reagan. Now the most dyed-in-the-wool Democrats must admit that he is no FDR. Like him or not, at least FDR was good at talking to people.


5 posted on 11/01/2010 6:27:05 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: GOP_Lady

Oh, good grief. Libs could all spare themselves the effort of writing these maudlin eulogies and simply go back and read what conservatives said and wrote before the 2008 election. WE TOLD THEM SO!!!


6 posted on 11/01/2010 6:36:55 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: GOP_Lady

I’m no Roosevelt fan, but Obama is less that the stuff you wipe off your shoe if you’ve stepped in something stinky.


7 posted on 11/01/2010 6:43:36 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (The Recession is officially over. We are now into Obama's Depression.)
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To: GOP_Lady
Thank God Obama is no FDR or we'd have a competent ideologue in the White House instead of an incompetent one.
8 posted on 11/01/2010 6:47:00 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: BuffaloJack

Obama does not like us.


9 posted on 11/01/2010 7:05:02 PM PDT by tommix2
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To: BuffaloJack

FDR was a socialist and a would-be dictator, except that the system of checks and balances was able to contain him. Nonetheless, he did do a number of things that were necessary to bring the United States into the 20th century (such as putting regulations on the financial sector to prevent another Great Depression).

Obama comes from a rather different mindset than Roosevelt. The latter’s policies were rooted in the paternalistic progressivism of the late 19th and early 20th century. The former’s policies are based on modern college campus Marxism, which teaches that America=bad, white man=bad, and Christianity=bad.

In fact, some of FDR’s beliefs would be heresy to today’s Democrat Party. As an example, he understood that people needed work and did not believe in straight welfare. Of course, it was easier during an era when most Americans were ashamed to accept a welfare check.

And let us not forget that the New Deal really began under Hoover.


10 posted on 11/01/2010 7:34:34 PM PDT by Strk321
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To: GOP_Lady

That cover is pretty ironic, considering that Time founder Henry Luce was a fanatical Republican who hated Roosevelt. If he came back from the dead and saw what his magazine looks like today, he’d probably kill Dick Stengel, Joe Klein, and Joel Stein.


11 posted on 11/01/2010 7:42:14 PM PDT by Strk321
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To: GOP_Lady
...popular enthusiasm for him has gone the way of his famous speeches—lyrical, inspired and unburdened by the weight of concrete thought.

Quote of the week!

12 posted on 11/01/2010 7:52:31 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tommix2

As Rabinowitrz mentions in the article about FDR’s funeral, a mourner was upset about his death and a reporter asked if he knew him.

He said no, he didn’t know FDR. But FDR knew him.

Obama doesn’t know us, but we know him. This is why he is losing.


13 posted on 11/01/2010 10:16:01 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: GOP_Lady

Roosevelt is our greatest President. Obama is not even a shadow of that greatness. He’s looking to be a one termer and not because he’s a Democrat.


14 posted on 11/01/2010 11:34:27 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Yup. The American people trusted him four times with our nation’s highest office. I don’t think people have that regard for Obama. He came in with a lot of goodwill and the hopes of a great country and systemically trashed that and tore the hopes the people had placed in him into shreds. And he deserves to be utterly repudiated for that tonight.


15 posted on 11/01/2010 11:37:46 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Roosevelt is our greatest President.
Please. All other presidents are judged by their first two terms in office; if you judge FDR that way he is the man who failed to prevent WWII and failed to stop - indeed, who added to - the Great Depression.
Before you say that no one could have prevented WWII, realize that Winston Churchill was telling anyone who would listen that Hitler had to be stopped, years and years before WWII. But he wasn't in power, and those who were must bear the shame that they were not as prescient as Churchill.
Compare that two-term performance to that of Ronald Reagan, who got the country going again and whipped inflation (after Carter's stagflation) subdued the energy crisis, and transcended communism. Roosevelt's performance pales in comparison.
FDR's real monument is the 22nd Amendment forbidding presidents to run for a third term. Which only Roosevelt ever did.

16 posted on 11/02/2010 3:40:43 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: goldstategop

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell110210.php3?printer_friendly


17 posted on 11/02/2010 3:56:13 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: LeonardFMason; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; sickoflibs

FDR is underatted in how big a leftist he was. If he had his way on everything we’d have been living Obama’s socialist fantasy long ago.


18 posted on 11/02/2010 4:53:32 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

If he had his way, we’d be North Korea.


19 posted on 11/02/2010 5:00:28 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Birds of a feather.

20 posted on 11/02/2010 5:07:48 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: goldstategop

For all his other faults, at least FDR fought WWII to win.


21 posted on 11/02/2010 6:19:22 AM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: GOP_Lady

Thanks for sharing this. I was almost tempted start my first thread ever here on FR to share this. Excellent writing by the author.

So many very good lines in the article:

” popular enthusiasm for him has gone the way of his famous speeches—lyrical, inspired and unburdened by the weight of concrete thought. “

And this one:

“What’s clear now is that we’ve heard quite enough about the “angry electorate”—a peculiarly reductive view of citizens who’ve managed to read all the signs and detect an administration they were not prepared to live with.”


22 posted on 11/02/2010 6:29:29 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Vote like Obama is on the ballot)
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To: GOP_Lady; TSgt; RnMomof7; Alex Murphy; HarleyD; wmfights; Forest Keeper; the_conscience; ...
This is a GREAT article by Rabinowitz.

"...Nothing wakened their instincts more than the administration's insistence on its health-care bill — its whiff of totalitarian will, its secretiveness, its display of cold assurance that the new president's social agenda trumped everything.

But it was about far more than health-care reform, or joblessness, or the great ideological divide between the president and the rest of the country. It was about an accumulation of facts quietly taken in that told Americans that the man they had sent to the White House had neither the character or the capacity to lead the country..."

Obama is tone deaf. He returns the bust of Churchill, proving D'Souza's complaint that he's an anti-colonialist, and he denigrates the "special relationship" between England and the U.S.

How stupid is he, not to know that Israel and Britain are the 51 and 52 states?

He's toast. Thank God.

23 posted on 11/02/2010 11:44:33 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; xzins; P-Marlowe; RnMomof7; wmfights
There is no doubt that FDR was at least a quasi-socialist who saw the Depression as an opportunity to force aspects of socialism on America. However, though he was misguided, he believed that his policies would strengthen the American economy. On the other hand, Zero is a full-fledged Marxist who is either too stupid to realize that his policies will destroy America's economy or realizes this and is doing it anyway because that's his intent.

Additionally, FDR did understand that America had very real and very dangerous foreign enemies and he was prepared to stand up to those enemies no matter what. FDR understood that world peace REQUIRED American military strength. Zero WANTS America to be weak.

I think, if it's looked at objectively, Zero is far to the left of FDR.

24 posted on 11/02/2010 12:03:08 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: GOP_Lady

These people are delusional! FDR??
This Jackwagon isn’t even Jimmy Carter!

The world would be safer if Jerry Lewis were President.


25 posted on 11/02/2010 12:36:05 PM PDT by CoastWatcher
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To: CoastWatcher

The title is from the dems’ perspective. The article itself is from the conservative’s perspective and it’s great.


26 posted on 11/02/2010 3:08:42 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: wagglebee
Zero is far to the left of FDR

That's what Rabinowitz is saying. It's a great article.

27 posted on 11/02/2010 3:11:00 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Impy

Interesting juxtaposition of Obama with Stalin and Mao. Although there are many dissimilarities (Obama hasn’t managed to slaughter millions...yet), one similarity jumped out immediately—”failed leadership”.


28 posted on 11/02/2010 8:43:51 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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