Skip to comments.Eugene Robinson: Obama’s transformational presidency -- The most consequential since Reagan
Posted on 05/09/2014 1:32:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Is it safe to say that Barack Obamas presidency will be remembered as the most consequential since Ronald Reagans a presidency that changed the trajectory of America and put us on a fundamentally different path?
That was the audacious goal Obama set for himself during his 2008 campaign. Now is a useful time to assess his progress because the sixth year of any presidents tenure tends to be seen as a low point. Familiarity breeds impatience and frustration among commentators, at least, whose narrow focus on which party is perceived as winning the day or the week misses the bigger picture.
In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come.
Reagans great achievement at home was to shift the political spectrum to the right. People tend to forget how radical his ideas once seemed. Tax cuts and massive deregulation were somehow going to produce more revenue? Wealth would inevitably trickle down and benefit the middle class and even the poor? It was not a Democrat but a fellow Republican, George H.W. Bush, who mocked the whole concept as voodoo economics.
Thats what Id still call Reagans program, but he altered the political debate to such an extent that what once were fringe ideas came to be seen as centrist. By the time Obama took office, the combination of Reaganite policies taken to extremes the Gipper might never have contemplated and globalization had produced a nation where the rich were becoming obscenely rich and everyone else was struggling to tread water.
Obamas impact has been to bring the words fairness and equality back into the political lexicon.
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If you mean he’s the anti-Reagan, I tend to agree.
Yes, indeed. Obama’s presidency will have the most consequences since the Reagan presidency.
More like what appears now to be an irreversible downward spiral.
calling what obozo is doing a “presidency” is like calling al capone’s gang a charitable organization.
An imaginative article. Fanciful. Fictional.
O has damaged the US beyond repair.
Yup. The Obama reign has certainly directed America's trajectory right towards the dumpster.
But the majority of Americans voted for him (probably ... maybe), so can't say that the trajectory is undeserved.
Eugenie on kneepads . . again
transformational to the extent that he deserves the just reward for high treason
Obama has pushed us into the event horizon of an economic collapse.
I know the rain falls on the wicked and the righteous,
but I can’t help but hope and pray that those who precipitated this nightmare suffer more for it.
Robinson is Black. Obama is Black. It matters not what Obama does, Robinson will support Obama simply because of Robinson’s allegiance to skin color.
Yes, and few lightening bolts mixed in to get their attention would also be appreciated...
Imagine the hell on earth that would occur if all the Christians suddenly vanished...
no one shows up to work, no one pays bills, utilities, taxes, mortgages, buys food or consumer items...
Eugene, I wouldn’t define the de-railing the United States’ economic & political systems as “putting the nation on a different path”. That’s Saturday Night Live material you’re peddling.
If Obama told him to eat the corn from his excrement, his only question would be: "Thank you my lord and master, but why can't I just eat all of it?"