I’m sure that young Barry Obama, circa 1982, and all his lefty buddies would have had a good laugh if they looked into a crystal ball and seen this:
Interesting, considering that Obama’s biography lends a glimpse of Obama’s political proclivities during the Reagan years. He wasn’t exactly a supporter. Let’s put is this way, he probably would have hand-carried Teddy Kennedy’s sneaky, treasonous, back-stabbing suck-up to Moscow personally if he could have. Here’s what he wrote about those years:
To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students.The foreign students.The Chicanos.The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night,in the dorms,we discussed neocolonialism,Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy.When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake,we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints.We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure.We were alienated.
Something tells me he wasn’t going around cheer-leading for “morning in America.” I think it’s a safe bet that he was doing everything he could to submarine Reagan’s efforts to roll back big government and make the world a safer place. Of course, now that history has resoundingly vindicated Reagan — and unfortunately Ronaldus Magnus isn’t around to set the record straight — Obama is more than happy to pilfer freely from his hard-fought success. Of course, this is nothing new. Reagan’s memory is hi-jacked all the time by the same fawning leftists who did nothing but oppose him while he was in office. So why shouldn’t Obama? I’m just surprised he hasn’t taken to calling him Uncle Ronnie. Yet anyway.
Would Reagan have reciprocated all this love? Aaron Goldstein at the American Spectator doesn’t think so:
If Reagan were alive and kicking he would have opposed Obama’s approach to national security with every fiber of his being.
Here is more from Goldstein:
Obama admires Reagan only in the sense that he aspires to be to progressives what Reagan is to conservatives. But given Obama’s disdain for Reagan’s policies, I have a bit of a hard time believing when he praises Reagan for his ability “to work with leaders of all political persuasions to advance the cause of freedom, democracy and security around the world, including reducing nuclear weapons and imagining a world, ultimately, without nuclear weapons.”
After all, let us remember the issue of nuclear disarmament is what drove Obama’s passion that when he studied at Columbia University in the early 1980s. Indeed, in March 1983 Obama penned an article on the subject for Sundial, a campus magazine in which he expressed support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty “as a powerful first step towards a nuclear free world.” So are we to believe Obama thought highly of Reagan’s ability to work with world leaders during his administration’s arms buildup of the early ’80s? It’s difficult to contemplate Obama viewing Reagan’s “we win, they lose” approach towards the USSR as anything but simplistic and jingoistic. We can only imagine what Obama thought when Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” Or how about when Reagan refused to give up the Strategic Defense Initiative when Mikhail Gorbachev offered to eliminate nuclear weapons? I am certain Obama would have gone, well, ballistic. Of course, there is certainly nothing Reaganesque about the new START Treaty with Russia. If Reagan were alive and kicking he would have opposed Obama’s approach to national security with every fiber of his being.