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Time Mag: Obama Hearts Reagan

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By Doug Powers  •  January 27, 2011 04:23 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

After Obama won the election in 2008, Time Magazine, noticing that “New Deal II: This Time It’s Personal” was about to be released nationally, rode the wave:

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What a difference two years, some horrendously expensive spending (sorry: “targeted investment”) shams and pork orgies accompanied by the inevitable high unemployment, a sputtering economy and a $14 trillion-and-rising-fast debt can make.

The cover of an upcoming issue — for which a better title would be “Extreme Makeover: Presidential Edition” — does a complete 180:

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I haven’t seen such a forced, phony and laughable media stunt since the Liza Minnelli/David Gest marriage.

Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters catches the meaning of the shift from FDR to Reagan:

The bigger point is how the cover reflects the realization by some the more sentient precincts of the liberal media that Obama’s big government project has failed.

Here’s a quick comparison of the two men, just so we can see the similarities that naturally draw Obama to Reagan:

Reagan: “A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny.”

Obama: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States.”

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Reagan: “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

Obama: “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus—and non-believers.”

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Reagan: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Obama: “It is only government that can break the vicious cycle where lost jobs lead to people spending less money which leads to even more layoffs.”

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Reagan: “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”

Obama: “Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century. And as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act.

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Uncanny resemblance. No wonder Obama hearts Reagan so much.

(h/t Newsbusters)

**Written by Doug Powers

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