Obama learns to sound like Reagan

By the summer of 1982, Ronald Reagan’s approval ratings were in the low 40s, a bit lower than Barack Obama’s are now. Voters were angry over a deep recession, and many commentators expected that the GOP would lose as many as 50 seats in the House of Representatives.
But Reagan came out swinging, blaming Jimmy Carter’s policies for a bad economy. He claimed he had inherited the “worst economic mess” in decades, further telling voters that “No, we haven’t solved 20 years of problems in our first 20 months in office, but we have made a beginning where others failed to act.”
As a result, the GOP only lost 26 seats that year.
If Obama is to have any chance of preserving a Democratic Congress in a period of unrelenting unemployment, he will have to take a page from the book of Ronald Reagan, the great communicator. Obama is helped by the fact that Americans already blame Bush more for the economy, according to a recent Bloomberg poll.
If his weekly address on Saturday is any indication, the president has finally read that book:

In his Saturday address, Obama rightly blamed Republicans for the fact that out-of-work Americans can no longer rely on unemployment benefits:

Some Republican leaders actually treat this unemployment insurance as if it’s a form of welfare. They say it discourages folks from looking for work. Well, I’ve met a lot of folks looking for work these past few years, and I can tell you, I haven’t met any Americans who would rather have an unemployment check than a meaningful job that lets you provide for your family. And we all have friends, neighbors, or family members who already knows how hard it is to land a job when five workers are competing for every opening.

Now in the past, Presidents and Congresses of both parties have treated unemployment insurance for what it is – an emergency expenditure. That’s because an economic disaster can devastate families and communities just as surely as a flood or tornado.

Suddenly, Republican leaders want to change that. They say we shouldn’t provide unemployment insurance because it costs money. So after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit, including a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, they’ve finally decided to make their stand on the backs of the unemployed. They’ve got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top who don’t need them and didn’t even ask for them; but they object to helping folks laid off in this recession who really do need help. And every day this goes on, another 50,000 Americans lose that badly needed lifeline.

Well, I think these Senators are wrong. We can’t afford to go back to the same misguided policies that led us into this mess. We need to move forward with the policies that are leading us out of this mess.

That could be a winning message.

260 comments Add your comment

Hector

July 19th, 2010
7:36 am

Thats right, blame the party in the minority in the house an senate, makes a hell of a lot of sense.

kayaker 71

July 19th, 2010
7:37 am

Taking a page from the evil Reagan, is he? He is certainly no Ronald Reagan.

Granny Godzilla

July 19th, 2010
7:40 am

Oh heavens that’s just a warm up excersize.

T-Town

July 19th, 2010
7:45 am

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Peadawg

July 19th, 2010
7:47 am

“Thats right, blame the party in the minority in the house an senate, makes a hell of a lot of sense.”

LMAO! No kidding!!!

“We can’t afford to go back to the same misguided policies that led us into this mess.”

Funny thing is that that’s exactly what Obama’s doing with all this spending. No change

Tommy Maddox

July 19th, 2010
7:48 am

When Reagan spoke, he said something. When Obama speaks, he just makes noise.

electrician

July 19th, 2010
8:08 am

unemployment insurance is a good thing,I have family members that have exhausted theirs and still dont have jobs,Seems that when you get downsized and are over 50 that prospects get even slimmer,so while goverment help will buy some groceries its still just a bucket to bail with,if we cant get back some manufacturing work in the US we are just postponing the day it all comes due.On a personal note Ms.T,I hope the air conditioning at 223 is working well now,too bad the family had to split up from 72 mtta. but things are rolling along just fine in gwinnett.

Kamchak

July 19th, 2010
8:08 am

Reagan was a B movie actor that was upstaged by a chimp. While he was able to fool many into believing that he was their deliverer, it was his policy makers that foisted this supply-side, trickle-on alchemy that has ruined this country.

Not exactly a role model I would emulate.

ctucker

July 19th, 2010
8:14 am

Kamchak, Pls read the post. I agree with you about Reagan, but he was “the great communicator.” That’s what Obama should try to emulate

ctucker

July 19th, 2010
8:15 am

electrician, i, too, know people who are unemployed, desperately searching for work and can’t find it. glad things are going well in gwinnett.

Gator Joe

July 19th, 2010
8:16 am

Cynthia,
If President Obama’s achievements are provided a fair airing over the Right Wing/Fox noise and their misinformation/progaganda program, he and the Democrats will do just fine. If not, especially in the
Senate, the Democrats have the perfect strategy, developed and perfected by the Republicans, obstruct and filibuster everthing they put forth. Do they really believe all will be forgotten when they assume control (I can’t say leadership)?

some guy

July 19th, 2010
8:18 am

Obama taking a page from Reagan? That is laughable.

At least as an actor in a previous life Reagan could learn his lines and make a speech and good ones at that. Obama is not capable of making a speech with out his handy teleprompters and even though he is considered a good orator after a while they leave you felling empty like chinese food because they are empty, meaningless, and full of rhetoric. Pry this guy away from a teleprompter and all you get is 40% uhs 40% umms and 20% partisan crap

Peadawg

July 19th, 2010
8:18 am

“f President Obama’s achievements are provided a fair airing over the Right Wing/Fox noise and their misinformation/progaganda program”

LOL, it’s 8:16 and you’re already starting that cheese & whine? You may want to give AA a call….

Pandora

July 19th, 2010
8:21 am

Sounds a lot more like Jimmy Carter to me.

Kamchak

July 19th, 2010
8:24 am

I always read your posts Ms. Tucker. “The Great Communicator” was a snake oil salesman, I expect better from a leader.

BTW—I saw you on Chris Matthews yesterday. How can you sit within arms length of him and resist the urge to backhand him?

meinpvb

July 19th, 2010
8:27 am

Now if we could only get him to act like Reagan. Let’s cut taxes and give the small working (wo)man a reason to expand their business. Let’s cut government down to size and quit spending our kids future earnings. The sad part is Obama is no Reagan and that is what our country needs. As for a majority of people blaming Bush, I’ll give you another poll that says Obama has got to quit the blame game and get to work, and by that I don’t mean expanding more government!!!

Peadawg

July 19th, 2010
8:29 am

“I saw you on Chris Matthews yesterday. How can you sit within arms length of him and resist the urge to backhand him?”

I’d ask the same thing to Chris sitting within arms length of Cynthia.

Stan

July 19th, 2010
8:45 am

To be an effective speaker (or writer) one must first know the topic and second have passion regarding the topic. Bush (Jr) was an effective speaker on issues re: war, Obama is effective at demonizing capitalism.

ctucker

July 19th, 2010
8:47 am

meinpvb, Obama has cut taxes. The stimulus bill contained $282 billion in tax cuts, the largest one-year tax cut in US history. In other words, about 35 percent of the widely-denounced stimulus bill went to tax cuts.

ctucker

July 19th, 2010
8:47 am

Kamchak, I’m fond of Chris

neo-Carlinist

July 19th, 2010
8:47 am

some guy – your insipid observation is why America is in the shape it is. who cares if Obama needs a teleprompter and Reagan was capable of memorizing lines? IF THEY’RE MERELY SCRIPTED LINES IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO IS DOING THE READING. the office of the POTUS is not a Speech 101 class. I tend to agree with Kamchack in that being a “great communicator” is something of a pointless title. Presidents need to be “great leaders” and “great thinkers”. I think the greatest failure of the Obama administration is the fact that like Reagan, he seems more focused on delivering a “message” as opposed to delivering results. I’d hit you with “talk is cheap”, but in the bizarro world of American politics, talk is quite profitable for those doing the talking. I don’t care if Obama was born in Timbuktu, worships Karl Marx, or uses a teleprompter. it’s the policies that matter.

BillieT

July 19th, 2010
8:48 am

Agression is not an antidote for clulessness.
Obama inherited a difficult situation and has worked hard to make it permanent. Can we please hurry up with 2012!

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
8:49 am

Another, day, another ignorant Kamchak blog about the evils of letting people keep their own money that they earned. Somew things never change, I guess.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

July 19th, 2010
8:49 am

Obama = all flash no substance.
Obama = Stylin and profilin.
Obama = Shooting star.

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
8:50 am

“meinpvb, Obama has cut taxes. The stimulus bill contained $282 billion in tax cuts, the largest one-year tax cut in US history. In other words, about 35 percent of the widely-denounced stimulus bill went to tax cuts.”

Cynthia, you don’t really believe that, do you? Ot are you taking about the so-called “tax refunds” that went largely to people who had no federal income tax liability in the first place? LOL.

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
8:55 am

A couple of days ago, Cynthia starts a blog entitled “GOP in the grip of mass insanity, calling for more tax cuts.” Then today, she brags about a supposed $282 billion Obama tax cut. Just proves that you can’t fix stupid!

resno2

July 19th, 2010
8:56 am

Kamchak

“Reagan was a B movie actor that was upstaged by a chimp.”

What would you call obama?

“While he was able to fool many into believing that he was their deliverer…:”

OMG!!!! He is Reagan!

Granny Godzilla

July 19th, 2010
8:57 am

Republispeak – A tax cut is only a tax cut if you are wealthy enough not to need a tax cut.

Big D

July 19th, 2010
8:57 am

When I hear the Obamanator talk I’m reminded of one of those cartoons where the dog is getting chewed out by his owner and all the dog hears is BLAH BLAH BLAH.
This joke of a leader doesn’t know his butt from a box and he has surrounded himself with “yes men” to feed that monster ego instead of real experts, that’s why everything always seems so disconnected from the majority of people who think instead of feel.

Stan

July 19th, 2010
8:58 am

The sad thing is for the down the middle folks to have watched with confusion at the far rights fondness of Cheney. We are now doing the same watching folks and the love for Obama. Big G “God” help us if it gets so bad we think Palin is the answer.

CT- you did great yesterday- it can’t be easy. I am not a fan of Matthews, but I doubt he cares and he actually does a good job moving through topics. Very interesting talk about Jeb.

Kamchak

July 19th, 2010
9:00 am

Another, day, another ignorant Kamchak blog about the evils of letting people keep their own money that they earned.

Please show me where I advocated exactly that.

Big D

July 19th, 2010
9:06 am

Neo,
I agree 100% with your 8:47…experience and past merits should always be the most important factor in the resume of a leader with the responsibility that the POTUS has on his watch. I can produce a thousand used car salesmen who can sell you just as good as Obama, but they could never understand the scope of work necessary to have this position.

Call IT

July 19th, 2010
9:08 am

Barry will NEVER be Regan!

Regan was not as Socialist!

Enough Said!

Kamchak

July 19th, 2010
9:13 am

Barry will NEVER be Regan!

Well…that is my hope.

Oh, and:

Socialist—SQUIRREL!

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
9:14 am

A $282 billion tax cut is roughly $1,000 for every man, woman and child in this country. So I guess my family of three must have about $3,000 coming. Cynthia, can you ask Barack if my check is in the mail? LOL.

Cynthia, why don’t you provide some details of this “tax cut”?

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
9:15 am

And once again, Kamchak belittles anyone who dares use the word “socialist”, as opposed to actually offering any logic or reasoning to support his assertion that Barack is not a socialist.

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
9:17 am

Kamchak, Barack’s new health care czar is on recors as saying that any fair and decent health care plan is by definition a re-distribution of wealth. Can you explain to us the difference between a massive re-distribution of wealth and socialism? Thanks in advance.

Kamchak

July 19th, 2010
9:18 am

And once again, Kamchak belittles anyone who dares use the word “socialist”, as opposed to actually offering any logic or reasoning to support his assertion that Barack is not a socialist.

The true meaning of words such as socialist, Marxist, communist, and fascist is irrelevant. These are now code words for fear

Call it like it is.

July 19th, 2010
9:19 am

Well Cindy, I knew Ronald Regan, and Obama is no Ronald Regan.

Kamchak

July 19th, 2010
9:21 am

Can you explain to us the difference between a massive re-distribution of wealth and socialism?

I’s still waiting for you to show me where I advocated “the evils of letting people keep their own money that they earned,” sport.

Sam (The Cool 1 )

July 19th, 2010
9:25 am

At least he is not trying to sound like the The Cisco Kid.

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
9:27 am

“The true meaning of words such as socialist, Marxist, communist, and fascist is irrelevant. These are now code words for fear”…and ONCE AGAIN, Kamchak refuses to answer the question.

“I’s still waiting for you to show me where I advocated “the evils of letting people keep their own money that they earned,” sport.”…if I have mis-interpreted your comments about taxation, why don’t you tell us if you think the top marginal rate on high income earners should be higher or lower than current? Thanks in advance.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 19th, 2010
9:27 am

As a small business owner (employing around 20 people) I have seen no evidence of tax cuts. When the obamacare fiasco takes hold my cost of doing business will increase. What will I do then ?, I will lay off employees. That is the change. Hope ya’ll enjoy it. Remember in November. We are not France, we will fight for our freedoms.

neo-Carlinist

July 19th, 2010
9:28 am

Big D, if Obama is in fact, “a joke” nobody is laughing. BOTH Reagan and Obama are “snake oil salesmen”, they’re just selling different brands of snake oil to an electorate that really doesn’t need snake oil. that’s the real joke and the only people laughing are the folks at Snake Oil, Inc. Americans need to get beyond the “my guy is a better communicator than your guy” stuff. politics is not UGA – Tech or Alabama – Auburn. it’s not “less filling or tastes great”. we all have a stake in this, and yet we bicker and “blame” like children on a playground. your votes and your opinions and your questions about birth certifcates and middles schools in Indonesia don’t matter. can’t you people see this? you know, you have to laugh at the whole Rahm Emmanuel “never let a good crisis go to waste” mantra. it reduces our futures to some pro wrestling match where there is a “face” and a “heel” and the promoters don’t care which wrestlers assumes which role, because he’s making cash via the box office and at pay-per-view. if you folks are entertained by this charade, or if it makes you feel morally or ethically (or spiritually) satisfied to know that “Obama (or W) is a joke, but I didn’t vote for him” I guess we’ll continue to have business as usual.

I Report/You Decide

July 19th, 2010
9:28 am

“The true meaning of words such as socialist, Marxist, communist, and fascist is irrelevant. These are now code words for fear”

So in your mind, little Kammie, no one can criticize or debate the pros and cons of socilaism, because it is all bout nothing but fear? LOL…truly you are an intellectual giant.

Dave

July 19th, 2010
9:29 am

I don’t think it’ll matter who he sounds like…

Dems Start to Panic as Reality of Midterm Woes Sets In

“Under pressure, the Democrats are cracking. On both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a realization that Nancy Pelosi’s hold on the speakership is in true jeopardy; that losing control of the Senate is not out of the question; and that time, once the Democrats’ best friend, is now their mortal enemy. Since January, when Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat, the President’s party has tried to downplay in public what its pollsters have been saying in private: that Obama’s alienation of independents and white voters, along with the enthusiasm gap between the right and the left, means that Republicans are on a trajectory to pick up massive numbers of House and Senate seats, perhaps even to regain control of Congress.”

http:// www. time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2004646,00.html

Kamchak

July 19th, 2010
9:30 am

“I’s still waiting for you to show me where I advocated “the evils of letting people keep their own money that they earned,” sport.”…if I have mis-interpreted your comments about taxation, why don’t you tell us if you think the top marginal rate on high income earners should be higher or lower than current? Thanks in advance.

And ONCE AGAIN, mystery meat refuses to answer the question.

Williebkind

July 19th, 2010
9:31 am

It is just over a 100 days until election day in November. Are you progressive liberals compiling your list of dead people who will somehow vote this year. With election victories leaning toward the conservative side, what groups (like acorn) will suddenly appear with ballots and registration forms in hand. Of course all forms must be in duplicate one in English and the other in spanish. You know forged documents are accepted by the DNC. Comparing Barrack to Ronald is simply disgusting.

resno2

July 19th, 2010
9:31 am

Nancy Pelosi’s hold on reality has always been in true jeopardy

Big D

July 19th, 2010
9:36 am

Neo, again I agree, but as a good “snake oil” salesman as he was Ronald Reagan had actually had a lot of experience running the state of California after he left the acting business. The “Joke” has done neither.