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Obama Mimicking Nixon

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 23, 2012

This Blog has previously proffered the view that President Barack Obama shows similarities to some rather distasteful characteristics of President Richard Nixon.  This subject was included a posting dated October 26, 2010 titled Obama, Like Nixon, Calls Political Opponents “Enemies.  This past weekend, columnist Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe wrote a piece with the same conclusion.

Jacoby reminds us that during 1968 presidential campaign, Nixon used a slogan “Bring us Together“.  After being elected, Nixon showed a darker side that included using VP Spiro Agnew as his attack dog, dirty tricks, plumbers, and similar to Obama, had an enemies list.

Barack Obama campaigned on the promise of bringing red and blue states together and to take us to a post-racial society.  His eloquent words included: “Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”  Like Nixon, these words were hollow.  When it comes to race, class, party affiliation and more, Obama has broken Americans into opposing subsets.  Jacoby points to examples that include the following Obamaisms:

  • Let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance” referring to Republican proposals.
  • Punish our enemies and … reward our friends” in and Obama speech to Latino voters.
  • I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth“, stoking the flames of class warfare.

Obama supporters can claim many things about the President they elected.  Two attributes they cannot claim are unifier or bipartisanship.

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