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Which Former President Does Barack Obama Most Resemble?
Pajamas Media ^ | 06/15/2012 | Roger Simon

Posted on 06/15/2012 6:34:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Now that we are deep into a presidential election year that promises to be a referendum on the direction of our nation, possibly even of the world, it seems appropriate to examine similarities between our current president and past presidents to see what that reveals.

Which former president most closely resembles Barack Obama? I have my theory. You may feel differently. Whoever the choice may be, the discussion of the subject may tell us important things about what we should be looking for in leadership.

The conventional wisdom, especially on the right, is that of all past presidents Barack Obama most closely resembles Jimmy Carter. Both men, after all, presided over parlous economic times and chose ultra-typical liberal solutions that did not work, apparently worsening the situation and leading to, in Carter’s own term, national “malaise.” Both men also had to deal with serious challenges from Iran and did so, to say the least, ineffectually.

So the case for Carter — who, as we all know, was not reelected — is strong. But I have another candidate, one who to me resembles Barack Obama more, especially in personality and style.

His name is Richard Nixon.

Now I realize the comparison is unfair to Nixon who, other than Watergate of course, was a pretty decent president. He and his cohort Henry Kissinger opened Red China and effectively changed history by triangulating the Soviet Union. What those two men did helped lead to the diminution of Maoism as well and probably saved a huge number of lives.

Tricky Dick also ratified the first, and ultimately most significant, U. S. environmental legislation, the kind that actually had a positive effect on the air and water, as opposed to the destructive self-regarding nonsense we have today.

Unfortunately, Nixon, for all his political brilliance, was an overly suspicious, many have even said paranoid, man.

And therein lies the similarity to Barack Obama. Call Obama “Nixon lite.”

From the very beginning Obama gave hints of Nixonian traits, but now, with his presidency crumbling around him, the global economy in freefall, and his signature healthcare legislation loved only by members of his immediate family (and even they have probably not read it), he is approaching the apotheosis of Nixonianism – sweaty brows, furtive looks, and a generally solitary and paranoid style.

Even the normally sympathetic Vanity Fair has portrayed him as an isolated man — one who has isolated himself. Is that not Nixon?

And his attorney general, Eric Holder, is being quintessentially Nixonian, repeatedly prevaricating in front of Congress on the “Fast & Furious” scandal. As with Nixon, it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.

Although I admit the tone of this article is to some degree sarcastic, unlike Bill Maher, I take little pleasure in biting sarcasm toward my political adversaries. The condition of country is not good, worse, in fact, than it was even under Carter and certainly under Nixon.

The mainstream media, as again we all know, never examined Obama the man when he first ran for office, although there were many markers available to them. They received him instead with a swoon, the exact opposite manner from which they received Nixon back in the day.

But the American public deserves better than incompetents like Carter and paranoids like Nixon. They deserve grown-ups, perhaps devoid of flash and charisma, but competent enough to do the job. Maybe we need a new Calvin Coolidge.

If you don’t think my comparison is apt, let me know. I know it’s not perfect — history may repeat itself, but never identically — but it’s the best I could do at the moment. Have at me.


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1 posted on 06/15/2012 6:34:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The first former President that Obama resembles which came my mind was Robert Mugabe.


2 posted on 06/15/2012 6:36:27 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heinrich Himmler, without Himmler’s warmth and humility.


3 posted on 06/15/2012 6:37:42 AM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a tossup for me....Carter....Mugabe....Mao.


4 posted on 06/15/2012 6:38:36 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Personal Responsibility

RE: The first former President that Obama resembles which came my mind was Robert Mugabe.

Robert Mugabe is NOT a former president. He STILL IS the President of Zimbabwe.


5 posted on 06/15/2012 6:41:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
I can agree with the paranoid element. However, I wouldn't say that Nixon was a narcissist, which is what Obama is.
6 posted on 06/15/2012 6:41:51 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: Personal Responsibility
The first former President that Obama resembles which came my mind was Robert Mugabe.

Former? Comrade Mugabe is well into his tenth term as President,having won the hearts of so many of his fellow countrymen (and having "silenced" so many of his opponents).

7 posted on 06/15/2012 6:42:34 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: SeekAndFind
When the devil made Obama he threw away the mold..No one in this country was ever like this communist moron..Not even Clinton the molester...
8 posted on 06/15/2012 6:43:17 AM PDT by PLD
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To: SeekAndFind

1...2...what come after 2? Five!

It’s an insult to ALL previous US Presidents to suggest that Obama resembles any of them. However, he DOES resemble another former President...

Idi, Idi, Idi Amin
Most amazin’ man, that’s even been
He be General, de President, de king of the scene
Idi, Idi, Idi Amin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFeJJAQPiK4


9 posted on 06/15/2012 6:44:06 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: SeekAndFind

10 posted on 06/15/2012 6:44:29 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan AND this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson


11 posted on 06/15/2012 6:45:29 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hugo Chavez


12 posted on 06/15/2012 6:45:48 AM PDT by kempster
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To: SeekAndFind

William Henry Harrison. He talked for four hours in a cold driving rain after his inauguration, contracted pneumonia, and died thirty days later. Obama is all talk and has contracted a disease that is killing America.


13 posted on 06/15/2012 6:46:29 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Roosevelt and he’s surrounded by as many communists as Roosevelt was


14 posted on 06/15/2012 6:47:26 AM PDT by capt B
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To: Personal Responsibility

Not only is dictator Mugabe alive and well, he has been offered an additional honor by that august world body, the UN: Robert Mugabe asked to be UN ‘leader for tourism’
see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/29/robert-mugabe-un-international-envoy-tourism


15 posted on 06/15/2012 6:48:15 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: SeekAndFind

16 posted on 06/15/2012 6:48:15 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

Idi Amin ?


17 posted on 06/15/2012 6:49:03 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: SeekAndFind
RE: The first former President that Obama resembles which came my mind was Robert Mugabe. Robert Mugabe is NOT a former president. He STILL IS the President of Zimbabwe.

I think he was hoping that both would be former presidents.

P.S. I think it is still hilarious that FR Spell Checker can recognize "Mugabe" but has no clue who "Obama" is.

18 posted on 06/15/2012 6:49:10 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: SeekAndFind

Resting the thesis only on personal psychology is weak.

When we KNOW Obama is a brainwashed-from-birth ideologue.

He has been called everything but the name fitting best imo is STATIST.

So when he creates bogey men, enemies lists, etc., he is doing what statists do.

And we know, he now sees that America will not go gently into that dark night of statism, so as a means to an end he employs what some call Nixonian tactics but in reality are despotic ones.

Is he psychologically twisted? Sure. But so are most despots. But the key is their despotic ideology, not their psyches.


19 posted on 06/15/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Oh look! It’s Tiger Woods!


20 posted on 06/15/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT by PT57A
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To: PT57A
Oh look! It’s Tiger Woods!

Yes, some interesting parallels there too ....


21 posted on 06/15/2012 7:00:33 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind
Which Former President Does Barack Obama Most Resemble?

Jefferson Davis.

22 posted on 06/15/2012 7:01:18 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: SeekAndFind

dishonest abe and chester arthur...


23 posted on 06/15/2012 7:03:04 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would say he is a blending of Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and LBJ.


24 posted on 06/15/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: SeekAndFind

Does a steaming pile left by LBJ count?


25 posted on 06/15/2012 7:18:00 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: SeekAndFind
A Wilson/Carter amalgam.
Possesing the very worst qualities of both.
26 posted on 06/15/2012 7:29:26 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: SeekAndFind

Moussolini/Chavez/Stalin/Islamic hybrid


27 posted on 06/15/2012 7:29:37 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Alfred E. Newman...:)

CA....


28 posted on 06/15/2012 7:36:47 AM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: Psalm 73
You rang?
29 posted on 06/15/2012 7:36:56 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind
This brings to mind another question:

Which Former President Does Romney Most Resemble?

30 posted on 06/15/2012 7:40:51 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Vigilanteman
No, it can't be James Buchanan, because Buchanan was probably homosexual.

Oh, wait...!

31 posted on 06/15/2012 7:51:15 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: SeekAndFind
a silly/dumb premise...
Nixon loved our country...
Nixon knew our history
Nixon was responsible (he resigned)
Nixon was in the military (WWII)
Nixon loved his wife; Pat.
(not as a beard, to hide his own aberrant behavior)

...take it from there.. (add if you wish)

32 posted on 06/15/2012 7:59:04 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: SeekAndFind

again, chester arthur and dishonest abe...beyond that there can be/is no resemblance...

Semper Trvth!
*****


33 posted on 06/15/2012 8:02:25 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hitler. I am not kidding.


34 posted on 06/15/2012 8:40:31 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty (My Governor's a JEDI, Wisconsin for the WIN ! June 5, 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hugo Chavez......but he’s not former, yet.


35 posted on 06/15/2012 4:50:12 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hugo Chavez......but he’s not former, yet.


36 posted on 06/15/2012 4:50:12 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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