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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 06:44 PM

Obama Becomes A “Great” President

And Republicans start looking for ways to embrace him. Liberals should be prepared to lose him.

Ben Smith
BuzzFeed Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2013 12:47pm EST

This time about 12 years from now, President Tagg Romney will, with a mixture of exasperation and amusement, begin signing into law an unending series of symbolic measures: The legislation renaming post offices, airports, federal buildings, parks, warships, overseas bases, drone flotillas, and more after the sainted former President Barack Obama.

Obama's partisans would have made a case for his greatness even if he had only been a one-term president: The symbolism of his race; the era-ending slaying of Bin Laden; the sweep of health care legislation; the success in avoiding the abyss of the financial crisis. But there would have been a good case, too, for treating him as an interesting footnote of a president: He cleaned up George W. Bush's messes, but went too far. The Affordable Care Act was a bit of an over-reach, swiftly repealed; the recovery credited to President Romney.

Now we are in Reagan territory, and in the hall of statues in the American imagination that includes, this century, probably only FDR and maybe JFK and Teddy besides. Obama's best interpreter, Andrew Sullivan, made that case last fall: "If Obama wins, to put it bluntly, he will become the Democrats' Reagan. The narrative writes itself. He will emerge as an iconic figure who struggled through a recession and a terrorized world, reshaping the economy within it, passing universal health care, strafing the ranks of al -Qaeda, presiding over a civil-rights revolution, and then enjoying the fruits of the recovery."

Sullivan predicts, "Reagan status (maybe minus the airport-naming)." Actually, Midway, named for the Pacific battle, is pretty much waiting for a presidential name to be attached.



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 06:46 PM

1. I'm sorry if this is off-topic ...

But seeing him so relaxed brings such joy to my heart. (In the viewing stand now...his family has left but he stays on...)

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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 06:47 PM

2. Naming an airport could lead to unfortunate homonymic confusion...

"Where are you going in such a hurry?"

"Obama Airport."

"Bomb a airport? Get on the ground with your hands behind your back."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:58 PM

3. A sad article, but true.

Probably the most depressing part was rereading Obama's thoughts on Reagan, in which he denounced the '60s, when we cut the poverty rate in half, passed two civil rights bills, and put a man on the moon, and praised Reagan and his "me, me, me" revolution.

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