Krauthammer: Obama Has Always Had the Ambition To Be the Anti-Reagan
BREAM: "So looking at it in that context, do you think it's a fair comparison, Charles?"
KRAUTHAMMER: "No. I think this is a guy who's had a good week, and he's shown us as having nothing at all to do with him, but is now a little bit cocky about it and wants to write his own history. Churchill once said 'History will be kind to me, I intend to write it.' What Obama is doing now, he's trying to write it. Look, he has always had the ambition of being the anti-Reagan. He talked about it. In 2008 he said Ronald Reagan was historically consequential in a way that a Nixon and a Clinton was not. Meaning that Reagan changed the ideological trajectory of America after 50 years of liberalism -- within ten minutes Reagan declares the government is not the solution, government is the problem, which is a denial of the fundamental tenets of the new deal. But the reason that Reaganism became ascendant for 30 years -- and the reason Obama sees himself as the man to undo it -- is because Reaganism succeeded. It is true that Obama has changed America. ObamaCare in and of itself is the most consequential piece of legislation in a generation. But if it doesn't succeed, if it fails, if it turns out to be a disaster, that will be the end of Obamaism. It has to succeed. It has to have a successor in Hillary and it has to actually work. So we don't know.But this has been his aspiration and now he wants to crow about it."