Sunday, March 14, 2010

Obama and other US Presidents

For US Presidents that share things with Barack Obama, we have to first look at George Herbert Walker Bush (41). He made a pledge by telling people to read his lips, "No new taxes." Obama told the American public "I can make a firm pledge," he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." He apparantly will break this pledge just as Bush 41 did.

But probably the person he is most compared to is Jimmy Carter. Carter was the one term president who like Obama talked about rejecting the old politics, attacking special interests and lobbyists, wearing his Christian ideals on his sleeve. All of that is very much Carteresque in many ways.

Of course at this point in his presidency, Jimmy Carter was much more popular than BHO. After one year in office, Carter's approval rating was 57% to 27% disapproval while Obama's 49% approval and 46% disapproval. And this disapproval has continued to climb.

Having held on to most of the war on terror tactics that G.W. Bush (43) instituted, I won't compare him to Bush, but he is looking more and more like LBJ. LBJ tried to have both guns and butter, but it eventually drove him out of the race in 1968. Obama is spending so much money both on the war and on domestic spending that the American people are saying stop.

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