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WP Finds ‘Historians’ To Praise Obama

From the ever objective and unbiased Washington Post:

What Historians Say

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We surveyed an assortment of presidential historians, who arrived at the same conclusion: President Obama, in both the scope of his legislative achievements and the groundwork he has set for future policy changes, has done more in his first 100 days in the White House than any commander in chief since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who entered office in 1933 amid the throes of the nation’s last major economic upheaval. Here are selected quotations from historians and other observers.

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL "I think he’s the global president. People all over the world just want to shake his hand, they want to have a photo op with him. There’s a sense that he’s a historic figure, not just a one-termer. . . . His mettle hasn’t really been tested in foreign affairs yet, but he’s created a foundation with which to work with other countries in the world quite well."

— Douglas Brinkley, historian at Rice University and editor of President Ronald Reagan’s White House diaries

QUICK SUCCESS "History will judge that he has been astonishingly successful in his first 100 days. The stimulus package helped push major investment in education and health care and seems to have stemmed the collapse of our economy. His push for education reform is going to have a lasting impact on America’s education system. The ability to open up and deal directly with adversaries around the world transforms the way we conduct foreign policy and could lead to important breakthroughs, whether in Cuba or Iran. And he has set a tone that is both open yet also persistent in pursuing his goals."

— Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute and author of biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger

TOO EARLY TO TELL "He’s done well, but in a lot of areas you just can’t tell. . . . On the most important issue facing the country today, which is not just the economy but the banks and how to deal with the banking crisis and the credit crisis, I think we’re still a long way from knowing how that will play itself out."

— Sean Wilentz, historian at Princeton University and author of "The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008"

FAST START "When you look at the Roosevelt administration, Roosevelt moved very quickly, too, to try to set the country back on economic footing. My sense is that Barack Obama has moved as quickly or more quickly as anybody in American history, given the crises he has confronted."

— Ronald Walters, historian and director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland

AMBITIOUS "There is a mixture of boldness and measuredness [sic] about his performance. He’s asking for the sun, the moon and the stars. . . . It’s enormously ambitious in many ways, and that makes you think back to the last real economic-disaster presidency, which was Franklin D. Roosevelt."

— Fred I. Greenstein, historian at Princeton University and author of "The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style From FDR to George W. Bush"

NEW IDEAS "Across the board, he has signaled a willingness to rethink even deeply entrenched policies. There is a freshness and openness about this administration that is very engaging. If you just look at what happened with Cuba this week in terms of how many American presidents have been frozen in fear on the subject of Cuba, and then suddenly Obama is able to suggest a thaw and a rethinking of our policy toward Cuba and a relaxation of our attitude. . . . I think that he’s been very fearless and not bound by old orthodoxies. I think that the speed with which he changed the policy on stem cell research shows how open he is to new ideas."

— Ron Chernow, historian and author of biographies of Alexander Hamilton and John D. Rockefeller

EASY MANNER "I think we’ve learned important things about him. When he’s made a misstep, as he did with [Thomas A.] Daschle, he took the responsibility for it, which means you learn what went wrong so you don’t do it again. He’s trying to figure out many ways of communicating with the country, because that’s his ultimate strength. We’ve learned that he knows how to relax and enjoy himself and really figure out ways to replenish his energies, whether it’s making sure that his schedule fits his needs by making time for his children at breakfast, going out to dinners with his wife in Washington, the basketball bracket."

— Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln"

OUTREACH "I’d give him an A for effort and a B for effectiveness. He’s had a difficult time working both sides of the aisle. He’s tried to reach out to the opposition, not with a great deal of success. He hasn’t been quite as successful and effective as I would like to see, but even with that I give him a great deal of credit for the effort he’s made and his willingness to reach across the aisle and not be partisan in everything."

— Edna Greene Medford, historian at Howard University who specializes in 19th-century African American history

What a distinguished list of historians.

We have the John Kerry stooge and liar, Douglas Brinkley, and the well-known Democrat stooge and plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin. Oh, and the director of an African-American Leadership Center.

Still, there was one accurate observation, no matter how inadvertent:

It’s enormously ambitious in many ways, and that makes you think back to the last real economic-disaster presidency, which was Franklin D. Roosevelt."

There can be no doubt that Mr. Obama is a real economic-disaster President.

And you have to appreciate their sense of humor:

When he’s made a misstep, as he did with [Thomas A.] Daschle, he took the responsibility for it, which means you learn what went wrong so you don’t do it again.

No, he never made the mistake of not properly vetting a nominee again.

And then there is this knee-slapper:

He’s had a difficult time working both sides of the aisle… I give him a great deal of credit for the effort he’s made and his willingness to reach across the aisle and not be partisan in everything."

Yes, “I won” has been nothing if not eager to reach across the aisle.

It’s all very hilarious, until you remember that these buffoons are teaching indoctrinating our children.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “WP Finds ‘Historians’ To Praise Obama”

  1. curvyred says:

    I am sure they “lost” the ones who were not in agreement.

    • proreason says:

      Bad news for ya, curvy……the percentage of conservative historiians approaches zero. If you threw 19 poison darts in a random group of 20 historians, the last person standing would be a Marxist.

      The takeover of the education system is why nobody under 30 is concerned in any way about Socialism. They have been taught for twelve to twenty years that it is good, and the capitalism is the enemy.

  2. Odie44 says:

    When so-called historians and experts are rolled out to make such ridiculous claims – we know exactly how badly this Horror in Chief is performing.

    It’s like when someone tells you how smart they are – yet cannot for the life of them “prove” it through actions.

    My old company hired a dope consultant, he said to everyone one day “you can’t disagree with what I said, because its logical and you can’t argue aganist logic”

    I responded “Do you mean formal, or informal, or symbolic, or propositional, or predicate logic?”

    His response “you think too much and don’t have to make this difficult”…

  3. Gila Monster says:

    Actually SG, this could have been the third installment of your series on the “Audacity Of Our Media’s Sycophancy”. Humorous, yet sickening at the same time.

    With each passing week, I become more convinced the Messiah’s minions have somehow tampered with our Nation’s water supplies. Kool-Ade consumption is evidently rampant.

    • Steve says:

      “Actually SG, this could have been the third installment of your series on the “Audacity Of Our Media’s Sycophancy”. Humorous, yet sickening at the same time.”

      The sad truth is almost every story from our media masters could be.

  4. ajblock7 says:

    I just saw an amazing timeline of Obama’s first 100 days at http://www.flypmedia.com/issues/28/#1/1

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m wondering how much of the o-blah-blah spending went to this gloating batch of nitwits; as well as how many WhiteHouse parties they’ve been to.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    Here’s some doting figures from an AOL poll (which typically is very left) ..

    How do you rate President Barack Obama’s first 100 days?
    Poor 45%
    Excellent 28%
    Good 15%
    Fair 12%

    Total Votes: 8,073

    Which grade would you give Obama for his first 100 days?
    A 27%
    F 25%
    D 19%
    B 16%
    C 13%

    Total Votes: 57,934

    Seems not so very good .. :-( Poor, poor misled o-blah-blah

    • proreason says:

      It’s interesting. There was an MSNBC online poll a few weeks back that had even more anti-Obama results, with something like a million votes.

      You would expect such polls to be dominated by ultra-libwits kook nutjobs, yet the results are against the smartest man who has ever lived.

      It could be because The Moron hasn’t been extreme enough. After all, he hasn’t actually executed any Bush officials yet, and it’s already 100 days.

      But it could also mean that the msm is being even more manipulative in their polling than we think.

  7. Celina says:

    Speaking of indoctrination. **’Fair warning: this might be TMI to some.** Planned Parenthood came to speak at my daughter’s school yesterday. I knew ahead of time and the topics they were supposed to discuss where puberty and anatomy (this is for an 8th grade health course). The presenter mostly kept to that those topics but peppered it with a “doesn’t it make sense to use a condom to prevent infection in this case?” here and there. AND tomorrow’s discussion is supposed to be entirely on the subject of contraception.
    Although we are Catholic, I have no problem at all with my daughter knowing about hormonal or barrier contraception, we have had the discussion before. However, given the incomplete information this presenter gave on anatomy (and downright dangerous advice she gave to boys about fully retracting their foreskins which would be dangerous for boys who are not yet fully retractable though it is normal to be that way at this age) and Planned Parenthood’s longstanding tradition to usurp the rights of parents to guide their children through life decisions, I DO NOT trust this organization to teach my child the proper care and feeding of a hamster, let alone the care and keeping of their own bodies.

    Aside from that, the permission slip for this event did not state that PP was going to address contraception but puberty and anatomy only (though I would think that a health teacher should be able to teach those subjects, why would she need PP to come in and do what should be her job). That is the permission slip I signed. It said nothing about PP making a presentation on what they make a monster profit off of selling.

    Sorry for the rant.

  8. The Redneck says:

    If you just look at what happened with Cuba this week in terms of how many American presidents have been frozen in fear on the subject of Cuba, and then suddenly Obama is able to suggest a thaw and a rethinking of our policy toward Cuba and a relaxation of our attitude. . . . I think that he’s been very fearless and not bound by old orthodoxies. I think that the speed with which he changed the policy on stem cell research shows how open he is to new ideas

    This says it all, right here. Obama is a great president because he’s a liberal president. Legitimizing the dictators in Cuba and using taxpayer money to fund useless fetal stem-cell research aren’t new in the slightest, but suddenly, for following the same trite, failed cliches liberalism’s always used, Obama is new, bold, open to new ideas, and thinking outside the box.

  9. Anonymoose says:

    As I recall under Bush the creation of Homeland Security was the biggest reshuffling of the government structure since 1947. Almost like none of that happened today, is it?

    I also don’t really feel passing a stimulus bill that had large parts of it already written in a Congress that is Democrat and already “in the hole” to be some fantastic achievement, but I guess the common folk will think it was all the product of Obama’s noggin.

    The same with his foreign policy, saying “I’m sorry” everywhere he goes isn’t going to make our enemies suddenly like us or even respect us. Just like Castro and Chevaz have shown, as soon as he leaves the backstabbing starts.

    I’m really more concerned about 2010. The Dems and their money backers have gone over and over the missteps Clinton made that cost him Congress in 1994, hence the reason we haven’t heard about the assault weapons ban coming back (yet) or some of the other shenanigans they have in the closet. But just wait, one way or another after the next elections the real grief will start.

    I’d like to think that Obama will get so overexposed that the average I-voted-because-he-wasn’t-Bush person will start to wake up and begin questioning things, but I feel all they’ll do is change the channel.

  10. Liberals Demise says:

    The paper used by these great historians will make great toilet paper when obama is immortalized!!
    BlackBarry da Pirate hasn’t done anything yet for all these accolades but the butt smooching continues on the left!!

  11. Sharps Rifle says:

    What? They couldn’t get Howard Zinn? He’d be having an Obamagasm over Hussein’s hundred…commie, and all that…

  12. bobbymike says:

    Historians are not very smart is all this proves. Walter Issackson……the stimulas investment in health and education has prevented economic collapse. Wow all those – now that Obama is in office – really smart first graders are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Wait he may be onto something. Anybody see “short” people entering Treasury? “I say we spend a TWILLION DOLLHAIRS MR Geihtner”, “Thanks Susie I’ll take that recommendation to the President!”

  13. proreason says:

    I was actually a history major in college. Tried to be an EE first, but it was too hard for my taste. You actually had to learn new things and answer questions that had right and wrong answers.

    So I switched to the easiest major I could think of.

    As a history major, you skim some books, listen a bit to where the pompous professor is coming from, and then regurgitate what he wants to hear in essays, throwing in a king and date or two to make him think you paid attention. But all he really cares about is that you adore his opinion. My grades went from C’s to A’s instantly.

    I could have got the degree when I was 11 years old. Nowadays, 9 might be old enough.

    Of course, now that I think about it, nowadays I would go for “journalism”. That way, I wouldn’t have to learn any facts at all.


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