No Comparison Between Reagan and Obama

Thursday, 06 Jan 2011 01:04 PM

By Andrea Tantaros

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As he embarks on the final two years of his first term, President Obama is spending time studying a surprising subject: Ronald Reagan.

Before departing on his Hawaiian holiday, Obama sought advice from Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein and David Gergen, an image adviser to both Reagan and Bill Clinton. While on vacation, his press secretary strategically announced over Twitter that his beach reading consisted of Lou Cannon's Reagan biography, "The Role of a Lifetime." Obama aides are busy making comparisons between the two men — emphasizing Reagan's troubles in his first term, and his rebound thereafter — with the hope of refurbishing Obama's brand after a bruising midterm election cycle.

But let's be honest. A side-by-side comparison shows that the analogy is quite a stretch despite similarities like poll numbers and personal likability — and not just because of the obvious differences in ideology.

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