Obama looks to Reagan
December 24th, 2010
02:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama looks to Reagan

(CNN) – President Obama is spending his Hawaiian vacation reading up on a Republican icon.

The president is currently reading a biography of former President Ronald Reagan by Lou Cannon, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs revealed the president's choice Friday on Twitter during a two hour question-and-answer session.


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  1. TOTAL FACTS

    This is useless. there is no way this Moran can ever be a Reagan. We are being run by a ship of fools in the White House. Please Impeach this Man.

    December 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Marcus

    In spite of the many flaws of his presidency, starting the Reaganomics was the biggest one but the lack of serious approach to the GRID (nowadays known as AIDS) problem is also memorable, Reagan did a lot of good things to the country.
    To deny that would be like deny that the sky is blue because a Conservative said so...
    And was the 'Great Communicator', by his own merits.
    Gonna see if its a great book before talking about, since I did not read THIS particular book about Reagan.

    December 24, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. John in Sacramento

    Hopefully Obama can learn something about "Governor" Reagan's role during the late 60's in relation to People's Park in Berkeley...or "Bloody Thursday" as it came to be known.

    Although more likely it is a ruse meant to make Obama appear bi-partisan and "moderate" to conservatives...

    December 24, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. malabar

    funny how Obama likes to keep his own hands clean, even read up on a respected republican giant. while his minions trash reagan and his policies. notice how every single elected repub is held accountable for their staff or constituents words and deeds while Obama never has to take responsibility for his own, let alone those of his sheeple. but, yeah, obama is a saint 4 reading a reagan biography. all the convoluted Palin conspiracies like Haiti frm the left work just as well the other way around. doubt, mock, and insult everythng right?

    December 24, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. the real ib

    He needs to read up on someone; worst president we've ever had and I lived through Nixon and Carter and didn't think anyone could out do them boy was I wrong. Ok far left spew your hate at me.

    December 24, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. AZ Dem

    He'd be wise to do so...if he is able to win re-election his 8 years in office will TRANSFORM this nation much like Reagan's tenure in office changed this country forever. Not commenting negatively either way although I think 1 transformation will be significantly more beneficial to the country...not naming names but his initials are Barack Obama!!! ha!

    December 24, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Dan

    I really dislike it when people try to invoke prior presidencies to linguistically imply parallels.
    Obama will never be a Reagan, nor will he be a Clinton.
    Obama is and always will be an Obama.
    Stop attempting to draw parallels in administrations in order to get out of this Depression.

    December 24, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why would anyone want to be a Reagan?

    December 24, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. WhoRulesYou

    Mr. President, you will never compare to the greatest U.S. President of the United States of America. You see, Mr. Reagan had core principles and beliefs that respected a person's right to be free and objective laws defined to that end. Mr. President, you and your kind do not believe in the individual as an inviolable entity. You view people as needing the state's 'guiding' hand and forcing others to pay for the lifestyles of the 'underprivileged.' I look forward to November 6, 2012, Mr. President. You will return to private life and hopefully, we will have a President who understands and conducts himself as Mr. Reagan did. Merry Christmas.

    December 24, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. edog

    Hi Dan!

    That is why you are not and never will be president of the US. Obama is reading Regan because he realizes that over the next two years he will be dealing with a Republican Congress. Who do you think the republicans quote and admire the most over the last 2 years??!!! REGAN. That is right!!! Obama will know more about Regan and his policies than the modern day Tea Party or Republican. Obama is smart enough to know that when the has to negotiate or debate the Republicans, there is nothing better than to use Regan's quotes against their positions.

    Too bad Dan, that you are so short sighted and have to draw a negative out of Obama wanting to know everything about Regan not to draw parallels, but to rather strengthen his own position over the next two years.

    Art of War! Know your enemy...

    December 24, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. LogicDictates

    Why would anyone want to be a Reagan?

    December 24, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Marcus

    WhoRulesYou – The socialist yadda yadda... never got tired of it, did you?

    the real ib – I don't need to be a 'far left' to be against a biased and hate filled commentary like yours. I just need to like facts.

    malabar – 'Obama never has to take responsibility for his own', that phrase alone disqualify all your post. Check the weekly address that he made after the tax deal was reached. If THAT is not take responsibility for his actions then what is?

    December 24, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Dan

    Reagon led the largest economy in the United States as the Governor of California. After the democrat party moved away from him, he became one of the strongest voices for individual liberty, self determination, and the inherent greatness of the Unites States. As the President of the United States, he undid phenominal amounts of damage inflicted to this country by the Carter administration, stopped the inflationary path Carter had set in motion, was instrumental in the falling of the Berlin wall, the ending of the Cold War, and the revival of the United States Economy. Mr President, I knew Ronald Reagan. You're no Ronald Reagan.

    December 24, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Detroit7

    If this true, it might be a great thing. Obama needs all the help he can get on how to start leading with integrity, honestly and character. Then again, those qualities are a part of someone and can't be picked up in reading about them.

    December 24, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. David

    Geez guys take it easy! you would think Obama was going to re-incarnate as reagan or raise him from the dead! Sorry folks your boy Reagan is DEAD! Obama is a true scholar he actually reads all kinds of stuff, thank you SIR MR PRESIDENT!

    December 24, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |