Ad pays tribute to Reagan, dings Obama
February 6th, 2012
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Ad pays tribute to Reagan, dings Obama

(CNN) – A conservative group is seizing on the anniversary of the late President Ronald Reagan's birthday to contrast his past comments with those of President Barack Obama.

The minute-long spot from Americans for Prosperity, which will air Monday on national cable, plays comments from the two presidents back-to-back in an effort to explain their "two visions for America," according to the organization.

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"We've been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades," Obama says in the spot before Reagan says, "Trust that American spirit, it's still there, ready to blaze in the light."

The ad, part of a roughly $230,000 buy from the grassroots organization, ends with a message to the "Gipper," who would have been 101 Monday.

"Happy Birthday, President Reagan," the ad reads. "We miss your optimism. Your love of America."

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    Raegan believed in income equality. He said himself that he doesn't think that it's fair for the most fortunate to pay lesser taxes than a middle class person.

    February 6, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Reagan would be branded a RINO by this lot of moral paupers.

    February 6, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Why does everyone tout the wonders of Reagan? He was NOT a good president. He was a showman at a time when we needed an actor on the world stage to stand toe-to-toe with the religious and political rock-n'-rollers elsewhere. Yes, he was a good communicator, but he was not good for American politics. He turned the government into a hulking behemoth and he skyrocketed the national debt. Why do the GOPers want to duplicate that?

    February 6, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I believe the quote was, . . . we have been a bit lazy in attracting foreign visitors and corporations to our shores . . .". It is good to hitch republican dreams to the Gipper, the man who raised taxes 11 times, said that it made no sense for the rich to pay a lower rate of taxes than a bus driver, and actually felt that increased revenue would lower our national debt. Obama 2012.

    February 6, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "We've been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades," Obama says
    Yes, we must all work harder and longer hours so that the government can take ever increasing amounts in order to fund the monsterous welfare state and redistribute the wealth. You know we have turned the socialist corner when people use the words "tax expenditure" which means YOUR MONEY that the government has decided you are worthy of KEEPING. Yes, YOUR hard work and money is the GOVERNMENTS under the current administration. They shall determine how much to expend on you in order for you to survive and feed your family.

    February 6, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    The Reagan years are a myth. GOP economic and tax policies mostly benefited Wall Street/top one per cent of wealthiest americans and not Main Street.

    February 6, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Hilarious how the try to attach themselves to a RINO president. Just the mere mention of his name results in apoplectic frenzy in the GOP. Too bad he wouldn't make it out of NH in this "pure" GOP

    February 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    @Wire Palladin, S.F. – Well, said. Thank-you.

    February 6, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Squireal

    Does it even matter any more that the quote in the add was out of context (see above " we have been a bit lazy in attracting foreign visitors and corporations to our shores . . ."." or, as today's Doonesbury points out, are we now all entitled to our own facts.

    February 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. sonny chapman

    When myth replaces truth, go with the myth. Repubs. NEED to believe Mythical Ronald Reagen, just like they need to believe in their many Mythical Boogeymen.

    February 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Squireal

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth
    "We've been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades," Obama says

    Except that is not what Obama said. Nice handle though. Too bad it bears no relationship to your comment.

    February 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. older than dirt

    Why did Reagan raise taxes? Why is it Republicans can't see the future without looking to the past? Why is it the Republicans beat the drums of war but most have never served in the military. Why is it the Republicans hate the poor and middle class? Why is it Republicans want lower taxes for the rich but don't support cutting taxes for the middle class.? Why would anyone vote for the clowns calling themselves REPUBLICANS?

    February 6, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Jess C

    I don't think Reagan was, in reality, what this current field of GOP like to think he was. Didn't he raise taxes more than once? What was the tax rate then? Living in mythological times is not helping us, folks. And to "Truth", who has an oxymoron for a moniker, taking quotes out of context like you did Obama's is right out of the GOP toolkit. If you think you pay too many taxes, move.

    February 6, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Why yes, of course Truth, its so much better to have a privately run beaurocracy that can sell your perwsonal information to the highest bidder, arbitrarily cut off your health insurance or deny you outright. Reagan ran up the national tab with his defense increases that subsidized the growth of many companies for over a decade. He used YOUR TAX money to support industries He felt were in the national interest, and conservatives supported that idea: George Will called it being " a functional liberal". Once again, you cheerfully ignore the policies your people have initiated and blather on about the government determining " much to expend on you in order for you to survive and feed your family": what do you think Reagan did? He did the same thing, and set us on teh course to being the biggest debtor nation in history. I'm sure you recoile at that idea, but you are never intellectually honest about anything. We all are working harder and longer to pay for Reagan's defense build-ups and his tax cuts, and he set the precedent for it: as usual, you can't handle the truth, period. Off in Rightie la-la land instead.

    February 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    we have been a bit lazy in attracting foreign visitors and corporations to our shores . . .".
    Actually this statement by Obama is pretty stupid and nonsense.

    "Lazy in attracting foreign visitors"??? Heck this country has milllions visit it every year. Our PROBLEM is that MILLIONS are ILLEGALS that NEVER LEAVE! We, as in our government, have "been lazy" in enfocring our laws and deporting them.

    And you don't have to actively work to attract corporations if your country is business friendly, which Obama, the Demonizer-in-Chief knows NOTHING about. So just WHAT has HE done to remedy this "laziness" in his 3 years? ZILCH.

    Just more hot air and insults from an empty suit of a president.

    February 6, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Wonder if King Raygun would allow the Pope to dictate our health-care the way the republicans and the catholic churches are trying to do. They certainly don't do much to help the kids once their born. Maybe they just need them for their priests' to prey upon and then to send to fight their wars so their kids can stay home, safe and warm.

    February 6, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. GI Joe

    He didn't make a move in the WH unless it was scripted by the astrologist's Nancy hired. Oh yeah !

    February 6, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Marry

    Ah, the GOP/TP is at it again, folks! Do not let the GOP/TP failures stand in the way of some colorful pictures. They are really getting very boring with their propaganda!
    President Obama 2012

    February 6, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. v_mag

    Ever wonder why the Repugnants don't compare Obama to Bush II? After all, the current R candidates are much more like Bush II than they are like Reagan.

    I want them to explain exactly how they are different from W, and if they aren't any different, I want to know why an person in his/her right mind would vote for any of them. If they are different, why don't they ever denounce the crimes of Bush/Cheney?

    February 6, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Anonymous

    by now most people realize these adds are paid for by super pacs or special interest groups that slant things their way or out and out lie. The repos get all excited and believe this garbage but most of us just ignor it for what it is. Trash pure and simple. Obama/Biden 2012

    February 6, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. unsub

    unless the repubs are gonna "re-animate" Reagan's corpse, please stop talking about him!

    February 6, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. george of the jungle

    by now most of us realize this is stuff put out by the super pacs or special interest groups. It doesnt make it true, Most of it is lies or slanted to meet their needs. The repos eat it up but the rest of us see it for what it is Trash and just ignor it. Obama/Biden 2012 Move forward not backward. Reagan is the past

    February 6, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Heck this country has milllions visit it every year. Our PROBLEM is that MILLIONS are ILLEGALS that NEVER LEAVE!
    Ever hear of the I-9 form? You used to have to send it in to the IRS right along with the W-4s. Maybe illegals don't leave because Republican administations saw a source of cheap labor that could be exploited agains organized labor.

    Did you know that George H.W. Bush stopped the requirement that I-9s be sent to the IRS? He said employers just needed to keep them on file in case INS agents showed up and needed to see them.

    Did you know that George W. Bush stopped the requirement that employers keep I-9s on file? He said employers could keep them on file for three years and then throw them away.

    February 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. ...a laurel and hardy handshake.....

    Say Ollie, what would Reagan say about the US today with Barak Obama as president ?

    February 6, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Is Ronnie running for President again...........................?

    February 6, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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