How Does Obama Like Being Compared To Nixon?


Here’s a sampling of comments made by political pundits in recent days:

Charles Krauthammer:

Factions should compete, but also recognize the legitimacy of other factions and, indeed, their necessity for a vigorous self-regulating democracy. Seeking to deliberately undermine, delegitimize, and destroy is not Madisonian. It is Nixonian.

Jennifer Rubin:

It’s a cringe-inducing moment, both for those who oppose the White House on policy grounds and those who cheer its every move. As surely as Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton allowed their personal flaws to erode the office of the presidency, Obama seems bent on allowing his own flaws (thin-skinnedness, hubris) to do potentially grave damage to the office as well. And over what? Not some grand policy matter or some key personnel matter, but over the desire to exclude a news network that has criticized him. For those who suggested that Obama’s main selling point was his “superior temperament,” we anxiously await an admission of grave error. It seems they were terribly mistaken.

Cassandra, Villainous Company:

First the comparisons were to The Great Emancipator and his team of rivals. Then it was The Great Communicator. I think JFK references were liberally sprinkled about for a short time, too.

But less than a year into his first term, Obama’s become … the Second Coming of Richard Millhouse Nixon??? Normally I’d say The Won had hit rock bottom. Could there possibly be anyone more heinous in the eyes of the media?

Vickie McClure Davidson, Frugal Cafe:

Is Barack Obama channeling his “inner Nixon” these days?

Pres. Richard Nixon was notorious for trying to play favorites and exclude those people in the press whom he considered “enemies.” He even created a lengthy, paranoid “Enemies List” that included Joe Namath, John Lennon, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The term “Nixonian” is no compliment by any stretch.

Senators Lamar Alexander and Judd Gregg:

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., took to the Senate floor to urge President Obama and his aides to dial back their attacks on White House critics. Alexander, who later was joined by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., cited a litany of instances where he said Obama was inappropriately targeting groups — from the Chamber of Commerce to Fox News — just as President Nixon did four decades ago.

“I have an uneasy feeling only 10 months into this new administration that we’re beginning to see the symptoms of this same kind of animus developing in the Obama administration,” Alexander said.

Gregg also expressed concerns and suggested Obama was “Nixifying” the White House.


“The White House has basically said that they don’t believe in the marketplace of ideas, they’re not willing to engage in debate, and they are going to be associated with John Adams and the Sedition Act and Richard Nixon and his ‘enemies’ list – is that the company they want to be in?” says Mike Farrell, director of the First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky.


Is President Obama doing the same thing with Fox News, as President Nixon did with the Washington Post?  hmmmm look what happened to President Nixon.

Anderson Cooper, CNN:

(As reported by Newsbusters):

How do you know that the White House’s anti-Fox News campaign has gone seriously wrong? When CNN, let alone Anderson Cooper, begins to compare the Obama and Nixon administrations (video embedded below the fold, h/t Mediaite’s Colby Hall).

On last night’s “360,” Cooper stated that “this White House is starting to look like another White House and the comparison is not flattering.”

Karl Rove:

Former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove has compared President Barack Obama to former President Richard Nixon, saying the Obama administration’s feud with Fox News is proof the White House is creating a Nixonian “enemies list” that “demeans” the office of the president.

How do you think Obama likes being compared to Nixon…and not only by people on the right?  Do you think he’s losing any sleep over it?


16 thoughts on “How Does Obama Like Being Compared To Nixon?

  1. He doesn’t give a shit.

    Obama doesn’t care about making friends and influencing the people. He cares about changing our nation to fit his ideology.

    I predict an even worse bunker mentality, more bullying, more pressure on his own party even.

    It is going to get ugly.


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  3. I agree with you, Uniball. Obama’s self-righteous arrogance is eerily like that of Nixon’s. Obama doesn’t care, he doesn’t care, he doesn’t care. What he wants is what he gets, or he “takes out” the opposition. This is how he miraculously won both his senator seats in Illinois.

    “Tricky Dickie” Nixon truly believed his own flatulence had no aroma, he alienated people left and right with his mandates, and ultimately, he fell harder than any other president in recent memory. Watergate, judging by the sleazy “Chicago Way” modus operandi, will look like a puppet show when the top blows off this socialist administration. And I’m confident that soon, Dear Leader will step in a cow patty of such huge proportion that not even Rahm “Dead Fish” Emanuel will be able to wipe up after him. America’s been waking up for a while now, and the poll numbers show it.

    Concerning Obama’s “friends,” does he even have any? I’m not being snarky. I started researching a long while back on this, and at the time, it appeared that Barack has not ever really had friends, like those you’d spend the evening with over beers or go camping with. I’m thinking those closest to him are those who believe they can ride on his coat tails to plains of success, but not because they are truly friends. During McCain’s run for the presidency, he had so many people give testimonials about him and his character, how he had been a true friend, a patriotic American, you name it. I don’t recall anyone stepping up to endorse Obama on a personal level like that during the campaign… the ones who endorsed him appeared to be either socialist weasels from his past in Chicago (not friends, but cohorts) and dreamy-dewy-eyed liberals who were in awe of this Messiah character he was portraying.

    If he does have friends, my bad.


  4. “Friends” with Ayers? I’m not so sure about that. Ayers is too old to be “friends” with Barack and doesn’t dress well enough to be seen with him in public. Acquaintances and cronies, yes, fellow groupies of Alinsky, yes, but not TRUE friends.

    However, since Obama denied during the campaign knowing Ayers beyond waving at him from the car or something like that, you could be on to something. Did Obama precede his denial of knowing Ayers with “Let me make something perfectly clear”? Because if he did, they could indeed be secret BFF’s.


  5. No, according Ayers, they were “family friends”:

    There was a rumor (which I believe) going around in 2008 that the Ayers’ babysat for the Obama’s when Malia and Sasha were babies.

    I have no doubt that Ayers ghostwrote Obama’s book.

    They’ve known each other for a long time, go way back.

    It’s been surmised that they may even met in the early eighties during Obama’s time at Columbia.

    But nothing’s ever been proven on that. It’s pretty safe to say they’ve known each other for over 20 years, though.


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