Nixon versus Obama: let’s get ready to rumble
Jonathan Turley, writing at USA Today, looks at some of the similarities between Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. That’s all well and good, but what are some of the differences between the two men?
Nixon aspired to the imperial presidency; Obama has achieved it.
Nixon thought of the press as Muppets who hated him; Obama thinks of the press as Muppets who bow down before him.
Nixon thought the idea of homosexual marriage was an absurd oxymoron; Obama was against it before he was for it.
Nixon practiced wireless surveillance; Obama perfected it.
Nixon had enemies lists; Obama has kill lists.
Nixon’s second term was a catastrophic failure of leadership and ethics; Obama’s first and second terms have been the same.
The idea that President Obama might compare unfavorably to President Nixon should give him and his Administration pause. But it won’t.