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Barack Obama is the ‘New Reagan’

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"Make Inauguration Reservations Meeting."

Or so one upcoming gathering is posted on Sen. Barack Obama‘s official presidential campaign Web site, being called by one obviously confident supporter of the Illinois senator who lives in the Washington area.

The person is correct. Whether Democrat or Republican, presidential inaugural-goers are urged to make lodging reservations sooner rather than later, as rooms fill up quickly.

The new Gipper?

Barack Obama is the "New Reagan."

So insists the headline above an opinion piece written by Diane Winston, professor of journalism at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and holder of the Knight Chair in Media and Religion.

"Just a generation ago, Americans were up against an unwinnable war, an unpopular president and a faltering economy. Prices were up, wages were down and a shortage of oil — due as much to the manipulations of domestic producers as to an Arab oil embargo — had created a crisis of confidence.

"Neither Gerald Ford, an amiable Republican, nor Jimmy Carter, a managerial Democrat, could provide a national vision that healed and inspired," she writes.

"[Ronald] Reagan’s actual successes can be debated, but the perception of his presidency, among a majority of Americans, is that he restored the United States to its former glory … [He] capitalized on a cultural moment of change and uncertainty by providing a vision of continuity, a message of hope, and an assurance that the best was yet to come…

"Obama may not have an answer to every woe, but he holds the promise of a new morning."  
Conception irony

While the economy and national security are two key issues in this year’s race for the White House, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins is not letting Democrat Barack Obama forget what he had to say recently about the sanctity of life.

Indeed, the FRC has launched a new television ad aimed at statements made by the Illinois senator about fatherhood.

"While Senator Barack Obama’s comments on Father’s Day imploring men to take responsibility for their children are commendable, he appears to be unaware of the irony in his statement that ‘we need fathers to recognize that responsibility doesn’t just end at conception,’" says Mr. Perkins.

"I would like to ask Senator Obama: if my responsibility as a father began at conception, isn’t that when the lives of my children began?"

The FRC president observes that Mr. Obama voted for several laws supporting abortion, both while in the U.S. Senate and the Illinois legislature.

"He is the co-sponsor of the Federal Freedom of Choice Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that will legalize partial-birth abortion and overturn virtually all federal and state limitations on abortion," he says. "Senator Obama understands that a father’s responsibility does not end at conception, but does he understand that it begins there as well?"

Barack’s ‘break’

Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz, host of the CNN program "Reliable Sources," appears in the Congressional Record attacking the "liberal" media.

For his fellow lawmakers who didn’t see last Sunday’s show, Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, informed them that Mr. Kurtz "strongly criticized the media’s coverage of Sen. Barack Obama‘s breaking his promise that he would accept public campaign funds.

"Last Sunday, Kurtz argued: ‘All of these liberal commentators who have always supported campaign finance reform, getting big money out of politics, many of them are defending Obama. And I have to think the press is cutting him a break here.’

"Kurtz concluded the segment by saying, ‘If George W. Bush had done this, blown off public financing as he considered doing during the 2004 campaign, there would be howls in the media about one candidate trying to buy an election.’"

The congressman also called attention to a recent poll showing by more than a 3-to-1 margin that voters believe the media favors Mr. Obama over expected Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.

Don’t sweat it

Gas and food prices got you down – or angry? Consider Colin Powell’s 13 golden rules when faced with adversity.

1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.  

2. Get mad, then get over it.

3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

4. It can be done!

5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.

8. Check small things.

9. Share credit.

10. Remain calm. Be kind.

11. Have a vision. Be demanding.

12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.  

HOPE STILL LIVES

That was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada introducing on behalf of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who recovers from brain cancer surgery, a bill to extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965. The measure was promptly considered and approved.

As Mr. Kennedy once famously phrased it: "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die."

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John McCaslin pens the award-winning Inside the Beltway column for The Washington Times. His column has been syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and Tribune Media Services.

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