Some have read the latest issue to be a comparison between the two presidents. Many on both sides are, naturally, upset by the comparison. Me? I'm not surprised. After all, in addition to Ronald Reagan, Obama has been compared to Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Harry S Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Charles DeGaul, Otto Von Bismark, Richard the Lionheart, Charlemagne, Julius Caesar, Caesar Augustus, Caesar Romero, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Aquinas, St. Godric, St. Cuthbert, Gary Gygax, DaVince, Descartes, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, Einstein, Hawking, Washington Irving, Denzel Washington, Freddy 'Boom Boom' Washington, Harrison Ford, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Gary Grant, Cash and Carry, Carry me out to old Virginia, and any other comedy rift by Alan Alda as Hawkeye Peirce, MacArthur, Patton, Sun Tzu, the Buddha, Mohamed, Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, John, Paul, George, Ringo, George Martin, and even Pete Best for good measure, the guy who invented the sewing machine, Thomas Edison, Zeus and Odin, and God the Creator of the Universe.
Now, with such lofty expectations, it's not hard to see why the poor fellow seems to flounder no matter what he does. Unlike Reagan, we were given a scenario of utter hopelessness, able to be delivered only by this man who God prays to every morning. The times were tough, and therefore it took a man of singular talents to make things right. And not only could he, but he would. He had to. He couldn't fail. After all, this is a man compared to the genetic depository of history's greatest, who could move mountains, feed five thousand, walk on water, explain how American Idol still garners an audience, align the planets, and end death and disease as we know it.
When Reagan took over, the increasingly left leaning media tried to downplay his potential, portraying him as a hack, a B-Movie actor who made films with chimps, a brain dead cowboy who wasn't gay, and a right wing warmonger sure to nuke the world and end civilization as we know it. To this day, the Left can't forgive the fact that Reagan disappointed their expectations.
But Obama was none of those things. Even the Right dared not criticize too much, lest the dreaded Racist label be thrown faster than the speed of light. So on the day he became president, with such lofty a cloud of witnesses with which he had been compared (and continues to be compared), with the expectations of nothing less than a Messianic deliverance to a new epoch of the universe, Obama was doomed to fail. The poor guy could have turned everything around, cured cancer and Alzheimer's, ended hunger, brought peace, and he still would have fallen short of expectations. As I've said before, if you want to blame anyone for Obama's struggles, blame his near god-worshipping supporters in the media and other venues of the Left for expectations only God could have possibly met.