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Eisenhower biographer Evan Thomas compares Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to the 34th President in the latest issue of TIME.

I was struck, while reading a revealing profile by Michael Lewis in this month’s Vanity Fair, by how much Obama resembled Ike behind the scenes. He operates like a Socratic professor with his advisers, constantly testing and challenging their logic and insights. President Eisenhower would sometimes take all sides in a National Security Council debate, never revealing his own position. Likewise, other reporting suggests that Romney, the shrewd businessman and investor, demands data and hard facts and is dissatisfied with pat or doctrinaire answers. As President, the great war hero Ike also “led from behind,” as an aide defined Obama’s role in liberating Libya from Muammar Gaddafi. Operating by indirection and doing one thing while seeming to say another, Eisenhower avoided American military entanglement in Vietnam, Suez and Hungary. Romney is criticized, deservedly, for his all-over-the-map foreign policy pronouncements. But as Ike navigated between isolationists and hard-liners in his party, he was often elusive and even contradictory. (Eisenhower used Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to play bad cop to the President’s good cop.)

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Another piece of drivel from Evan Thomas, a member of the Unholy Triune that also includes Jon Meacham and Tom Brokaw, three men who are always dumbing down public discourse in their efforts to "civilize" debate. 

I can see the resemblence between Eisenhower and Obama; both are long-view thinkers who are willing to take short-term losses for later bigger gains.

But Romney is not at all like Ike. Unle Ike and Obama, he's all about the immediate gain over the long-haul investment.

This kind of stupid article is one reason I don't believe it's over for Romney. And it turns my stomach that Thomas is kinder to Romney than he ever was to Hillary, whose shoes neither Thomas nor Romney are fit to lick.

Pollopa
Pollopa

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes...

Another failure by the republicans to support jobs and veterans.

Sorry no other place to post this why do republicans hate America news.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

I know. When I saw that on Maddow last night, I was just dumbstruck. Once again, ideology trumps governance.

This is the party that sent our people into two wars (and, yes, with Democratic collusion), and they can't even be bothered to help them get jobs.

There are no words filthy enough to describe them.

paulejb
paulejb

"Champagne tower hidden at Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fundraiser for Obama"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/... 

This doesn't sound like Ike.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I'm sure Ike would spend time with supporters/citizens, so yes it does.

paulejb
paulejb

DonQuixotic,

I do not recall that Ike was given to wretched excess, Don. Barry seems to delight in cavorting with the 1%.

StanleyCupp
StanleyCupp

800 rounds of golf is pretty excessive. Almost excessive as George Bush's 977 vacation days. Almost.

 

paulejb
paulejb

Barack Obama's only resemblance to Ike would be in their love of golf. Ike was actually a president not a celebrity impersonator.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Lame.  You can do a lot better than that, you're not even applying yourself.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Don

Actually he can't. Sadly. He's not the 'clever one' that you're looking for.

Tero1
Tero1

Sometimes I don't think even he believes the crap he spews. He must be getting paid.

Tero1
Tero1

"I make you people look like fools everyday gratis."

You are just deluded enough to actually believe that...

paulejb
paulejb

Tero1,

Nope. I make you people look like fools everyday gratis.

paulejb
paulejb

DonQuixotic,

I was too stunned by Obama's demotion from the status of God to just that of a Republican president to come up with a snappy retort.

paulejb
paulejb

Wow! What a come down. It was not that long ago that Evan Thomas was comparing Barack Obama to God. Now he believes that Obama has been demoted to mere mortal Dwight Eisenhower. How sad.

'Newsweek Editor Evan Thomas: Obama Is "Sort Of God" '

http://www.realclearpolitics.c...

stalkinghorse
stalkinghorse

I think the Ike comparison is accurate - Obama has governed as a common sense moderate Republican. That today's Republican party views this as radical socialism shows that it gone completely off a cliff.

Imagine if Obama said something like "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence by the military-industry complex."

He would be pilloried as a lefty weakling. Of course, that's an Eisenhower quote.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

Eisenhower would never be able to get elected by today's GOP. Neither would Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon … or Ronald Reagan.

MrObvious
MrObvious

And like Ike Romney loves the defense industry.

No?

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Romney like the Vulture Capital Industrial Complex. He must also like the game Risk. So do I, but Mitt wants to play Risk with real armies. He must think since he has three dice compared to Ahmadinejad's two he'll have the upper hand in attacking Iran.

Arimathean
Arimathean

I'm not convinced than Romney has given us any reason to think that he's being calculating, rather than just trying to pander to whoever will put him into power.  Ike was shifty, but in a way that was intended to cause his advisors (and the nation) to think for themselves and be critical.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

Exactly. Ike undoubtedly actually knew what he believed, but wanted others to make up their own minds while being open to changing his if facts warranted. Willard believes whatever the ten highest bidders around him believe.

There's a huge difference between being open to other ideas and being for sale.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Obama has always reminded me a little bit of Bobby Kennedy, but only a little.  Unfortunately I don't think he has the drive that Bobby did.

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

Pres. Obama is like Ike behind the scenes I can believe.  But Romney is a war

monger and nothing like Ike.  More like a Nixon robot.

gumOnShoe
gumOnShoe

I don't want to read the rest of that article. It might be interesting later, but that paragraph was a mess. Do they teach thesis organization to you guys, or is stream of conscious news writing the new thing?

Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

other reporting suggests that Romney, the shrewd businessman and investor, demands data and hard facts and is dissatisfied with pat or doctrinaire answers

I've heard that too. So how do you explain that whenever pressed on any details of his tax plans, he has no data and relies entirely on pat, doctrinaire answers?

jmac
jmac

"reporting suggests . . Romney . . . demands data and hard facts"  -    Reality suggests that Romney demands talking points from Frank Luntz.  He's still on the right-wing cliff even as he now tries to embrace the title of Grandfather of Obamacare.   Where are the hard facts in his hidden tax reforms he refuses to release?  Where's his V.P?  That guy has some hard facts that need explaining. 

theoldkathy
theoldkathy

 Because he knows the electorate isn't going to like the details.  No point in losing some of the remaining 53% with facts.