Quote of the Day: Obama really is the second FDR edition

Posted by: Phineas on March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

They made and broke the same promises:

FDR deficit history Obama

Compare that to this statement by the Man Who Would Be FDR:

“This is big,” wrote White House director of new media Macon Phillips in a February 23, 2009 blog post, ”the President today promised that by the end of his first term, he will cut in half the massive federal deficit we’ve inherited. And we’ll do it in a new way: honestly and candidly.”

Indeed, President Obama did make that promise that day, saying, “today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay — and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”

The 2013 budget the president submitted today does not come close to meeting this promise of being reduced to $650 billion for fiscal year 2013.

Few remember today that Roosevelt ran to the right of Hoover on spending, decrying government that “costs too much.” Obama, in his turn, promised to go through the budget “line by line” to make D.C. more frugal.

In other words, both took over from presidents who had already expanded government and increased spending, both promised to get the budget under control, and both broke those promises to instead grow government and government spending massively.

Time was right: Obama really is the second FDR.

Time cover FDR Obama

FDR graphic via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Obama really is the second FDR edition”


  1. Great White Rat says:

    FDR also had a soft spot for socialist dictators like Joe Stalin. The entire Cold War between the West and the Soviets, which lasted over 40 years, was made far worse when at Yalta FDR gave Stalin carte blanche to take over the countries of eastern Europe. The world still hasn’t completely recovered from that blunder.

    With Obama’s incompetence in foreign affairs already well-established, one can only speculate how damaging his legacy will be, but it’s likely that the biggest damage he will do to the US and to world peace will be in the middle east.

  2. Carlos says:

    Good analysis, GWR, except I would think biggest damage he (Obama) will do to the US and world peace will be to the United States itself, leaving it vulnerable to attack from bullies who now perceive us as weak and unwilling to fight for what we believe in, and to stand up to any but the weakest bullies (usually our allies).

    As a punk hood bully he, of all people, should understand that.

  3. Great White Rat says:

    Your point’s well taken, Carlos. Weakening the US will certainly have serious consequences world-wide. Undoing that situation should be #1 priority.

    If the right administration follows him, that can be rectified relatively quickly – see how Reagan undid similar damage from the Carter years – if we haven’t been mortally sabotaged by Obama by then. But it will take a lot longer to exorcize the demons Obama has set loose in the middle east once that’s done.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    For Obhammud to state we do not have a debt crisis is like “Shallow Hal” and his perception “evolving” at the hands of Tony Robbins. In this scenario, FDR is Obhammud’s Robbins.