Obama, facing resurgent Republicans, reaches for Reagan bio

December 24, 2010

President Barack Obama, facing a divided Congress when he returns to Washington from vacation in early January, has invoked Republican hero Ronald Reagan during his own presidency to muster bipartisan support.

OBAMA/Perhaps he thought he could pick up some tips on how to deal with the other party, which takes control of the U.S. House of Representatives next month. Democrat Obama is now reading a biography of the former Republican president during his Christmas stay with the first family in Hawaii.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs revealed in a tweet on Friday that Obama was reading a biography of Reagan by journalist Lou Cannon.

Obama cited Reagan last week when he pushed for ratification of a new START nuclear weapons treaty with Russia. He also referenced Reagan when talking this month about a major overhaul of the U.S. tax code, which was last accomplished under Reagan in 1986.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Obama’s dog Bo is walked near the first family’s vacation home in Kailua, Hawaii on Dec. 24)

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If this story, like so many others about apparent contradictions, baffles you, I suggest you read Matt Taibbi’s new book Griftopia. I did, and I can now face and understand the merger of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan.

I don’t even feel depressed.

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