Monday, July 13, 2009

Obama's Internationalism: Echoes of FDR, HST and JFK

Stephen Schlesinger

Author and Adjunct Fellow at the Century Foundation

President Obama gave a speech last week in Moscow that conjures up memories of our greatest foreign policy presidents, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and John Kennedy. Two lines from Obama's address directly echo the themes and concerns of these three 20th century Democratic leaders.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Schmidt compares Obama, Kennedy

Ben Smith
April 23, 2009

I quoted McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt just now comparing Obama to Bobby Kennedy.

The whole riff was fairly remarkable. It came in response to a student's question about the youth vote:

If you read history about Bobby Kennedy's unfinished race in '68, this was, in my view, the unfinished Bobby Kennedy campaign – the idealism, the passion, the inspiration he gave to people, it was organic and it was real and it wasn’t manufactured at a tactical level in the campaign. It was a function of the president's unique skill set and presence, and it was really taken advantage of by a campaign that for the first time using the social networking technology....

The words may not be that surprising. But the speaker is. This is McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt on the Obama campaign ...

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