With Time Magazine (among others) making Obama-Reagan comparisons, the Editors at the Washington Times decided to perform and independent examination of the similarities and differences. Here are some of the results:
Reagan: Fostered national pride in the military.
Obama: Fostered gay pride in the military.
Reagan: We begin bombing in five minutes.
Obama: We begin golfing in five minutes.
Reagan: Made big government a bad word.
Obama: Made big government a bad dream.
Reagan: A shining city on a hill.
Obama: A home mortgage under water.
Reagan: Just say no.
Obama: Yes we can!
Reagan: Stood up to the Soviets.
Obama: Bowed to the Saudis.
Reagan: “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”
Obama: Concentrated power has always been the objective.
Reagan: National health care is socialism.
Obama: National health care is socialism.
Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
Obama: We are that generation.
Reagan: Morning in America.
Obama: Mourning for America.
Reagan: “Man is not free unless government is limited.”
Obama: Man is not limited unless government is free.
Reagan: “Government programs, once launched, never disappear.”
Obama: That’s the plan.
Reagan: “The best minds are not in government.”
Obama: The best mind is in the Oval Office.
Reagan: “I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy.”
Obama: It’s all Bush’s fault.
Reagan: Our adversaries “counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.”
Obama: Who else can I apologize to?
Reagan: “Trust, but verify.”
Obama: Let’s do whatever Putin wants.
Reagan: “We have a rendezvous with destiny.”
Obama: I have a rendezvous with destiny.
Reagan: Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican.
Obama: Thou shalt not speak to any Republican.
Reagan: Appointed the wise Justice Scalia
Obama: Appointed a wise Latina
Reagan: A citizen-politician
Obama: A citizen (?) politician
Reagan: Proposed a missile defense
Obama: Disposed of missile defense
Reagan: “Go ahead, make my day.”
Obama: Go ahead, tax and spend.
Reagan: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are:
Obama: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Reagan: Middle class values
Obama: Middle class tax hikes
Reagan: Supported the death penalty
Obama: Supports the death panels
Reagan: “I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”
Obama: Let me get back to you on that one.