Our President, Just Bearly
2:40 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
No columnist rivals Matthew Continetti's ability to contrast so starkly the president's exalted self-image with his actual smallness on the world stage. This morning's installment of his weekly Free Beacon column is perhaps the best example yet. While President Obama announces his arrival at coffee shops and diners by declaring "the bear is loose!" the Russian bear is marking its territory much more aggressively:
"Obama is not the bear," Continetti notes. "He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow."
Continetti's analysis is correct, but it also reminds us how history repeats. Thirty years ago, President Reagan campaigned for re-election on precisely the same theme: "There is a bear in the woods."
There is a bear in the woods.
As Fred Barnes recalled years later, this ad was "the most devastating of President Reagan's TV ads in the 1984 presidential race." Reagan's "Bear in the Woods" made it impossible for Walter Mondale and the Democratic party to disabuse the public that America could afford to approach the Soviet Union with anything other than strength.
The bear seems to be back. So let's bring back the "Bear in the Woods" ad, too. Because America still needs to be as strong as the bear.
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