It’s Deja Vu All Over Again, Barack Obama in the Role of Jimmy Carter


Remember when President Obama said that we should inflate our tires, drive less and set our thermostats to preserve fuel?

In 1979, in his crisis of confidence speech, Jimmy Carter said, “use carpools and public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day a week, to obey the speed limit, set your thermostats to preserve fuel…”

Both Obama and Carter pushed the welfare state and both talked about shared sacrifice.

Obama is mimicking the failed Carter presidency with his foreign policy as well. Ironically, he even uses the same language. [I hate to admit that I voted for Carter, but I won’t make that mistake again]

Obama said yesterday in a CBS interview that, “Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”  This was in response to Romney’s reaction to the embassy attack in Cairo in which he criticized Obama’s apology.

Obama had the temerity to make this comment after Obama’s Embassy in Cairo apologized to Muslims for hurting their feelings as they attacked our Embassy. The Embassy apology came after 9.5 hours, long enough for consultation with Obama. The walk back by Obama took until the next day and it was likely done because of the political backlash.

via the Washington Examiner

After Reagan’s nomination in July 1980, Carter criticized Republicans calling it “a party with a narrow vision, a party that is afraid of the future, a party whose leaders are inclined to shoot from the hip, a party that has never been willing to put its investment in human beings who are below them in economic and social status.”

As Philip Klein noted on Twitter, the Carter campaign ran fear-provoking “man on the street” ads during the campaign against Ronald Reagan, claiming that Reagan would be a president who would “shoot from the hip.”

One of the “man on the street” ads:

Carter’s 1979 speech echoes Obama’s approach to energy:

President Obama echoed Carter’s foreign policy speech of 1980 and his campaign ad in 1979:

The Iranian hostage crisis. Does it look familiar?

The 1979 crisis unfolded and after failed attempts at negotiating the release by Carter, it came after Ronald Reagan was elected president. The release took place on January 20, 1981, minutes before Reagan was inaugurated.

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