Like running to a dusty old playbook, liberals in the media hailed President Barack Obama’s speech as “Reaganesque.” Media Research Center’s Newsbusters has quite the compilation of anchors fawning over Mr. Obama and the President’s so-called ability to capture President Ronald Reagan’s style of communication. In fact, Christiane Amanpour exclaimed that President Reagan would consider today's Tea Party "too extreme."
It's no secret that newscasters are happily hoping that President Obama can snooker Americans with his faux admiration of Reagan again, like he did in 2008, and bring back independents into the Democratic fold that he lost in the past two years.
During the 2008 Democratic primary Mr. Obama and then Senator Hillary Clinton clashed over what Ms. Clinton called Mr. Obama's "positive" remarks about Reagan. When challenged about his Reagan comments by Sen. Clinton, Mr. Obama, hedged and backtracked about what he said and what he really meant (via NPR):
During the debate, Obama clarified his statement, noting that "Ronald Reagan was a transformative political figure because he was able to get Democrats to vote against their economic interests to form a majority to push through their agenda - an agenda that I objected to."