The American Psyche: A Study of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama
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The paper discusses how Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama share the same charismatic qualities but they have different views regarding the economy and other federal policies. The paper also discusses how both men faced challenges within their own parties when they entered the White House and served as a type of glue that held their respective parties together. Political parties aside, the paper notes that Reagan and Obama demonstrate an interesting dynamic within the American psyche: in times of trouble, the American public fears the old and familiar more than the new and unknown. The paper shows how Reagan and Obama may have never agreed on one policy, but they each captured the attention of the American people with their charismatic nature and infectious attitudes.
From the Paper:"Both men faced challenges within their own parties when they entered the White House and served as a type of glue that held their respective parties together. The Democrat and Republican parties were uniquely divided during the times these men were elected into office. Republicans were unified on Reagan's distinctive personality and the issues and causes he championed. Ross Baker maintains that beneath the surface, there were "two Republican parties" (Baker). Social conservatives who supported Reagan's anti-abortion beliefs and strong family principles comprised one side of the party while fiscal conservatives who supported Reagan's tax-cuts and anti-regulation policies were another side of the party. Similarly, the Democrat party was split into different section. One faction of the party includes an "ultraliberal wing that favors an quasi-pacifist foreign policy" (Baker), as well as greater freedom regarding same-sex marriage, and abortion rights. Another section leaned more toward repairing the economy and increasing jobs. The personal appeal of Reagan and Obama that held the two parties together through the underlying turmoil of the election seasons.
"Political parties aside, Reagan and Obama demonstrate an interesting dynamic within the American psyche: in times of trouble, the American public fears the old and familiar more than the new and unknown. Frustration coupled with a desire for something better can send a wave of transformation through the population that alters history as we see with these men. Reagan and Obama shared "firsts" upon entering the White House."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bausum, Ann. Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know about the Presidents. Washington: National Geographic. 2009. Print.
- Baker, Ross K. "Reagan, Obama and Deja Vu." USA TODAY. 06/23/2010. http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-06-23-column23_ST_N.htm Web.
- Mendell, David. "Obama: From Promise to Power." New York: Harper Collins. 2007. Print.
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