Obama, the 'fourth transformative progressive'

First Lady Michelle Obama's convention speech observed that "being President doesn't change who you are... it reveals who you are." And George Will, writing for the Washington Post, in like manner observes that in 2008 Barack Obama was America's Rorschach test, upon whom voters could project their disparate yearnings. To govern, however, is to choose, and now his choices have clarified him. Will's column, eloquently written and helpfully titled "Obama: the real radical," views the President as the "fourth transformative progressive," whose goal is to perfect the 100-year mission of his presidential progenitors: Wilson Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Referencing an intriguing new book by Charles Kesler, I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism, and Mr. Kesler's observation that Obama is "playing a long, high-stakes game," Mr. Will notes that the President has been careful to conceal the exact nature of his infamous fundamental...(Read Full Post)

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