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Continuing now with our inauguration coverage let's go back to Washington bring in Bob one -- associate editor of the Washington Post author of the book.
You think I'm wrong in saying the president Obama's gonna continue his big spending agenda in order to redistribute income no matter what the price the country things.
What well I think you hit on the right themes social justice he calls that quality the question is how do you get there.
And -- I think he knows in his head that you get there by mobilizing the economy getting the engine going if you think about it the greatest.
Is not being able to get a job you have to get that unemployment number.
What I I really think there was somewhat of a lost opportunity.
Here -- -- given.
That he -- speech supposing turned around which would have been extraordinary.
-- Speaker Boehner they're Republican leader of the house and said we're gonna work together on these things we're gonna.
Fix my agenda in your agenda and of course Boehner said -- -- is we have to cut spending -- Even Obama as -- economists.
Tell him that so.
That they miss this opportunity also -- I remember Katharine Graham.
That was the publisher of the post.
Used to always say it's very difficult.
To not like somebody who says they'd like Q you talked to of Republicans and Democrats here in they have the feeling I'm not sure it's correct but they feel well.
-- doesn't like them he does and if he doesn't well I think I mean I think it's pretty clear that he doesn't like them because he doesn't feel.
He feels that they are the purveyors of white privilege Bob.
And Helen and -- he's never gonna save that.
But that's the theme that runs through his advisors.
They -- the not -- I really just I don't agree down.
I think he just doesn't agree with Republicans on their agenda.
And -- -- it.
He's hurting his own -- I got I already have a think about what ideas that the Republican agenda in his mind the president's mind.
Props up the white privilege.
And therefore it as the social justice champion he has to tear that down.
He doesn't like the -- privilege thing and he doesn't like the Republicans trying to defend.
And that's the -- now want to ask you quite huge -- this spells it out but -- get it this scenario where you are good at what -- agree you know it it's a broader -- Agreement with the Republican agenda in the any hammered hard in the campaign in -- one.
-- increases for that top 1% that's a big deal to him.
1985 Ronald Reagan comes up he says exactly the opposite.
Exactly the opposite of Barack Obama.
Reagan says the government's the problem.
We are getting government out of the way in unleash the American people who'll return in the nation of prosperity.
Reagan very popular president among Americans remain so.
Personally Barack Obama very popular on Americans.
You know I think -- personal rate is around 59%.
Job approval fifty.
How can this country in this space.
But almost thirty years changed so dramatically.
In our philosophy.
Well first of all Obama today did say it did it's -- fiction.
To believe that government alone can solve all of the problems so he he's he's taking somewhat of a middle course now.
If you look at that speech I I mean it's an odd speech -- No coherent plan and again I think that the missed opportunity.
To say did the American public and the world look.
This is where I'm going this is what matters.
These are the things I'm gonna do in the end did there was a scattershot.
Approach and I think I I think a lot of the speech was unnecessarily.
All right -- you didn't answer my question and -- it's a little bit of an esoteric question how can the nation change.
In in less than thirty years where we're.
Ronald Reagan becomes an icon.
Into what we have now which is a 180 degrees opposite race I want him -- I I think part of this city and look.
Hated presidents you realize that their personal appeal and popularity.
Is often what.
People vote done in that -- -- Reagan and Obama as you point out is personally popular.
-- I think did this nineteen minute speech quite frankly.
Is going to be quickly forgotten that -- -- the old John Mitchell.
Who is the attorney general for Nixon.
Don't watch what we say watch what we do and I think we have to.
See what Obama's really going to do and of course what the Republicans are doing I think.
-- the other thing if I can -- -- that for a moment.
He didn't talk about the world now -- that the world is a very dangerous place and there are a lot of dangerous things going and they and.
I -- yes but enough but who is little left after the state of the union anyway but you're right he could rally didn't really rally tonight everybody's.
Just as hard as they wore when he got up this morning Bob always a pleasure.
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