Barack Obama: The Anti-JFK [Reader Post]


November 22 was the 47th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I remember the day Kennedy died. I remember the next few days during which all TV was dedicated only to Kennedy’s death and funeral. I remember the funeral cortege. I remember the lighting of the Eternal Flame. It was all in black and white, which seemed darkly appropriate.

And today I think about how different Barack Obama is from JFK and how far Democrats have fallen- how much they have deteriorated since then.

JFK and BO have some things in common. Both suffered early foreign policy setbacks. Kennedy presided over the Bay of Pigs fiasco and Obama is viewed as a failure in the Middle East.

Two years later, he has managed to forge surprising unanimity on at least one topic: Barack Obama. A visit here finds both Israelis and Palestinians blame him for the current stalemate — just as they blame one another.

Instead of becoming a heady triumph of his diplomatic skill and special insight, Obama’s peace process is viewed almost universally in Israel as a mistake-riddled fantasy. And far from becoming the transcendent figure in a centuries-old drama, Obama has become just another frustrated player on a hardened Mideast landscape.

There the similarities end.

Kennedy thought tax cuts were beneficial to get an economy moving.

“In today’s economy, fiscal prudence and responsibility call for tax reduction even if it temporarily enlarges the federal deficit – why reducing taxes is the best way open to us to increase revenues.”

– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 21, 1963, annual message to the Congress: “The Economic Report Of The President”

Obama believes in Saul Alinsky.

Kennedy grew some gonads and stared Khruschev down over the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Obama bows to Muslim Kings and doesn’t believe in American Exceptionalism.

But there is one difference between the two which could not be more stark.

In his inaugural speech John Kennedy said:

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

It is believe that that sentence was derived from a number of sources, including Oliver Wendell Holmes who said

“It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.”

But the phrasing is believed to belong to JFK. It is timeless. It soars. It’s inspirational.


“The Constitution reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day”

And who could forget

But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.

Barack Obama is the anti-JFK. His entire being can be distilled down to this:

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what your country can do for you.”

Barack Obama is culmination of Democrat evolution ongoing since the creation of the Great Society. Democrats pander to the lowest common denominator. They compete with one another to see who can promise the most taxpayers’ money to those who can’t and won’t produce. They seek to continue dependence upon government as it is the source of their power.

JFK’s Inaugural speech and others provide us with more painful contrasts to Barack Obama.

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

It’s nearly impossible to see Barack Obama taking a stand anything like this.


“I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world.”

Obama? He apologizes for the United States of America.

“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

Obama voted “present” 128 times in Illinois State Senate.

The supreme reality of our time is our indivisibility as children of God and the common vulnerability of this planet.

Obama cannot even bring himself to say the word “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence.

What a terrible contrast. What a terrible mistake we have made.

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I agree complicitly with your analysis between JFK and Obama. JFK loved America and governed that way. Obama hates America and governs that way. In my eyes, Obama is the BIGGEST FAILURE of a president this country has ever elected. I wasn’t too crazy with Clinton – he was the beginning of a dark time for our country, but even he was a better president than Obama. At least with Clinton, I knew he loved America without question. With Obama, it is without question that he hates the country he governs. I still shake my head at the people who cast their vote for this loser. With just a little bit of research, anyone could have known how he would be – A DISASTER.

OF HIS CREDENTIAL to be holding the leadership, and more than once,
so people where warned in many places, but the media propaganda was for him blindly,
they lost the credibility they had right there,

I recall walking by a news stand in the airport, during the campaign, and every magazine had a smiling photo of Obama and/or his wife beaming out at us.


You know what I think is funny? You compare two presidents who are 50 years apart. One was born into immense wealth and power. A skirt chasing dog. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth and smart enough to recognize the benefits of that fact. As president was dealing with 80% tax rates, a growing insurgency in Vietnam, a belligerent Soviet Union, and con supported segregation in America.

The other was parented by a single mother, went to school on scholarships, his only wealth coming from a book he wrote. One wife to whom he is faithful, a self made in every sense. He has to deal with terrorism, a nutty North Korea, intransigent Arab and Israeli nincompoops, and a cratered economy.

These two presidents have only three things in common: they are smart, Harvard educated Dems. Because of this, they are irrationally hated by cons, which hatred goes so far as to undermine any kernel of rational criticism buried in the b.s.

Keep it up, though, cons. Keep the anger, the vitriol and the rage stoked. Because I see folks in the GOP are starting to get scared that you cons are putting the party in a position that god-awful Sarah Palin is de facto leader and candidate in waiting.

Braindead the hypocrite strikes again. You really need therapy and medications.
I mean, what other conclusion is there when Brob projects his own hateful behavior onto others and claims we hate obama because he is allegedly smart? His other statements are equally delusional and amusing. Obama is self made? Buwahahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh.

The other was parented by a single mother, went to school on scholarships, his only wealth coming from a book he wrote.

“The only wealth”

He is worth over $10 million now. His path has been paved in gold since mysteriously getting into Columbia. We still cannot know his records.

He is also the singularly most narcissistic man ever to sit in the White House and is getting nowhere near what he deserves.

Al Gore Sr. was a con? Robert Byrd was a con?

Since when? Brob, you really ought to stop making up your own history.


See how NoKo is sticking a finger in Obama’s eye?

Another great job of jawboning.

Poor Barry, his grandmother owned a bank, but that just doesn’t compare with having a daddy who was a rich bootlegger

B-Rob, you are partially correct though, there is fear out there. . . yours.

Why shouldn’t North Korea stick a finger in Obama’s eye? He’ll just claim the bombs were fireworks. The Chinese launched a missile off our coast and he called it a jet contrail. The real cons here are not the conservatives.

Great Work. I have enjoyed your work for some time. I hope you don’t mind but I re-posted this story on my site but did give you credit for it and sourced it back to you. Keep up the good work.

B-Rob, the only critter here spitting hate and trying so hard to stain the reputation of CONSERVATIVES AND REPUBLICANS , IS YOU B-Rob, I notice that behavior every time from you,and I find you represent your side very well indeed,

There is No Comparison possible.

I admired JFK. Obama has not earned that from me.

JFK was one of the last dems that actually wanted to protect America from her enemies. The funny thing is that leftists like BROB would run them out of the dem party for being too conservative.

I thought Obama was nuts for encouraging Americans to buy hybrid cars and truck, but sales/demand were rising….it seemed.

Now I learn that WE were buying them ourselves.
We, the taxpayers, that is.

President Barack Obama’s administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes. -Bloomberg

@Silly Rob:

You been drinking too much of the Kool-Aid. I mean you actually bashed a Democrat!

One was born into immense wealth and power. A skirt chasing dog. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth…

I was going to blast you about the conservative supported segregation remark, but drjohn took care of that for me.

You are a sad little man Silly Rob.

Silly Rob: When you talked about skirt chasing dog I was not sure who you were discussing. Was it Bill Clinton, John Kerry, former Democratic governors of NY, a certain California Congressman, or Barney Frank ?

Then you described all of the Democrats who opposed Kennedy’s civil rights legislation as republicans. You must be reading one of those Southern California history books the NEA recommends for schools now days! Silly Rob, are you smoking some of that medical weed?

skirt chasing dog=John Edwards??

Randy, being rational is a major problem for BROB. He’s had the facts about civil rights legislation explained to him multiple times. He was eventually told to reply by other lefty drones that “all the racists defected to the GOP.” Therefore his claims that the GOP was racist were still valid.
He also displays another phony arguement taken from places like DUNG, KOS, Puffho. It’s the claim that we hate obama because he’s an intellectual. Really, they think that’s why we hate all of them. Us bunch of peasents resent our rightful superiors and are jealous of them. Pure BS, but it goes to show the driving force behind why they “think” (I use that term loosely in their case) the way they do–major narcisissm.
Leftists are anything BUT intellectuals.