What is it that makes people think this man...
OK, let’s clear this up once and for all. Exactly what traits does Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) exhibit which leads so many liberal apologists to believe he is the next JFK? Even Caroline Kennedy has gone on record saying Obama can inspire people the way her late, great father once did.
Well, articulate and inspirational speeches are one thing. But what happens if you look at substantive issues?
Let’s compare, shall we?
John F. Kennedy served this country in the US military. Obama has no military experience.
Kennedy served in political office at a national level for fourteen years before he was elected President. Obama has been a US Senator for all of three years.
Kennedy was considered to be a moderate (some even say “conservative”) Democrat, even to the point of promoting tax cuts as part of his “New Frontier” domestic policy. Obama’s Senate voting record is straight down the liberal Democrat party line. In fact, according to the Americans for Democratic Action ratings he scored 95% in 2006 and a perfect 100% in 2005.
Kennedy’s famous words of “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” seemed to promote the idea of US citizens taking a more active role in strengthening America. Obama’s liberal voting record seems to enhance a belief in entitlement programs.
Again, the only similarity that can be drawn is that both men were 40-something Presidential candidates who delivered nice speeches while looking good on TV. The major difference is Kennedy was a proven leader long before he got to the Oval Office.
It’s just a shame that Lloyd Bentsen won’t be meeting Obama in a debate any time soon.