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Why Obama Is Not A True Liberal

Posted: 04/18/2012 3:38 pm

A slim majority of Americans, 51%, say Barack Obama's political views are "too liberal," a greater percentage than believe his main Republican challenger, Mitt Romney (33%), is "too conservative."

Is Barack Obama a Liberal? Well, maybe once upon a time, but today, no way.

Just take a look at the history (and don't feel bad if you're surprised and disappointed. Your author sure was and he should have known better).

The below is from The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama [Viking, $32.95].

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Upon finally clinching the Democratic nomination in June 2008, Barack Obama stood before an excited group of supporters in St. Paul, Minnesota and declared: "We will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth."
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