We like our presidents to be one of us, a regular person who drinks Bud Light and knows who Taylor Swift is. But the reality is, that's just the packaging. We really want a person who's NOTHING like a normal human.
I suspect those who ever lived under the brutal oppression of truly socialistic regimes must find the denigration of a Democratic administration's efforts to preserve some strands in a social safety net as "socialism" objectionable at best, appalling at worst.
In general, the French President does not appear to be respected as a statesman. The French do not recognize Sarkozy's way of doing things as being familiar, as representing who they are, whether it be on the left or the right.
If Obama wants to be a transformational President like Ronald Reagan, inspiring a new generation of Americans to believe as he does, he would be wise to own the label and change the public perception of it rather than running from it.
When pundits labeled last year's presidential campaign "divisive" and "dirty," I had to laugh. The champion of all dirty races in this century, in fact, was the 1934 contest between Upton Sinclair and Frank Merriam.