Obama sings Reagan's praises

Huffington Post passes on the news about a recent interview with the Reno Journal Gazette where Obama had nice things to say about the Reagan presidency:

"I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. They felt like with all the excesses of the 60s and the 70s and government had grown and grown but there wasn't much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think he tapped into what people were already feeling. Which is we want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing." -- Barack Obama

I'm with Edwards on this one:

"When you think about what Ronald Reagan did to the American people, to the middle class to the working people...He was openly -- openly-- intolerant of unions and the right to organize. He openly fought against the union and the organized labor movement in this country...He openly did extraordinary damage to the middle class and working people, created a tax structure that favored the very wealthiest Americans and caused the middle class and working people to struggle every single day. The destruction of the environment, you know, eliminating regulation of companies that were polluting and doing extraordinary damage to the environment...I can promise you this: this president will never use Ronald Reagan as an example for change."-- John Edwards

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