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Will Obama's populist message win him votes next year?

Business Times - 13 Dec 2011


Will Obama's populist message win him votes next year?

The US president seems to be picking up the political mantle of the legendary Theodore Roosevelt in recent days

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

PRESIDENT Theodore Roosevelt is one of the three most revered Republican presidents in US history (the other two being Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan) which raises an interesting question: why is Democratic President Barack Obama trying to sound like that Republican president as he prepares to confront his Republican challenger next year?

But then it is doubtful that TR would be celebrated by present-day conservative Republicans. He was, in fact, a self-proclaimed 'progressive' who had rallied against the big corporations and financial institutions of his day and admonished Americans to promote more social and economic equality. The populist message advanced by 'Teddy' would be decried today by the likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin as…