Krauthammer: Obama declared official ‘end of Reaganism’

Charles Krauthammer spoke to Fox News’ Brett Baier Monday, offering excellent commentary on President Obama’s inaugural address.

Krauthammer said that though the speech was not “memorable,” it was historically important, because it called for a change in the ideological direction of the country, the virtual end of the era of “Reaganism.”

At the beginning of President Ronald Reagan’s Jan. 20, 1981, inaugural speech, the president said famously, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Krauthammer said Obama’s address was a “rebuke of that entire idea. This speech today was an ode to big government, it was a hymn to big government.”

“He outlined the liberal agenda, the big government agenda of the future,” Krauthammer said. “Remarkably, there is an absence of any mention of the economy, of deficits, of what outsiders would say is the great challenge of our time…there is nothing of that in this speech. Obama has zero interest in that.

“This speech was a declaration the era of big government is back: ‘I’m [Obama] the man who will do it.’”

Watch Krauthammer’s commentary here:

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"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
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  • http://naner52@hotmail.com Chuck Ross

    I hope that what you ask for is worth the price that you are going to pay. Big government is not the answer, when a government get that big to give you everything it will be big enough to take it away. I am glad that I am not my grandchildren they will feel all the pain of our actions. One day will be the day that the bill has to be paid.

    When you take God out of our way of life then all you have left is sorrow.

  • Libby

    Hahaha jeezus I can't stand Fox's absolute manipulation of the masses… What the hell do you mean by "Reaganism"?? Most of your viewers won't know anything about it except that they're supposed to like it — implying that Reaganism is a synonym for prosperity when, for 80% of the population, it is not. News flash, Fox News: most people's standard of life went DOWN during Reagan's crusade against common sense.

    • Bev

      Libby – you are full of #%&*! I don't know where you were during the Reagan years but I recall everyone getting back on track after the hillbilly left the White House! Do you remember the 1/2 hour comedy – Carter Country? Even Hollywood had to laugh at who was in office. Maybe before 2016 there will be a comedy called Obama Country! Go back under your rock Libby!

      • Libby

        Try reading a book or an article once in a while — Reagan's administration essentially served to trick the middle class into voting 'red' based on archaic religious values while the economic agenda became more and more self-serving, creating the extreme chasm between the 'middle class' and the wealthy we see today. Tuition rates went up while business taxes went down. Reagan was an actor, nothing more. Other people were pulling the strings while he left the decisions to his astrologist.

  • Joseph Jr.

    Wow for a woman who was too sick to be questioned about the Libya incident killing 4 Americans looks healthy and happy as hell. Obama hasn't seen resistance yet. The American people will not stay quiet much longer watching this self centered narcissistic pathological lying sociopath ruin our country. He is the reincarnation of Hitler for sure. Evil now runs this country. How many are willing to do whatever is necessary to keep our freedoms? I hope over 200 million!

  • Richard Avallone

    It was stunning to watch President Obama swear on two bibles. One from Abraham Lincoln, and the other from Martin Luther King JR. He claims these are two of the most influential people in his life. I could understand M.L.K. because of the great social injustice to the African Americans he helped to right. What I can't understand is the influence of President Lincoln beyond the ending of slavery. In the end Lincoln brought the country together. This president is a divider. I could only surmise by his speech that he wants his legacy to be one of healing social wrongs, such as gay marriage and the wealthy paying their fair share, among other inconsequential matters. He does not care about the amount of dept we are incurring. He does not care about foreign policy beyond sending in a drone strike whenever he deems fit. He claims to care about the military but intends to gut it by two trillion dollars which we leave it weak, frail and unprepared for battle. I am amazed that he got re-elected when recent poles indicate that people are unhappy with our direction by 80%. More disturbing is Benghazi. We have not had any truthful answers since it happened. Hilary will now finally testify about the terrorist attack. Will she tell the truth? We impeached a president for shredding documents. We impeached another for infidelity in the oval office. Yet four dead Americans on the anniversary of 911 goes unreported for the most part by the media. The presidents inaugural speech was full of air and gave no hope or solutions for the real issues facing America. Maybe he is saving it for his State of the Union.