George Will thinks President Obama has “an inordinate faith in the power of his rhetoric.”
On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” moderator George Stephanopoulos pointed out a recent New York Times article comparing President Barack Obama with former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The article suggested that Johnson would have been more aggressive “to back people up against a wall” to get legislation passed, specifically the recent gun legislation that fell short in the U.S. Senate.
Round-table panelist and Washington Post columnist George Will noted the Times’ fascination with Johnson, but went on to explain why Obama falls short in those comparisons.
“[L]yndon B. Johnson understood that politics as a transactional business — you give something, you get something,” Will said. “This president has an inordinate faith in the power of his rhetoric. He campaigned against Scott Brown, against Chris Christie, against Bob McDonnell, he campaigned hard for the Democratic candidates in 2010. They got shellacked. He campaigned for Obamacare. It’s still very unpopular. His rhetoric is overrated. It is no basis for government.”