The Corner

Now He’s Reagan

President Obama has in the past reprised Lincoln and FDR. Now he’s apparently emulating Reagan. There is something odd in this continuous shedding and donning of masks. “Let Reagan be Reagan,” it used to be said. The question today is, “Why can’t Obama be Obama?” Why the need for masks, screens, teleprompters?

Michael Knox Beran — Mr. Beran, a lawyer, is the author of Forge of Empires: Three Revolutionary Statesmen and the World They Made, 1861–1871, among other books.

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