GOP: Obama Is Not Reagan, Yet

Republicans laugh off comparisons of President Obama and the Gipper.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

So we've all heard the Obama-Reagan comparisons. But today, as Congress honored former President Ronald Reagan by unveiling a bronze statue of him in the Capitol Rotunda, some Republicans grumbled at the idea. "You have to run the race before you make those comparisons," says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele also thought it was premature to think President Obama was much like the Gipper. "I think having just come out of the starting block a lot remains to be seen there," Steele says. "I think it's a big leap to make that kind of comparison, so let's just hold on that." So what would the current president have to do to be more like Nancy's "Ronnie"? Says Steele: "Not what he's doing right now, let's put it that way."

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