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One of the things I love about AJA is that we are reminded that foreign countries are stuffed to the gills with professors who have credible insights. This morning, AJA was talking to a professor from Indonesia who studies American politics who opined that while Obama’s first terms was really Bush’s third term in terms of pro business and pro military policies, this second term, thus far, is really Romney’s first term, speaking in terms of domestic policy. As the professor pointed out, he becomes baffled when he hears Obama state that Republicans should not be objecting to Obamacare, because its really Romneycare, and Romneycare didn’t have a smooth rollout anyway. In other words, while Obama and his supporters want to claim the current healthcare debacle s his signature achievement, he then turns around and gives Romney, the man who he claims to have beaten in 2012, the credit for his signature achievement. As this professor pointed out, Obama stated yesterday that he wants his term to be remembered as the time when gays approached full equality, even as he acknowledged that Romney’s Massachusetts was first, and Obama’s Illinois was 15th, on marriage equality. The failure of this administration, the professor concluded, is that Obama supposedly beat Romney and what Romney stood for, and now seems to determined to cement Romney’s legacy on a national level. Go figure.

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