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Is Obama another Woodrow Wilson?

John Steele Gordon has a short blog in Commentary comparing President Obama and Woodrow Wilson. He focuses mostly on political and biographical similarities, which turn out to be pretty remarkable in many ways. Take a look.

What he doesn't talk much about are the philosophical similarities, on which many contributors and friends of this blog have already done great work. To mention just three: their particular understanding of Christianity, their progressive political ideas, and their commitment to democratic deliberation organized around a leader who turns the people into a "public" by giving them new goals and aspirations. I think we can't understand either president - or what Obama will do in the next two years - without understanding these basic parts of their political outlook.
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