Is President Obama a socialist Why or why not This claim is made about his ideals and goals In what way is there any merit to this label Feel free to list any close hits that are not quite socialism but strongly lean in that direction

Is President Obama a socialist? Why or why not? This claim is made about his ideals and goals. In what way is there any merit to this label? Feel free to list any “close hits” that are not quite socialism, but strongly lean in that direction.

Devil’s advocate here: he did indeed back some ideas bordering on socialist:
So, yes.
Obama has his name on allot of policies that look like corporate welfare, annd helping special interests to prop up certain industries.
While none of this is true total ownership of the means of production, it is government meddling in private industry, which is a socialist idea.
Now, the buck does not stop with Obama.
Other presidents in the past have come closer to true socialism (many Republicans.
) Obama is also not in any way a true socialist.
It just seems like answering with a flat “no” ignores many of Obama’s more socualist leaning policies.

I think your questions has a good point with the extention: “but strongly lean in that direction”.
You are very right to ask about ideals and goals, because even if they cannot change the country, state, etc they will undermine the process and leave an open path to those coming behind them, to futher advance in their ideals, goals, agenda.
Please, note the following: After Bush (son) religious groups felt empowered and tried to push their agenda towards that path within the GOP.
Equivalently, after Obama, socialist groups are trying and suceeding to move the democratic party further to the left.
This is result of a foot print from previous presidents.
In that sense, the person in question is a socialist, even if he could not move the country (in the case of Obama) or the state of Florida (in the case of Andrew Gillum) into it, completely.
Many dreams of a socialist america and some are even active member of the Democratic Socialist Party of America (DSA), e.
g.
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