November 3rd, 2012
04:40 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: What history might tell us about the presidential election

"Fareed Zakaria GPS" this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

The United States is about to elect its president. But what would the rest of the world like to see? Fareed assembles a global panel of thinkers to tackle the issue, including: From Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. From Paris, Dominique Moisi, one of France’s great public intellectuals and writers. In Tel Aviv, Ari Shavit is a senior correspondent at Haaretz. And here in New York, GPS hears from Rula Jebreal, who has been a writer and journalist in both Israel and Italy.

Then, the other “election” – why China’s upcoming leadership change is so important.

And finally, a history lesson: how the past holds lessons for the present. Fareed convenes a panel of distinguished U.S. presidential historians for their take on the 2012 race for the White House, including Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

“Reagan had the gift of putting over hard, provocative policy statements with a sweetness and personal presentation, a niceness about him, that somehow diffused the hardness of these positions,” Morris says. “If he had become president when he first ran in 1976, I think the world would have been a very dangerous place, because this nice guy was saying things and intending to do things to the Soviet Union which would probably have brought on a real international stress. History came to our rescue and delayed Reagan's election until a later time, when he became more philosophical and more diplomatic.”

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  1. Tyrone


    There is something operating in the minds of some white Romney’s supporters! That “something’ is white racism white hatred and white stupidity! The power of white racism is controlling the decision of some white voters! Some white Romney’s supporters are willing to over look that Mitt Romney. Was a one term Governor that rank 47 in job creation that left the state billions in debt! Some white Romney’s supporters are willing to over look that Mitt Romney. Join a racist cult religion that practice discrimination against black people. Also the Mormon religion participates in child molesting of 12 year old. Fifty year old Mormon men can marry as many 12 year old girls as they like. The religion also believe in baptizing the dead and magic underwear! White evangelical Christian are willing to vote against GOD principals purely base on white racism!

    The so-call Christian evangelist Billy Graham has taken public steps to embrace Mitt Romney for President, removing Romney’s Mormon religion from a list of cults on his website. That had been there for years! And taking out an advertisement that appears to urge people to vote for Romney. Graham’s Evangelistic Association removed the word Mormon from its website, where it used to be listed along with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientology as a cult. Rev. Graham is a hypocrite and has shown his hatred for President Obama. Even questioning whether President Obama is a Muslim. Along with Pat Robertson Rev. Graham both had call the Mormon religion a cult! Both Graham and Robertson prove that white racism is more powerful then their so-call Christian beliefs!

    White hatred has alway made white American vote against the country and other American base purely on HATE! It’s the very reason America is not going forward or recovering from the recession Republican cause! Some white Romney’s supporters are willing to over look that Paul Ryan. Participating in a meeting a day before President Obama took office! Planning to sabotage the country and the Presidency of President Obama. They discuss “Voter Suppression Laws” and suppressing any money that would give. American home owners relief that homes were underwater. In other words just like the terrorist on 9/11 these 15 white Republican plotted against the country. Remember Paul Ryan is a tax paid by being at the meeting Ryan was participating in treason!!!

    The 15 Republicans were in a sombre mood as they gathered at the Caucus Room in Washington, an upscale restaurant where a New York strip steak costs $51. Attending the dinner were House members Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Pete Sessions. From the Senate were Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, Jim DeMint, John Ensign and Jon Kyl. Others present were former House Speaker and future – and failed – presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and the Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who organized the dinner and sent out the invitations.

    White stupidity is the total fact that some white Americans are willing to vote against their own best interest! After hearing from Mitt Romney that he could careless about 47% of Americans!“STILL” some white Americans will vote for Mitt Romney and against 47% of Americans! After hearing that Mitt Romney’s five point plan “DOES NOT” add UP! Simple math would allowed any person with one working brain cell to know Mitt Romney “DOES NOT” add UP! Yet some white “STILL” are voting for Romney! After all the lying and Flip Flopping on issue after issue . Some whites are willing to vote for a pure liar and against the country and President Obama. Purely base on HATRED” of the first black President!

    November 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • steve

      Look at the mirror buddy boy .

      97% of all Black votes will go to Obama. If racism isn't alive and well in black people , you are not facing the truth.
      If the 2 candidates ran with a bag over their head and w/o stating a party they are affiliated with, most black people voting ,would not vote and the ones that would vote, would vote pretty equal down the middle.

      Go out and ask black people in the street on certain stances that Romney believes in and that Obama doesn't support, but don't tell the people those are Romney stances but rather they are Obamas, I assure you they won't change their vote away from Obama.

      As for Romney being in a racist cult, last I heard Obama sat in a church and proceeded to sit , where the Reverend said "God damn America" pretty Patriotic.

      Stacey Dash didn't put color in her judgement of who she wants for President , she got killed by black people for it . Its quite funny that Stacey is in a minority among black people , who is voting for Romney and she can't get supported by the majority of black people for having a different opinion. It was white liberals who stuck up for black people , because they were in the minority and that everyone's opinions mattered no matter how small . The hypocrisy is incredulous .

      November 4, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
      • Sam


        November 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  2. 100 % ETHIO

    Why someone would like to be President, since the path is painful? Always looking upon the shoulder and the family members will follow?

    War is bad as a hell!
    It is painful!


    As American, we lost war with Nature, but we won on People.

    Planet Earth = The Blood Bath, in war times.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • deniz boro

      Etho that is what I have been wandering too. I mean take any job...and when you have a successful career and a satisfactory life, and have done all the things you wanted to do in both, you kind of turn to your garden, your grandchildren and your hobies. I always look at these people who want yet another position in life with a checklist in my mind (not only those running for presidency or a ministry or to be the head of the county's ..... club). Is it for money? Is it for a position they crave for (perhaps because of childhood traumas)? Are they forced to it and can not just quit (Maybe like Assad)? Or do they have an ideology they have not yet achived? I think the first tree are relatively undangerous. But the last one can go both ways. Is the ideology all right? That is the hardest thing to decide. Because when you are taking a part in an ideology you are also taking the responsibility in its results. When this ideology is symbolies by a man alone it brings out all the mistakes of the world's history. When it has the power of majority of votes behind it, it becomes the the choice of a nation. Anyway, I'lll be glad when all of this is over. People like me do not feel confortable in being forced to think or in making decisions

      November 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  3. deniz boro

    "...Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. From Paris, Dominique Moisi, one of France’s great public intellectuals and writers. In Tel Aviv, Ari Shavit is a senior correspondent at Haaretz. And here in New York, GPS hears from Rula Jebreal,..." A discussion without an Islam specialist?... I take Fareed is impartial.
    Regardless; such a program will both be educative and enjoyable.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  4. Dan

    Tyrone get a life

    November 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  5. svpyadav

    Respected Mr. Fareed Jakaria Garu,
    I deigested entire U.S political scenario, conclution is,

    November 4, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  6. j. von hettlingen

    Indeed, the world would have been a dangerous one, were Reagan elected in 1976. It's unclear what this belligerent figure hated most – Russia or communism! The GOPs today are his disciples and it would be interesting, where they would take the US to, should Romney be president!

    November 4, 2012 at 5:29 am | Reply
  7. Bob Singerline

    It is 10:15am EST, I am an Independent in Ohio, and I am watching GPS discussions regarding international perspective on the election. Fareed, come on, your opening comments and your selection of four pro Obama international guests! You insult the intelligence of the American people. We are looking for real non-partisan reporting. CNN has been doing a good job of being centered on its reporting. You should be ashamed. I can’t handle it anymore I have to change the channel.

    November 4, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • steve

      Look up the word " Fareed Democrat " & in fairness "Fareed Republican" on the CNN search. The first 2 things that come up in relation to this is an advertisement of him with the Democrats. Its quite funny, it says on 1 site , Fareed Zacharia "Independent Journalist". He's independent in giving everyone one sided journalism !

      To bad he didn't play with his own rules .

      November 4, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  8. steve

    Fareed assembles his usual lefty panel .

    He puts a guy from the Newspaper Haraeritz , who endorsed Obama and who mentions as if Israel were neutral on their stance on who they want to be President . Nothing is further from the truth . The Israeli people are overwhelmingly in favor of Romney becoming President by a 35% difference according to Tel Aviv Poll (57% to 22%)

    Fareed brings on people to give an analysis on things is equal to bringing in a 9/11 truther to analyze on who was responsible for 9/11, their belief is in the minority , but they believe they are the majority , because they surround themselves with like minded people.

    Fareed's legitimacy as a responsible fact based program has made himself an embarrassment to CNN , who use to fairly in the middle. Time for him to move MSNBC .

    November 4, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  9. Bridgette

    Isaacson brags about his work in New Orleans. The education reform there is a joke and the charter schools systems there score second to last, 69 out of 70, in the entire state. Even with KIPP schools and others cherry picking the better students and kicking out the less desirable students, very few of them really made great strides at improving the education of the poor children in NOLA. There is nothing to brag about there. All they did was strip the public schools of funding and pay privateers hundreds of thousands as consultants who did nothing for children. Shame on Fareed for promoting that ALEC agenda.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  10. Fred Noll

    Correction to today's show. The two Grover Cleveland Presidential terms were not separated by Chester A. Arthur, but rather by Benjamin Harrison.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  11. Cole Dawson

    Enjoy your commentary, but you need a little fact-checking on your quiz. Cleveland's two terms were interrupted by Benjamin Harrison, not Chester Arthur. Arthur became president when Garfield was assassinated in his first term.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  12. Richard Bouhan

    The president who served between Grover Cleveland was not Chester A. Arthur as stated, It was Benjamin Harrison.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  13. Anant Kumar

    why cant CNN be balanced. This is not white vs rest like the last blog. America is the only country where hard work is valued and you can achieve your dreams. All these socialist policies promoted by ALL CNN reporters are so off reality. Work hard and not be dependent on the goverment for its largesse. Where would that come from??? from those who have strived hard and are now are succesful. and now you want to penalise them.
    give people tools not someone elses hard earned money.
    we need a a tax policy where everyone contributes not 5 percent paying over 70 percent taxes. Let everyone contribute something for this country. How can half of the population not even pay any taxes. Cant they pay a token something. This class war fare is sickening. Let everyone sacrifice something.
    Why is the whole off CNN an Obama mouthpiece.
    Jounaalists are to report , not act like spin masters.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  14. Anant Kumar

    i have decided to stop watching Fareed Zakaria. He is so one sided. Can you not have at least one centrist on your panel. ALL LEFTIES.
    Does the entire CNN crew including unreliable sources and the rest, Candy crowley who even twisted the facts during the debates, Soledad leftie O'Brien and the Communist Dana Bash have even a little common sense. This One sided reporting will HURT ALL OF YOU.
    You are mocking our intelligence.
    CAN you not be balanced in your narrative

    November 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  15. Vehoc

    When people accusing down-the-middle journalists, like those at CNN, of bias, it usually means that the accuser is biased. It is not the objective of journalism to pander to political whimsy.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  16. RebeccaT

    Silly error on today's program: President Benjamin Harrison served between the two Grover Cleveland presidencies, not Chester Arthur. CA was the VP who became president upon the death of James Garfield, and served prior to Cleveland.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  17. Copycats INC

    CNN should stop featuring this imported copycat.

    We have a lot of native talk heads already, use them.

    November 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  18. Just the Facts

    I hope Fareed has that foxy Arab-Israeli chick Jabreal on some more. Nice eye candy! But the poor dear, in her zeal to damn George Bush, conveniently omitted the fact that Bush TRIPLED the amount of AIDS relief for Africa.... to $15 BILLION. Miserly Bill Clinton, prior to impeachment, thought a zillion infected Africans were only worth $5 billion. By Democat and Euro Trash standards, that makes Clinton "a racist." Buongiorno!

    November 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  19. Muin

    I know president is touting killing laden but I'm not sure if it's that advantageous for him. If laden were alive, we all know he would keep sending videos because that's all he could do b4 death. And Obama team could release it just b4 election just like Bush used to do before election.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
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  21. J. David Auner

    without Congress, Obama could pardon all drug offenders back to the 30's – in the process, kill the for-profit prison industry and push back ALEC. Why not look into the waste and lack of effect of the for profit treatment industry mess?

    November 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply

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