Well, in a sense. Here were some of his remarks today at the government University of Michigan graduation:
"It troubles me when I hear people say that all of government is inherently bad," said Obama, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree. "For when our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it conveniently ignores the fact in our democracy, government is us."
The government-loving AP headlines the story, "Obama Takes Direct Aim at Anti-Government Rhetoric," and implies that Obama is talking about Palin and the Tea Parties. But the neocon Palin loves the government, as do the Tea Parties and the Republicans, even if they dissent on its current size, or actually just its current officeholders. Conservatives, liberals, neocons, socialists, communists, national socialists, social democrats, fascists, regime libertarians: all love and defend some or many aspects of government.
Who actually, in Obama's phrase, thinks "all of government is inherently bad"? Just Rothbardian anarcho-capitalists, who are "anti-war, anti-state, pro-market," in the LRC phrase. The state, as Obama implies, feels itself weakened by the reaction to its mass murder, mass looting, mass redistribution, and mass counterfeiting and subsequent economic depression. There has never been a state so big and so rapacious as the US, and the more people who begin to see through its propaganda, the more silly speeches to government audiences the government leader will try to give. The supremely rich taxing-killing machine is "us"? What blithering nonsense. The government is a separate, leech-like entity that lives by lies and aggression off the rest of us, and impoverishes us in the process, not to mention taking our freedom and destroying all that is good in human society. But Barack: we're not taking it anymore. Read Murray N. Rothbard and Étienne de La Boétie if you want to know what that means.
UPDATE from Mark M.:
Gotta love this subhead from The Daily Caller:
Don't Call Me A Socialist
Obama: socialist label is like comparing the gov't to a 'murderous regime'