"President Obama begins his second year in the White House with such anemic approval ratings, you'd think he was another Ronald Reagan: Among recent presidents, only the Gipper had fallen so low in the esteem of voters at this stage of his presidency," wrote columnist Eugene Robinson. "In the end, things worked out rather well for Reagan — a landslide re-election, success in changing the course of the nation and the world, canonization by the Republican Party."Robinson said that the Obama White House is right not to panic but that "there are important lessons from the past year that Obama and his team had better learn if he is to achieve his goal of being a 'transformational' president like Reagan." One lesson is to better control the "message" war with Republicans. "The administration's opponents are defining the issues in the minds of voters," Robinson wrote. "That’s something the Great Communicator never would have allowed."