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Czar Vs. Tsar

Czars. They're just like us. Glenn Beck's been making a huge deal out of Obama's official "Czars," pointing out that Czars are actually scary, autocratic Russian rulers. A bit of research shows he has a real - and frightening - point. Prepare to be shocked by these uncanny comparisons between Obama's Czars and their Russian counterparts.

Posted on September 23, 2009, at 2:57 p.m. ET

  • 1. Nicholas The Bloody Vs. Van Jones

    Nicholas II, nicknamed "The Bloody," published anti-semitic propaganda that caused countless deaths. Obama's "Green Jobs Czar", Van Jones, is also a published author. His book, The Green Collar Economy, is a New York Times bestseller.

  • 2. Ivan The Terrible Vs. Paul Volcker

    Ivan The Terrible was known for periodic outbursts of insane rage, during one of which he murdered his own son. Like Ivan The Terrible, "Economic Czar" Paul Volcker has made disastrous family decisions. Volcker once angered his wife by going fly fishing during their honeymoon.

  • 3. Boris Godunov Vs. R. Gil Kerlikowske

    Boris Godunov suffered from severe paranoia that caused him to persecute "treason" suspects turned in by informants. Obama's "Drug Czar" R. Gil Kerlikowske, is also worried about crime. So worried, in fact, that he serves on the board of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a crime-prevention policy group.

  • 4. Alexandra Romanova Vs. Nancy-Ann Min DeParle

    Alexandra Romanova is known for her love for the mystic Rasputin, a dangerous maniac. Nancy-Ann Min DeParle, Obama's "Health Czar", also has a well-known "lover" - her husband, Jason DeParle, is a reporter for The New York Times.

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