For a while there, when President Obama was riding high off the passing of the Porkulus plan and his narrow house victory on Cap and Trade, he backed off his standard excuse for each of the nation’s problems; “Bush, Bush,Bush, Bush,Bush, Bush!”
That was before unemployment got up to 9.5%, America discovered that the stimulus plan did not involve “shovel-ready” projects, and the President was pushing a Health Care plan that was nothing more than another attempt at redistributing `income and a new attempt at euthanizing old people.
Now that America is realizing that the “Emperor has no clothes” Obama has returned to the tried and true; “Bush, Bush,Bush, Bush,Bush, Bush!”
Last Thursday’s press conference saw Obama blaming Bush at least nine times, on third of them had the President complaining that he “inherited” a $1.3 trillion debt that has set back his administration’s efforts to fix the economy. Of course he neglected to mention that in the first four months of his tenure he raised the $1.3 to over $2 trillion, a feat unmatched in the history of the US economy.
The Washington Times points out:
With the former president lying low in Dallas, largely focused on crafting his memoirs, Mr. Obama has increasingly attempted to exploit Mr. Bush when discussing the weak economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the difficulty closing the military prison at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Don’t forget that Obama promised a “new era of responsibility” that would transcend partisan politic, that went out the window on day one.
“For a guy who campaigned on taking responsibility and looking forward, he spends an awful lot of time pointing fingers and looking backward,” said former Bush deputy press secretary Tony Fratto, who has begun defending the previous administration.
Obama doesn’t refer to President Bush, its kind of like Voldemort in Harry Potter who was known as “He who must not be named”
In fact, his Web site, whitehouse.gov, recently scrubbed the name of the former president out of a reference to Hurricane Katrina, which once read: “President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.”
Although Mr. Obama’s effort is subtle, his rhetoric is clear. On his first trip overseas, Mr. Obama referred to Mr. Bush’s foreign policy and said the United States has “shown arrogance” and been “dismissive, even derisive.” He said decisions of the past had “lowered our standing in the world.
“There are some mornings I read the news and feel like it’s January 2009 — there are so many stories making the front page about things that President Bush thought about and didn’t do,” said former White House press secretary Dana Perino. “I find it hard to believe that there aren’t more interesting stories affecting Americans in the here and now that can garner that kind of space. But the obsession continues unabated.”
Even when asserting his responsibility for addressing the nation’s problems, Mr. Obama manages to highlight that he was left to deal with others’ missteps. At a town-hall meeting this month in Michigan — the state with the nation’s highest jobless rate — Mr. Obama said that fixing the economy is “a job I gladly accept.” But he added, “I love these folks who helped get us in this mess. And then suddenly say, ‘Oh, this is Obama’s economy.'”
Maybe its time for President Obama to “grow a pair” and take responsible for his own programs and their lack of adding any stimulus to the economy.
To President George W. Bush, for having your “retirement” interrupted by your whiny successor ready to blame anybody but himself, YOU are who Obama Bullied Today.