Obama: One Year Later, It’s Still Bush’s Fault

This rhetoric is getting tired, old and fairly unwelcome from even the most staunch “leg-tingling” Obama sympathizers. The Associated Press just released a story recently raking Obama over the coals for still employing the “Bush’s fault” argument when trying to evade criticism for his failures over the past year.

The AP opines:

WASHINGTON – He says “the buck stops with me,” but nearly a year into office, President Barack Obama is still blaming a lot of the nation’s troubles — the economy, terrorism, health care — on George W. Bush.

Over and over, Obama keeps reminding Americans of the mess he inherited and all he’s doing to fix it. A sharper, give-me-some-credit tone has emerged in his language as he bemoans people’s fleeting memory about what life was like way back in 2008, particularly on the economy.

“Yes, we can”?

Try “Yes, I have.”

While candid about what he called his team’s “screw-up” in the botched Christmas airliner attack, Obama has made a point of underlining all the good he believes his government has done, too.

“Our progress has been unmistakable,” Obama said as the new year began. “We’ve disrupted terrorist financing, cutting off recruiting chains, inflicted major losses on al-Qaida’s leadership, thwarted plots here in the United States and saved countless American lives.”

Yet every time Obama tries to offer a dose of perspective like that, he faces the reality that people live in the moment.

On terrorism, Americans are less concerned about quiet successes than troubling failures, especially one that evoked harrowing memories of Sept. 11, 2001.

On the economy, people prefer good news now, not updates on how things are gradually getting less bad.

The way Obama sees it, the problems he took on — recession, war, health care, a warming planet — were always too huge and complicated to fix that fast.

So he emphasizes progress by taking people back to where he began.

Which means taking them back to Bush.

“I don’t need to remind any of you about the situation we found ourselves in at the beginning of this year,” Obama told people at a Home Depot stop last month. And then he reminded them anyway, detailing a nation in financial free fall when he took office.

The economy now is both groaning and growing.

Gloomy employers just slashed another 85,000 jobs in December, but Obama rarely misses a chance, as he did again Friday, to remind people that, hey, remember the job erosion at the start of the year? About 700,000 a month.

That is true, but it doesn’t matter much to the man or woman who is out of work, a point Obama concedes.

He’s not just trying to give people context. He’s trying to shore up his standing and his party’s, hoping voters will let it all sink in during this big congressional election year.

An overwhelming majority of people say 2009 was a bad year for the country, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. As Democrats head toward midterm elections trying to hang onto control of the House and Senate, half of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Obama needs to show that he gets results. And so he describes a year of overlooked achievement since his predecessor left town, addressing a range of problems: hate crimes, tobacco advertisements toward children, pay disparities for women, abuses by credit card companies and many more.

In other words, change from Bush.

Except for when Obama sounds just like Bush with tough words for the enemy.

“We are destroying training camps, disrupting communications and dismantling air defenses,” Bush said of the mission in Afghanistan in November 2001.

Said Obama this week of terrorists seeking to kill Americans: “We are determined not only to thwart those plans but to disrupt, dismantle and defeat their networks once and for all.”

When Obama got heat for his government’s decision to try the Sept. 11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in a civilian court, he defended it by saying the justice system has handled other recent terror suspects just fine. He spoke of examples during Bush’s administration. “We’ve done this before,” he said.

Even when Obama achieves what he wants, the public doesn’t always seem to share the feeling of success.

The “Blame Bush” argument is childish at this point considering how emphatic candidate-Obama was in claiming that he would do so much better than anything Bush ever did. Now, however, many independent and Democrat voters are losing the fervor they once had for their messiah.

I think voters might, I emphasis might have given him 6 months to hide behind the “blame Bush” argument but no longer is that a valid defense. There comes a time when voters will begin to hold President Obama responsible whether he will admit it or not, which I’m certain he will not.

  • Bill Hedges

    I do tire of giving Presidents all the glory or all the blame. Nothing works that way. Presidents are presented with a set of circumstances. Bush had his. Egghead had his as well. What he does with it make him great. A great President rises above his politics.

    911 was Bush unexpected test of his Presidency. He was forced to action. I do not recall political ideas as important rather what’s best for America security. Rational people can differ on his actions. Just as you can with Churchill and Roosevelt.

    I see obama in a different way.

    Congress affects as well. Didn’t Bush want reform of social programs. Did not Democrats stop it. Now Congress wants to slash. Did Clinton not balance the budget before the Newt revolution ? If true, why does Clinton get the credit for balancing . How many such examples exist.
    ……….
    After Newt’s Republican controlled Congress got elected, Clinton:

    “He accepted the idea of a balanced budget–and then when an economic boom pushed the budget into surplus, he declared that he would pay off the entire national debt.”

    http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=did_clinton_succeed_or_fail

    But I hear Democrats claim the glorious balanced budgets under Clinton just this week. I guess they must lie, what else do they have.
    ……….
    I have posted McCain’s video of him warning long before recession of our economic. Bush warned as well. In 2001, Bush warned and here is proof. Listen to Frank:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMnSp4qEXNM

    Yet obama blames Bush. Ask me why I don’t like obama if you can’t figure it out from this.

    Here is a thought. Put the blame where it belongs.

    No water boarding. No escape-goat.
    ……….

    Did Congress act, you know the answer. Did more regulation occur as asked for ? You know the answer.

    Yet Democrats blame Bush. They add is worse recession, near par with Depression. What a Messiah ! Praise be to him the all mighty. For obama will fix. Why have we not deified the Presidents of the Great Depression and we have had like 8 recessions in our American history. They were not gods. Why this time ?

    What has he done. Let anyone list them. As far as that goes, list Bush’s fault. Let’s see if they can stand scrutiny. My links attached to my obama bashing is evident on this site. Few times are they refuted.

    Yes recession occurred on Bush’s watch, after he warned we were in trouble ! Congress, especially Frank, dismissed the idea. No reform needed for F/F. This of course dealing with housing woes that lead to this Congress man-made recession. Housing woes is Congress reckless behavior, emphases on Democrats. Had Congress reformed with more and better regulation as Bush and McCain suggested, our ‘near Depression’ could have been override /minimized and a hallo placed above Bush’s skull. Not with protestor outside his home now.

    Not finding weapons of mass destruction has clouded Bush in the Iraq war. Yet don’t we know of mass murders there ? Don’t we know of attempts to buy hardware for nuclear production. Had Bush lied about reports on that activity, Democrats would have had hearings proving the deceptions ? Even impeachment . They didn’t. Instead, cheap unsubstantiated allegations. Add to that CIA was not investigated as to why bad information was given or if true. Would that not be security lax. A major event in days after 911. I don’t remember investigation. Appears Bush’s claims to be true by lack of action by Congress. Another unsubstantiated Bush bash.

    From Article:

    “Over and over, Obama keeps reminding Americans of the mess he inherited and all he’s doing to fix it. A sharper, give-me-some-credit tone has emerged in his language as he bemoans people’s fleeting memory about what life was like way back in 2008, particularly on the economy.”

    In 2001 Bush attempted stop, but was crossed by Democrats. Which would have left obama in better conditions than he inherited economically.

    Bush did not listen to Senator obama and got troupes increased, and left Iraq in great shape for President obama.

    So yes obama, let’s look at the real “fleeting memory about what life was like way back in 2008, particularly on the economy.”

    Not your convenient self-serving deity promoting fantasy world.

    “Our progress has been unmistakable,” Obama said as the new year began. “We’ve disrupted terrorist financing, cutting off recruiting chains, inflicted major losses on al-Qaida’s leadership, thwarted plots here in the United States and saved countless American lives.”

    Obama has dismantled some of Bush’s inter-structure and developed some of his own. To deny or give all credit to obama is unrealistic. Events happening in just one year in office is hard to swallow that he gets all credits.

    Example, drones began under Bush. Unless obama had stopped the program instead of adding drones, is kind of presumptuous to take full credit.

    Another example is the big financial web for terrorist which came to light under obama. obama had no play in that. Bush emphases on terrorist investigation created the mechanism and made it a proity. This terrorist money breakup was underway way before obama was elected. Our agency was doing their job.

    Obama wishes to without sowing the seeds reap the harvest (take credit).

    “I don’t need to remind any of you about the situation we found ourselves in at the beginning of this year,” Obama told people at a Home Depot stop last month. And then he reminded them anyway, detailing a nation in financial free fall when he took office.”

    I have previously stated I felt Bush’s financial help to institutions along with the Feds influx of dollars was a necessary evil. The resulting improvements in stock market is proof. Let me add it can not be immediate, it occurred months later. A economic reality & historic fact that it takes time.

    Because of the circumstance Bush reacted correctly in my opinion. Had financial institutions failed, a real great depression was imminent. Was it necessary for obama to provide more help there, I can not say for certainty. Though AIG should been allowed to go under or bankruptcy.

    I will argue aggressively against car company, etc. bail-outs. Add the wasteful $trillion stimulus pork filled programs. Political malfeasants dictated obama’s actions.

    “The economy now is both groaning and growing.”

    So partial true. Worsened by obama agenda. Not made better. Obama stunned growth.

    Both Democrat and Republican Presidents have used appropriate tax cuts and smaller government to increase government revenue. By-product is lowering unemployment through business expansion.

    Obama’s fiasco is to deaden growth. His plan is to make uncertain the cost of doing business. Obama wants to unionize raising labor cost. Raise taxes directly and indirectly. Burdens that put business on hold or out of business. Not cause to open or expand.

    If I assume this health care is best thing since sliced bread (which I do not) it does not go into effect until 2013-2015. Why the wait if it save cost to businesses. This way it only add costs. Must keep present health care cost plus add taxes that go in effect at time of passing.

    Obama other plans are to raise energy cost. Businesses barely making it and unable to pass on higher prices are gone. Only a fool adds employees in this atmosphere without due consideration.

    So on an so on obama agenda is anti business.

    http://www.heritage.org/research/taxes/wm327.cfm

    “Except for when Obama sounds just like Bush with tough words for the enemy.

    “We are destroying training camps, disrupting communications and dismantling air defenses,” Bush said of the mission in Afghanistan in November 2001.”

    “Said Obama this week of terrorists seeking to kill Americans: “We are determined not only to thwart those plans but to disrupt, dismantle and defeat their networks once and for all.”

    All the words my be true, obama got them at unnecessary cost of our men’s lives. As well as limiting their possibility for success.

    Obama’s actions in Afgan contradicts themselves and angers tribal leaders. In recent article I pointed out with links that drones kill citizens. A solder in the field would likely receive a court marital for doing what drones do. I give their Rules of Engagement. Even tribal leaders want the ‘silk groves’ taken off.

    Obama is no Bush. We’re paying for that.

    I hate to see obama paraphase Truman. Truman was a man of high ideas. His words meant something.

    Near one year ago obama was elected on attacking Bush. Especially on economy. The truth of which can not be substantiated that Bush caused. Haven’t seen it done here. To the contrary, proof is put into the laps of Democrats with little argument.

    Calculated in broken promises and the misrepresentation by obama, another President should be in office.

    Egghead has not risen beyond his politics. He revels in it… A great President he will never never be. As polls show, his agenda is a disappointment.

    A proven liar.

  • JD

    Personally, I didn’t get the whole “raking Obama over the coals” story…when I read the article it seemed more of a piece on political stategy.

    Any who, I think past presidents should be used in the context of thier programs. I.E. for examples or holding policies accountable because that is what the history books remember of presidents.

    There is no doubt that who ever won the 2008 elections was getting handed a box of garbage with plenty of blam to pass around.

  • Bill Hedges

    So perhaps the greatest orator of recent years became a more Conservative President. Of course Bill Clinton is a opportunist.

    With failed health care his legacy was not looking good. He lost his law degree but failed to be impeach. Long time girl chaser was getting caught. Arkansas land deal blow up, investigations, lost papers, Clinton people leaving Country to avoid testifying, and health care failure would be his hallmark. Bill was in a predictument with new determined Republican Congress..

    Newt and his henchmen were following their creed that they were elected on. Like 5 times balanced budget was brought to him for signature, before Clinton finally reneged and signed into law.

    Out of political necessity Clinton joined the ranks of Republican party. As shown in quote. Bill knows how to ride a run away train. He will take to task as his own. Though clearly not. Newt changed old way President Clinton agenda. With zeal he plans to pay off national debt. With the money Newt and the boys got in balancing the budget, reforming programs, less government, and business friendly government.

    Now on Fox Democrats praise Clinton’s balanced budget. In the short time space allowed they get away with their untruths. If corrected each time, few Democrats would appear on Fox shows. This I hate about Fox. But then, I can not write everything in one comment. So I forgive Fox. They’re the best on the air or cable. O’Reilley # 1 for 52 weeks ! Can you believe that ???

    Another Democrat President was a closet Conservative. JFK.

    In my third link from first comment, President Kennedy lowered taxes and reaped increased revenues.

    The Camelot theme was attributed to obama and his family. But not much on JFK’s politics. Now we know why.

    I must bring up Father Bush. He and Bill now a days do some charity work together. As some blame son Bush for his bail outs, Father Bush hung himself with not following through with “read my lips.”

    So today obama may or may not get his health care bill passed. It has the weird concept of not kicking in for years but starts collecting indirect taxes once passed. Hidden, maybe people will not notice. How sneaking can you try to be. And the whole thing of health care is the masses need cheap, affordable, health care. Must pass now.

    Pathetically is not cheaper, diverts cost to medcare by raising eligibility, robs citizen funded medicare more which nearly broke, adds to roles of medicad, may be illegal, and partially new paid-for-service post pond until after next Presidential election.

    Us racist (as Jimmy Carter calls us) are bewildered that a few ignore flaws of what little we know of this phantom bill. And the many, many polls as does much of Congress.

    I heard a Congressman say recently that once we read this bill we will be ‘pleasantly surprised’. I would simple like obama’s promises of transparency and CSPAN coverage. That’s what he was elected on.

    The similarity between Clinton and Obama are not striking. Yet. Obama’s shady past, involvement with Acorn, and other factors could change all that. Most glowing possibility is obama may be forced to the right if health fails and/or Republican party controls Congress.

    In my second link, Greenspan warned Congress of possible troubles with F/F. This has been ignored to cast blame away from Congress unto him.

    I would not clear Greenspan of all blame, but he clearly warned Congress. The desire for affordable housing for the poor, opened the gates to many atrocities such as sub-prime. Barney Frank was wheeling the power. He also tried and succeeded in silencing Greenspan, Bush and McCain’s warnings thanks to Democrats votes.

    The new reform of financial regulation is of all people, Barney Frank. The one who stopped measures that would have lessened/ stopped dead in it’s tracks our recession. GO FIGURE…

  • Bill Hedges

    Wrong JD… Check title of article…

    From Nate’s article:

    “The Associated Press just released a story recently raking Obama over the coals for still employing the “Bush’s fault” argument when trying to evade criticism for his failures over the past year.”

    JD wrote:

    “Personally, I didn’t get the whole “raking Obama over the coals” story…when I read the article it seemed more of a piece on political stategy.”

    So JD, I guess “political stategy” is blaming Bush in your eyes. Obama goes after Bush, I show unjustified.

    If you read my comment you might see I took quotes from Nates article and responded.

    I also disputed with links that things obama blamed Bush for was not Bush’s fault.

    But good (not really, joking) idiotic try at dismissing my comment.

    Nate wrote”

    “The “Blame Bush” argument is childish at this point considering how emphatic candidate-Obama was in claiming that he would do so much better than anything Bush ever did. Now, however, many independent and Democrat voters are losing the fervor they once had for their messiah.”

    Notice Nate wrote “blaming Bush” not what you said, “I read the article it seemed more of a piece on political stategy.”

    I do not expect you to get it.

  • Bill Hedges

    Besides JD, I will put obama over the hot coals anytime I want. Which is nearly daily here. On or off topic of article and if you don’t like report me. Nate’s email address is at top of page.

    You can prove me wrong anytime you can back it up with evidence. Good luck in that endeavor.

  • JD

    Yeah!! You tell that JD guy what is up Bill! I am in your court on that…JD is a Jerk.

  • Why can’t we all just get along?

    NOT!!!

    I just wish we could find somebody that would stop preaching, blaming and misdirecting (as most of the last 10 presidents or so have done) and start fixing the problems in this country.

    Eric

    NJ Camping

  • Bill Hedges

    Yeah that jd is a liar, JD_ Non-repentant plagiarist…

    Doesn’t understand english as well. His comprehension is horrible.

  • JD

    Totally.

  • Bill Hedges

    JD_ Non-repentant plagiarist, who even denies being himself. Who can blame him.

    So glad to see how upset my !st comment upset you. I figure was longest comment I have seen here.

    I know it was very good. Your reaction only confirms that.

    You might like to know I did not steal anybody else’s words to write it.

    Obama is a liar… I prove it…

  • JD

    Yeah, you are awesome Bill! I am thinking 2012 could be the year for you to run for president! I know you have all the answers for sure.

  • Bill Hedges

    JD_ Non-repentant plagiarist

    I have seen a similar comment somewhere else. Did you steal the above comment ?

    Hope you enjoy this back and forth, that you started. I rather write political comments, but, as you wish.

    You have a complicity of doing so…

  • Bill Hedges

    Maybe just for a change of pace JD, you could find fault with something I wrote concerning politics and we could discuss.

    Maybe just maybe you could write a political comment.

    It appears you are vindictive. Unable to disprove my political comments, you attack me. Seems petty.

    There is another here who will talk nice to you. Feel your pain. Boost your ego. I am not him.

    I prove what I say. When I say obama is a liar, I back it with facts. Is that why you are vengeful toward me ? You can’t disprove it.

    I don’t make unsubstantiated obama cuts. As was done to Bush. When it was Bush catching criticism all was well in the world for you.

    Frustrates you I guess…

  • JD

    Man, you are good bill! You know me so well! I guess it is time for me to hang my had up and call it a day. I mean with that you contribute to this board, I don’t think there is room for anyone to leave a comment.

    Oddly, enough, my comment was actually directed at Nate’s orginal story and had noting to do with you. But it is interesting that your mind went there…says a lot.

  • Bill Hedges

    JD

    I suppose I could answer you. Repeat again what I have repeated to you countless times to no avail.

    Anyone who is a plagiarist on a non-paying political site needs help.

    Your use of sarcasm as defense mechanism is a bore. It only hurts you and I’m fine with that. I’m not your social worker.

    Instead I’ll write political comments and you do what you do. I should stop enabling you though no matter what you say. Not a prudent & polite thing for me to do.

    Just don’t expect me to have empathy towards you. Ignoring your snide remarks is best I will offer. The rest of getting help you must get elsewhere or do without.

  • JD

    Man, that is all I can ask for. Lets make a deal, I promise not to reply on your comments if you promise to do the same.

    It is the adult thing to do. Lets bring peace to the middle east.

  • Bill Hedges

    Sure, I don’t respond to your snide remarks. You seem to always start. As on this article.

    I do discuss political comments as I always do. Yours or anybody elses. Is purpose of this site.

    That’s how big boys behave…

  • Jeremy

    Mr. Bill Hedges is a reason i don’t come to this site much anymore. His ability to take everything personal, try to shove it in your face, and personally attack anyone that may have an opposing view is just… meh. Now I come back in hopes to read what used to be educated discussion on a site that I used to visit daily only to see that now Mr. Hedges is writing articles. *sigh*, might have to take my quick link to this site off of my Explorer toolbar.