Blaming Bush No Longer an Acceptable Excuse

Blaming Bush No Longer an Acceptable Excuse

The Radionian
by Ashton Pittman, Opinions Editor
March 2010, Volume 86, No. 5

A year after Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, he is still blaming everything on the 43rd president, George W. Bush. No matter what the topic, whether it is the economy, foreign policy, or international relations, Obama always pulls out the “blame it on Bush” card to deflect attention away from himself. Obama cannot seem to make it through a speech without referring to “the mistakes of the last eight years” at least once.
When Scott Brown won the special election in Massachusetts to become the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts in more than half a century, Obama and other Democrats were not willing to concede that, as the polls showed, the key to Scott Brown’s victory was voter anger at the policies and actions of Obama and his party.
No, President Obama knew better. He told ABC that “the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office, people are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”
Translation? “Voters were still so angry at George W. Bush, a Republican President, that they elected a Republican to office in Massachusetts.” Right.
Aside from being to blame for Democrats losing elections, Bush is also apparently solely responsible for the 2009 budget that included a one-year deficit of more than $1 trillion. In his State of the Union Address, Obama lambasted the budget that was approved by Congress while Bush was still in office. Conveniently, he forgets to mention that he voted in favor of that same budget while he was still a senator. In fact, the 2009 budget was approved almost exclusively by Democrats in Congress with only two Republicans voting in its favor.
Still, in hindsight Obama seems to have decided that the budget he voted for was a bad idea, so he shifts the blame to Bush by saying that it happened “before I walked in the door.” It seems that Obama only takes credit for his decisions when they turn out well.
Obama also continues to blame Bush for the overall state of the economy. While this might sound acceptable, since Bush was the President for eight years, Obama misses one key fact: Bush, ridiculed by the media as “inept” and “stupid,” had been warning about the impending dangers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose failure acted as a catalyst for the 2008 economic collapse, since 2001.
Every year of his Presidency since then, Bush urged Congress to pass reform that would regulate Fannie and Freddie. But Congress, of which the Democrats took complete control in 2006, refused to listen. So if Obama wants to blame anyone, he should blame Congress for not heeding the warnings and the efforts of the Bush administration to stop the impending disaster. But he won’t; he was a part of Congress from 2004-2008.
Bush has been silent since leaving office, refusing to openly criticize the President, saying that Obama “deserves my silence” and that he has enough critics. “I love my country a lot more than I love politics,” Bush said last year. “I think it is essential that he be helped in office.”
Unfortunately for Bush, Obama seems to relish politics. He built his 2008 campaign on blaming Bush, a strategy that worked at the time. He has constantly been in campaign mode since taking office, holding onto the notion that everything is Bush’s fault in order to attempt to sway the public, constantly referring to the “mess he inherited” and “the last eight years.”
Perhaps, Mr. President, after one year in office, you should consider that one of those past eight years, filled with an $800 billion dollar stimulus package, healthcare reform legislation, terrorist attacks, security failures, lost elections and diplomatic disasters now belongs to you. Muster the same kind of dignity and class that Bush has shown you and start taking responsibility for your own Presidency.

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1 Response to “Blaming Bush No Longer an Acceptable Excuse”

  1. 1 Andersen January 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Don’t wait a week before posting a new one next time. Ha


    Your biggest fan. Ha 🙂

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