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Did Reagan Ever Blame Carter . . .

. . . for the economic mess he inherited after the Gipper had taken office and was making the case for his economic recovery package?

Just curious, ’cause the current president has been attacking his predecessor on a regular basis, even did so last night:

First of all, when I hear that from folks who presided over a doubling of the national debt, then, you know, I just want them to not engage in some revisionist history. I inherited the deficit that we have right now and the economic crisis that we have right now.

Did Reagan say that Democratic opponents of his plan wanted to do nothing about the economic crisis as the incumbent did last night?

As I said, the one concern I’ve got on the stimulus package, in terms of the debate and listening to some of what’s been said in Congress, is that there seems to be a set of folks who — I don’t doubt their sincerity — who just believe that we should do nothing.

Um, the Republicans have put forward alternative plans. Heck, I’m even working on my own, but doubt either of my Senators or even my representative would bother introducing it.

(H/t John Hinderaker who offers a more thorough analysis.)

UPDATE:  Ed Morrissey elaborates on the president’s lies.



  1. Nor did Bush blame Democrats. The closest he came was saying that he inherited a recession which was simple fact. Nothing wrong with Obama saying the same, but what he is trying to do by blaming “the failed policies of the last 8 years” is not acknowledge truth, but to manufacture it and plant it in the public’s minds. Democrats are all too aware that “a lie oft repeated becomes truth” and have mastered the technique.

    Comment by American Elephant — February 10, 2009 @ 10:09 am - February 10, 2009

  2. Come to think of it, did Reagan even acknowledge Carter’s existence after his 1981 inauguration?

    Comment by Sharp Right Turn — February 10, 2009 @ 10:11 am - February 10, 2009

  3. #2 – Nope, and I sure didn’t either.

    I still don’t want to acknowledge him.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 10, 2009 @ 10:42 am - February 10, 2009

  4. I’m already growing tired of this President. Often he portrayed himself as an “inclusive” voice, someone who reached across and sought out the best ideas. but it seems he is nothing like that. He decided a long time ago what should be done, and instead of arguing for it he uses ad hominems to attack anyone who disagrees. He has done nothing but insult the people who disagree. And the changes he made to the Senate bill aren’t the core problems, he just added more pork that serve Republican special interests. That’s not what I want, maybe that’s what a few Republican politicians want.

    What is really amazing is so many of the politcies people I know are against actually originated in the 90s. Much of the deregulation of lending happened in the 90s, but I’m hard pressed to find a single liberal who even knows about the laws passed in the 90s.

    I am ready to give up. With so many who don’t even want to learn, and get angry if you disagree. We’re going to make the same mistakes as FDR and Japan in the 90s. So now I’m wondering where should I be putting my money?

    Comment by plutosdad — February 10, 2009 @ 11:07 am - February 10, 2009

  5. Carter critical of Ronnie?

    Well, Carter didn’t do much after his stunning defeat, as he says, “… at the hands of an aging b-talent actor with little concern for the poor.” “We were alone, broke and didn’t have any money coming in (what about his presidential pension, post-WH staff, SS detail, etc???) and had to worry about just having a roof over our heads”. And he said that just recently on Charlie Rose.

    Carter and Rozie were hunkered down in Plains writing a book on their time in the WH during RR’s 1st term. In fact, JimmineyCricket talks candidly about how he and Rozie had to literally negotiate a truce between them in order to finish the book because she thought eveything she wrote was accurate, on-point, insightful and balanced. Everything he wrote was bitter, judgemental, hyper critical and poisoned… and in desperate need of her red pencil edits. At one point he told staff to tell her to “leave my part of the book alone or you can shoot her”.

    I guess they went so far in the martial bliss funk punch-fest that he admits they slept for a long time in separate bedrooms, talked rarely, wouldn’t even look at the other in the eye, etc. during the book write. They used staff to ferry notes back and forth even though they sat 15 ft from each other at separate desks in the living room.

    I guess that’s why we don’t recall Carter being critical of RR. He was still licking his wounds and playing marital emotional abuse in Plains. What an incredible, small petty man.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — February 10, 2009 @ 11:32 am - February 10, 2009

  6. Liberals are all class all of the time.

    Comment by GUS — February 10, 2009 @ 12:02 pm - February 10, 2009

  7. #5, you got that right. Remember the Obama campaign’s response to the McCain camp announcement of Gov. Sarah Palin?

    “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” said Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman.

    2012 can’t come quick enough.

    Comment by Sharp Right Turn — February 10, 2009 @ 12:55 pm - February 10, 2009

  8. I wonder why House GOPers aren’t holding hearings around the country to underscore what’s in the Democrat 2009 Spending Bill?

    When the Dems were in the minority, they used to take 1 man committees all over the US and hold hearings, speak to media outside the beltway, solicit ready testimony from eager parties willing to go on record against whatever the GOP Congress was parading…

    The House GOP needs to get a much more aggressive, sharper political staff. The SenGOP needs to say that, even with moderate GOP Sens voting for the bill, it’s still PORK and the PIG is squealing.

    And Michael Steele needs to find a mic, some TV shows and get to work making this Democrat 2009 Spending Bill the albatross it ought to be around Obama. He’s got the big salary, the sweet office, the significant staff… now earn he needs to earn it, use it to the max.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — February 10, 2009 @ 2:12 pm - February 10, 2009

  9. The closest President Reagan ever came to criticizing was to criticize the Democrats and Carter, by inference, when in his first year the unemployment rose to 12%; he said ¨I´ll take credit for the five percent if the other side, will take credit for the seven percent.¨

    When Obama criticizes Bush, he doesn´t sound presidential, he sounds like he´s campaigning.

    Comment by Roberto — February 10, 2009 @ 4:29 pm - February 10, 2009

  10. He is campaigning. It’s all he’s got.

    Comment by GUS — February 10, 2009 @ 4:42 pm - February 10, 2009

  11. Dear dreamers and revisionists:
    Reagan said of Jimmy Carter,
    “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
    and there is more…I RR you have a B grade actor and class C president who did more for increasing the deficit than Jimmy ever did.

    Comment by I Bell — February 10, 2009 @ 5:12 pm - February 10, 2009

  12. It would also sound a lot less sanctimonious and possibly result in more buy-in from the GOP congressmen and voting base if Obama would acknowledge his own party’s contributions to the current economic mess — subprime lending was championed by the Dems and is a major root cause of our problems.

    Comment by Mark Turner — February 10, 2009 @ 5:14 pm - February 10, 2009

  13. The Enlightened One is using deflecting behavior when he’s criticizing Bush…it’s rathr like “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”. He’s “voting present”.

    Comment by Mokey — February 10, 2009 @ 5:22 pm - February 10, 2009

  14. I Bell in #10, did you actually read the post. In its very first ¶, I make clear (through bold and italics) that I’m referring to the Gipper’s statements after he took office.

    You’re quoting a comment from the campaign.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 10, 2009 @ 5:39 pm - February 10, 2009

  15. What gets me is that Chairman Obama, Chuck You Schumer et al. are running around insulting and patronizing the American people and yet the liberals still swoon and applaud.

    I’d be mortified to admit that I voted for these ass hats, but then I have the capacity for shame.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 10, 2009 @ 6:13 pm - February 10, 2009

  16. More curious is how Chairman 0 talks about being bi-partisan out of one side of his mouth while blaming every problem in the world on Republicans with the other.

    Comment by V the K — February 10, 2009 @ 7:02 pm - February 10, 2009

  17. From Obama:

    I inherited the deficit that we have right now and the economic crisis that we have right now.

    And you’re intensifying them. You’re *deliberately increasing* the deficit, which is only going to intensify the economic crisis in the long run – and perhaps much sooner. Gee, thanks.

    When you choose to *intensify* the bad parts of Bush’s economic policies, Mr. Obama, instead of correcting them, you take full ownership of them. You’re the guy in the White House now, and you are doing the exact opposite of what you should do to correct the situation.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 10, 2009 @ 8:29 pm - February 10, 2009

  18. The subprime mess is tanking the world’s economy as many countries invested in our debt as a sure thing payoff. When we increase our deficit those bonds are going to be junk and many countries are expecting to get paid. Obama is going to take us to war with pretty much everyone out there. Wars are big economic stimulus packages that work. If we are not going to be able to pay off our debts anyway, might as well take us out.

    Comment by BCnSanDeeahgo — February 10, 2009 @ 10:57 pm - February 10, 2009

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  20. Reagan in fact assumed some responsibility for the economic mess he had to work with.

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — February 11, 2009 @ 11:37 am - February 11, 2009

  21. Reagan certainly laid the groundwork for the mess we are in today. He believed in totally un-regulated capitalism, which was only staved off by a democratic congress, followed by a democratic president staving off a republican controlled congress for most of his tenure. Bush and the republican congress cooked his recipe for disaster and it is a major reason of why we ended where we are today.

    Comment by Kevin — February 11, 2009 @ 11:15 pm - February 11, 2009

  22. Yeah, but, Kevin, your whole premise is based on there being un-regulated capitalism. And, particularly, with the Community Reinvestment Act, we haven’t had that.

    So, please tell me (with specifics please) how Reagan laid the groundwork for this mess, how W and the GOP Congress “cooked” that recipe and please tell me how the increase in domestic spending under W was an example of unfettered capitalism.

    And while you’re at it, please point to the specific programs Bush and Republicans deregulated and how they contributed to the current crisis.


    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 12, 2009 @ 2:00 am - February 12, 2009

  23. Kevin, do you even understand what happened to the economy? do you understand what the cause of the meltdown was?
    What did bush and the gop “cook” exactly. I suggest you look at all the times bush called on congress to regulate fannie and freddie and research S190 from 2005, thats the bill the democrats wouldnt allow to come out of commitee, they stood united against it, and that includes obama.
    as of August 2008 fannie had 388 billion in ALT-A and Subprime loans on their books, they had 40 billion cash on had to back those risks up, congress only required them to hold 9 billion cash on hand….bush was calling on congress to require to keep a high percentage of capital on hand.
    google “Fannie’s Perilous Pursuit of Subprime Loans” and click on the washington post article, it will show you thru internal fannie mae documents how they intentionally created a demand for sumbprime and alt A loans and intentionally sold the riskier ones off to other investors around the globe.
    this mess was engineered by fannie and freddie and they were protected by the democrat party, primarily Dodd and Franks. the top 3 recipients of campaign money from fannie and freddie were #1 Chris Dodd, #2 barrack Obama, #3 John kerry. This is since the early 90’s Obama was only in office for 4 years.

    Comment by Josephmx — February 22, 2010 @ 3:29 pm - February 22, 2010

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