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Obama Blames Bush While Adopting his Policies

Sometimes, when events of the day prevent me from blogging on something in a timely manner, by the time I sit down to write, I found that other bloggers (or pundits) have pretty much said what I have to say–and often better than I could say it.  And in the case of the dueling speeches yesterday, two bloggers did just that.

As we all know, President Obama helped elevate an address of Vice President Cheney by scheduling his speech “shortly after news surfaced that Cheney was planning his.”  The contrast showed that Obama is not particularly good on defense (in the tactical rather than policy sense of the term) something that might come to haunt him should the media become less fawning and more critical.

Writing on the New York Times‘s web-page, Andrew McCarthy of the National Review, offers:

The need to castigate his predecessor, even as he substantially adopts the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policy, is especially unbecoming in a president who purports to transcend our ideological divisions.

Jennifer Rubin used Charles Krauthammer’s most recent column to make a similar point.  He has observed that the President was, by and large, adopting his predecessor’s policies, concluding, “Bush policies in the war on terror won’t have to await vindication by historians. Obama is doing it day by day. His denials mean nothing. Look at his deeds.” Building on that point, Rubin wonders why the President Doth Protest Too Much:

And that, more than anything, might explain the oddly purposeless speech yesterday. The president did indeed protest too much, suggesting how much it must pain him (and certainly his disappointed supporters) to concede how much Bush got right. He might disparage the motives of his predecessor — how pedestrian that they should succumb to the urge for self-preservation, he sniffs — but he can’t escape the world in which he must now govern. Just as Bush did, he must find a secure location away from American cities and towns to house the worst-of-the-worst. Just as Bush did, he must find a procedure for processing wartime detainees. Just as Bush, he must avoid defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan. And on and on it goes.

Yes, it must be infuriating to realize the all-purpose bogeyman of the Left had these challenges and more or less got it “right.” So Obama must pout and fuss, try to stomp on the news cycle of his predecessor’s vice president and deny, deny, and deny.

The President lacks the humility to credit his predecessor for developing policies he’s now adopted as his own.  And either to please his base or to satisfy his own sense of self-righteousness, he feels it incumbent upon himself to continue to attack that good man.

That’s hardly post-partisan politics.  That’s returning to that old Washington pattern, as one politician put it, “where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.

It seems Barack Obama is still in campaign mode, preferring attacking his predecessor to uniting the nation.

When has an incumbent President of the United States so readily and regularly sought to shift the blame to his political rivals?



    After 120 days do we really still expect this gang of boobs to make any sense. It is why the usual leftists in here rarely defend anymore. Whether it is the anti terror doctrines, Bidens daily gaffes or Pelosi slander of honorable Americans, this group has embarrassed even their most nutty supporters.

    Comment by Gene on Pennsylvania — May 22, 2009 @ 8:03 pm - May 22, 2009

  2. Breaking News,
    Obamas daily blunder.
    Obamateleprompter meets with multi millionaires while he leaves
    kindergarten class sobbing……
    This truely saddens me.
    Is there no end to the gaffes mistakes and fumbles?
    Morons, boobs and cheats.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — May 22, 2009 @ 8:18 pm - May 22, 2009

  3. Obama is fast becoming a characterization of himself. The dou-tone campaign “HOPE” graphic of “The One” looking up and to the left has begun to fleck and peel.

    All around the world, political pros are taking the measure of this man and they are finding an extremely vain and thin skinned actor who craves attention.

    This business of dragging his medicine show from the CIA lobby to the National Archives to the Panda Cage at the National Zoo is all part of his penchant for stage craft and an attempt to wow the press and the audience. Mostly, it just makes his teleprompters look like crutches.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 23, 2009 @ 10:12 am - May 23, 2009

  4. It is why the usual leftists in here rarely defend anymore.

    Did they ever? From I-a-n (and his sockpuppets) to ghillie to boob to Levi and all those in between, I have yet to find any of them who can defend liberalism. They attack plenty, but yet have no defense handy.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 23, 2009 @ 3:35 pm - May 23, 2009

  5. TGC my list for your group of leftists goes on and on. I want them to explaing Pelosigate, the Air Force One flyover costing $350,000, Biden giving up the 100 million dollar VP bunker, not closing GITMO, Dems deny funding for closing GITMO, no end to terror surveilience, Michelles $550 shoes at the soup kitchen, Obama dividing the Catholics by going to ND, on and on and on.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — May 23, 2009 @ 4:04 pm - May 23, 2009

  6. #5
    I see that and raise you pissing off The Vatican, starting a trade war with Mexico, embarrassing the Irish PM, PM Brown, Queen Elizabeth II, Andrea Merkel etc. as examples of making the world love us. That and Europe telling him and Holder to go to Hell regarding Club Gitmo.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 24, 2009 @ 6:38 am - May 24, 2009

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