Sense of Obama’s reading of history as excluding American accomplishments . . . whole notion of reset button based on simplistic assumption that Bush’s entire policy was bad, [so he seeks] to define himself not so much as advancing American interests but [instead] as opposing his predecessor’s policies.
He has adopted that same rationale, at least rhetorically, on the economy as well, even though his domestic policy amounts to little more than an expansion of Bush’s, increased government spending.
And yet, even as Obama’s economic policy resembles that of his predecessor (albeit on steroids), he and his party’s minions are painting a picture of the “past eight years” (their favorite mantra) as a dark age akin to the Great Depression. Note how Democratic spokespeople, in asking us to be patient about a recovery (which given the president’s promises in pushing the “stimulus” should already be underway) are telling us it took “eight years to get into this mess.”
It seems they’re banking on our short memories and the biased media coverage of the economy during the Bush years before the downturn. That downturn only began in December 2007, nearly a full year after a Democratic Congress (which increased federal spending at a faster clip than did the prior spendthrift Republican Congress) came to power.
In short, given that the President and his team are better on offense than they are on defense, they seem intent on running against the “last eight years” just as Democrats spent nearly two generations running against Herbert Hoover. Problem is that Hoover’s downturn began only a few months after he took office and while he served with a Republican Congress and that he responded with policies similar to those Obama (and the Democrats) are proposing today. Those interventionist policies only prolonged the downturn.
The MSM, even biased against Bush, may let the Democrats get away with it, but if a poll which oversamples Democrats shows the President’ts numbers tumbling, it’s a sign Americans are judging the Administraiton by its record not the alleged excesses of the “last eight years.”