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There he goes again!

Obama just can’t help himself.  He just has to blame someone else.

Glenn Reynolds alerts us to this headline on the Hill, “A year after claiming the economy as his own, Obama points finger at predecessor“:

During a July 14, 2009, address in Warren, Mich., Obama said, “Now, my administration has a job to do, as well, and that job is to get this economy back on its feet. That’s my job. And it’s a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well, this is Obama’s economy.’ That’s fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.”

At the time, the AP wrote, “With four simple words — ‘Give it to me’ – President Barack Obama took possession of the economy.”

Throughout this year, Obama has blamed Bush and the criticism has intensified this month.

And get this whopper:

During a fundraiser with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in Seattle this week, Obama said, “Eighteen months ago I took office after nearly a decade of economic policies that had given us sluggish growth, sluggish job growth, falling incomes, falling wages and a record deficit.”

Um, Mr. President, we didn’t get any of that sluggish growth until after your party regained the majority in Congress.  And you’re one to talk about record deficits.  You saw that “record deficit” and raised it a few hundred billion.

You’ve been president for more than 19 months.  Your party has controlled Congress for nearly four years.  When are you — and they — going to stop blaming a man who has retired to Texas and start taking responsibility for your own policies?



  1. “Eighteen months ago I took office after nearly a decade of economic policies that had given us sluggish growth, sluggish job growth, falling incomes, falling wages and a record deficit.”

    Can you say Ingsoc?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 23, 2010 @ 4:26 pm - August 23, 2010

  2. Dan, you should embed this graph to show just how much things go worse after he took office.

    I do not disagree that Bush had a hand in this situation, but so did Clinton, Bush I, and to some extent, even Reagan. That said, Obama wanted to be President… he got it. Even Clinton recognized that once you get that job, you own it and everything that comes after. Obama seems to be lost when he isn’t out on the golf course or at a fund raiser.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 23, 2010 @ 4:32 pm - August 23, 2010

  3. I’m sure we could sit here and fight all day about whose fault it is. That’s not going to help.

    The fact of the matter is, it is up to those in power to take the proper steps to allow the economy to get back going again. They are not.

    Comment by Chris H — August 23, 2010 @ 5:43 pm - August 23, 2010

  4. Well said, Sonic, about Obama wanting this job.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 23, 2010 @ 6:48 pm - August 23, 2010

  5. Pointing his bony fingers & lectures full of contempt at other people while plays the victim card is all Obama can do.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 23, 2010 @ 7:52 pm - August 23, 2010

  6. Obama’s flying fickle finger of date.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — August 23, 2010 @ 8:14 pm - August 23, 2010

  7. As Senator, Obama only did things that would raise spending, raise deficits and keep the housing bubble going. Or nothing. Try to fix those problems, he didn’t.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 23, 2010 @ 9:58 pm - August 23, 2010

  8. It’s no question that it’s the current government’s responsibility to work to on bringing back the economy. However, it’s also correct to identify the policies of the Bush/Republican led goverment as what led us to this and that to repeat the same policies wouldn’t help. As much as you love to blame democrats, it was the republicans, wh for 6 years, put the policies in place that led us nto these problems. Free reign of banks, over estimates of the housing market (which included the collusion of realtors/assessors/lenders in bring it all about).

    I read today of the new credit card rules coming into effect. Funny, because the banks are complaining that with new regulations, credit card issuers won’t be able to give out as much credit. What exactly is bad about that? For years, they issued credit and gave increases in credit lines to people who they knew weren’t credit worthy. The chopped up bad debt and sold it as securities, all with blessing of the beloved Republican led government.

    Sadly, the country has been reaping the rewards of all this and I didn’t realistically expect t be gone in 18 months ( I knew Obama’s estimates would be wrong). I notice all you Reagan-lovers out there seem to conveniently forget that employment didn’t pick up until approximately 30 months into his first term.

    Thank you very much.

    Comment by Kevin — August 23, 2010 @ 10:17 pm - August 23, 2010

  9. Kevin,

    How very, very convenient for you to overlook the Frank/Dodd houses for mouth breathers with full government guarantees program.

    Would you be willing to subject the Democrat party to a full investigation of the Freddie/Fannie debacle? Would you be willing to look into why banks became mortgage movers for Freddie/Fannie just to churn the fees and dump the responsibility? Would you be willing to look into the whole “derivatives” scheme that Wall Street concocted with SEC regulatory oversight?

    Would you be willing to note that the Democrats had Congress starting in January of 2007 and 24 months of power prior to the advent of the messiah?

    Would you be willing for the Republican Congress to do a Henry Waxman type of investigation of the Democrats?

    Comment by heliotrope — August 24, 2010 @ 9:05 am - August 24, 2010

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