Do the editors of Yahoo! think it helps President Obama to show him more than two-and-one-half years into his term whining about the mess he “inherited”:
He sounds not like a leader who has successfully pushed his policies through the legislature, but a man who has just taken charge of a failing company:
President Barack Obama said on Monday he inherited many of the country’s problems with high debt and deficits when he entered the White House, sounding a theme likely to dominate his 2012 re-election campaign.
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser, where families paid $15,000 to get a picture with him, Obama defended his economic record and noted that problems in Europe were affecting the United States.
“We do have a serious problem in terms of debt and deficit, and much of it I inherited,” Obama said.
At some point, he needs to take responsibility for the failure of his policies to achieved their desired effect and that he knew he’d be inheriting when he applied for the job?
And now instead of rolling up his sleeves to fix the problems, he’s looking forward to campaigning against Republicans, “What we’re going to have is 16 months in which we debate this vision for America, and it’s going to be as fundamental a debate as 2008”.
Sixteen months of debate?
What bout twelve months of hard work? Putting forward plans and policies to show he knows what he’s doing and merits another four years in the White House.
I mean, he doesn’t have a Democratic primary opponent and the actual campaign won’t ramp up until next summer’s conventions. Seems he’d rather campaign for the presidency than do his job.
FROM THE COMMENTS: ILoveCapitalism offers, “The President’s job is to fix inherited messes; otherwise, why have him?” Indeed.
UPDATE: Turns out Obama’s current whining it at odds with his own rhetoric. Jim Geraghty alerts us to an RNC ad which reminds us what the president said just six months after taking office:
The RNC can be cruel sometimes, reminding us all that back in July 2009, Obama declared, “My administration has a job to do as well. 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. So, I welcome the job. I want the responsibility.”
Emphasis (but not underline) added. Your job is to solve problems, Mr. President, you said so yourself. So quit whining about the problems you inherited because two years ago you told us you gladly accepted the responsibility of facing the inherited problem of a bad economy.