At least since the 2004 the then-state Senator delivered his paean to national unity at the Democratic National Convention, there have been two Barack Obamas, the inspiring orator aspiring to transcend partisan politics and the bare-knuckled Chicago politician seeking to advance his own partisan interests.
On the one hand, the Democrat claims he’s “trying to break [that] pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.” On the other, he’s always looking for someone to blame for his failures. It’s as if George W. Bush were still pulling the political strings and Democrats had not had overwhelming majorities in the 111st Congress–Barack Obama’s first two years in the White House.
Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed Republicans for the increase in demand for food stamps since Obama’s inauguration:
Carney turned Newt Gingrich’s description of President Obama as the “food stamp president” around on Republicans, whom Carney blamed for the increased need for food stamps. “The economic policies that helped create [the recession],” Carney said about Gingrich, “are the kinds of policies that he advocates to this day.”
Obama said he was not acting on the merits of TransCanada Corp.’s plan, but instead was forced to make the decision based on the “arbitrary” deadline mandated by GOP provisions in December’s payroll tax cut extension deal.
Oh, and, one more thing: James Taranto offers some interesting statistics:
In the three-year period CBS ascribes to Obama, the food-stamp rolls have increased by 18 million people, or 6 million a year. In the seven years attributed to Bush, the increase was 10.9 million, or 1.6 million a year. Almost four times as many Americans have gone on food stamps every year during the Obama years than during the Bush years, and the percentages are not increasing as quickly precisely because the numbers are.
I’m pretty sure that’s Bush’s fault.