Wonder if any of Mr. Obama’s presidential predecessors 3 years 4 months and 23 days into their term, whined about the problems they “inherited” from their particular predecessor. Nearly every president chose to run for office while (the man who would become) his predecessor had the job. And when he made that choice, he surely had to be aware of the problems he would have to tackle once he replaced said predecessor. Indeed on the campaign trail, Mr. Obama, repeatedly delineated George W. Bush’s (i.e., his predecessor’s) failings.
The president [at a fundraiser today] also said that Republicans, not Democrats, caused the current budget crisis. “I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!” he said. Obama compared Republicans to a person who orders a steak dinner and martini and then, “just as you’re sitting down, they leave, and accuse you of running up the tab.”
Actually, Mr. President, several Republicans, including Mr. Romney, wanted to sit down at that metaphorical steak dinner. They didn’t want to stick Democrats with the tab.
You too wanted to replace Mr. Bush at that table. You fought hard to take his seat. You very much wanted him to leave. And he did, with you getting to take his place.
So, are you, Mr. Obama really whining that Bush got up and left when you were eager to see him go?
To be fair to Mr. Bush and his Republicans, they weren’t the only ones at that table back in 2008. As Erika Johnsen reminds us (in covering the same speech):
“I inherited a trillion dollar deficit”: Yeah, you’re darn right the deficit exploded after Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi took control of a newly-Democratic Congress in 2007, and did you do anything to try to quell that deficit? No, you not only let it ride; you added to it with bailouts and stimuli, and now we’re sitting pretty with a whopping $5 trillion more added to our debt than when you took office three years ago.
In other words, even before you got your coveted spot at the head of the table, your party helped up the tab at a much faster pace than did Mr. Bush when he sat there with his Republicans.
Well into his term, Barack Obama is still trying to relive the glory days of his 2008 campaign, still running against George W. Bush and a Republican Party not yet subject to a Tea Party reminding it of its small-government principles.
The very analogy he uses shows just how Mr. Obama refuses to take responsibility for the job he so wishes to secure. In the course of his application process (i.e., the 2008 campaign), he contended Republicans were running up the tab (when he said in the third debate that we were “living beyond our means”).
He told his prospective employers (i.e., We the People) that he was just the one to fix that problem. And now, he’s whining about it.
FROM THE COMMENTS: “Bush himself”, perturbed reminds us
had of course no choice but to leave the table. His time at the buffet had expired, as it were. But his successors in his party certainly wanted a seat there, and would have been happy to pick up the tab had they won.
Thank God the US has a contender for the position who understands the meaning of money from having had to make it on a daily basis.
UPDATE: As usual, Charles Krauthammer nails it (esp. at 0:54):
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