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Running up the tab for steak dinner, Obama blames Republicans for sticking him with the tab

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.

In a update to my post on how the media, like the president, delight in dissing W, I reported this latest plaint from the Democrat:

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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38 Comments

  1. Obama spent close to four statesmanlike years as a US senator. Perhaps he can fill us in on all the efforts he made as a senator rebuffing calls for more profligate spending.

    No doubt, Obama stood with such pinch-pennies as Tom Coburn and George Voinovich in a heroic effort to slow the runaway train.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — June 12, 2012 @ 8:18 pm - June 12, 2012

  2. Bush himself 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.

    Comment by perturbed — June 12, 2012 @ 11:16 pm - June 12, 2012

  3. I am so weary of the fact based prevarication of the Commander-in-chief. He did not inherit a trillion dollar deficit. It was around 400 billion a year. When Republicans offered ideas to him after his coronation, uh, I mean inauguration, he said, “I won.” He doesn’t want to hear anything from the opposition or even at times from the Democrats. When you are as brilliant and all knowing as President Obama, why should you listen to these podunk Congressman. All the best and brightest in the USA reside from Boston to Washington and from San Fran to LA. Why don’t those racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic, misogynistic Republicans just shut up and disappear?

    Comment by davinci — June 12, 2012 @ 11:18 pm - June 12, 2012

  4. You said it well, davinci. I wouldn’t have characterized myself as “weary” of his constant lying, though. I’d have said something much stronger about my intense dislike for that fellow and his dishonesty. (And I’m still restraining myself now from saying more.)

    Comment by Kurt — June 12, 2012 @ 11:28 pm - June 12, 2012

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  9. Obama has spent all of the previous POTUS combined with Porkulus alone when he signed it into law, 1/20/2009 then he signed Porkulus 2, ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank & had 4 debt cealing increases without a budget. Obama has no credibility. He’s a fool digging himself deeper. Keep talking Obama. The world is laughing at you.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 13, 2012 @ 10:42 am - June 13, 2012

  10. BUSH WAS A GREAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT
    You fail to see the mistakes of Bush. You really think he wasn’t bad at all. He was great. He found the WMD in Iraq. He won the wars and that crap. He never destroy the surplus that clinton left. He never raise the debt limit. His deficit wasn’t bad. His tax cuts mostly for the rich really made America prosper that is why you what Romney to follow his steps

    Comment by George — June 13, 2012 @ 12:19 pm - June 13, 2012

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  12. Fail to see the mistakes of Bush, George? Have you been reading this blog? We criticized him for his spending habits on multiple occasions on this blog.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — June 13, 2012 @ 12:56 pm - June 13, 2012

  13. Again, Dan, projection.

    George believes that Barack Obama can do no wrong. George would never criticize Barack Obama because that would make George a self-loathing gay.

    George merely projects the fact that he worships Barack Obama as a messiah onto Republicans; since he does it, he assumes everyone else worships their political leaders the same way.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 13, 2012 @ 1:57 pm - June 13, 2012

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  15. I saw a great comment on a WaPo thread. It said something like “Does anyone remember President Ronald Reagan whining about the bad economy he inherited from Jimmy Carter? No, he just fixed it. This is what leadership looks like”. So true!

    Comment by runningrn — June 13, 2012 @ 7:38 pm - June 13, 2012

  16. Really? His “new” strategy is to blame Bush? Again? I’m beginning to think there’s a Republican mole inside his campaign staff.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — June 13, 2012 @ 9:35 pm - June 13, 2012

  17. George, honey: stick a fork in it. Your tired old schtick is sooooooo over.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — June 13, 2012 @ 9:37 pm - June 13, 2012

  18. His deficit wasn’t bad.

    I know that George will be incapable of answering this question coherently, but if a $400B deficit under Bush was so bad, why are Trillion$+ deficits under Obama fine?

    Comment by V the K — June 13, 2012 @ 10:22 pm - June 13, 2012

  19. It’s the worst economic disaster in this country in nearly a hundred years and it was brought to you by a Republican President and Republican Congress (and had been gestating for decades due to conservatives policies). I’d be blaming you idiots, too. It’s your fault. However, I’d differ from Obama by not accepting just about every conservative premise about economics and actually taking the time to explain why it’s your fault. Obama sucks and is too dumb and afraid to do anything other than point fingers, but that doesn’t mean the Republicans are really off the hook. We’ve been following the conservative economic wishlist since the 80′s and now we’re having to pay the price.

    Comment by Levi — June 14, 2012 @ 1:09 am - June 14, 2012

  20. Comment by Levi — June 14, 2012 @ 1:09 am – June 14, 2012

    Do you have to wait for your parents to go to bed before you can sneak on the computer and post your dog crap rants?
    Is that why you’re here after midnight?
    Get back to bed, little boy.
    If you’re extra special good your mommy will fix you a big bowl of Fruit Loops for breakfast.

    Comment by jman1961 — June 14, 2012 @ 1:57 am - June 14, 2012

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  22. Serious question: What exactly did Bush do to cause the economic collapse of 2008? If you are going to blame him, don’t you have to point to something Bush did and create a causal relationship between that action and the result?

    Comment by V the K — June 14, 2012 @ 7:34 am - June 14, 2012

  23. “We’ve been following the conservative economic wishlist since the 80′s”

    He strings big words together, but doesn’t know what they mean.

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 14, 2012 @ 7:55 am - June 14, 2012

  24. “We’ve been following the conservative economic wishlist since the 80′s”

    Which is why we have school choice in every state, a flat tax, and the Departments of Education, Commerce, Labor, and HUD have been eliminated.

    Oh, you mean they haven’t? Oh, my. That must mean Levi is full of crap.

    Comment by V the K — June 14, 2012 @ 9:02 am - June 14, 2012

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  27. Maybe if it was Wegyu steak…

    Comment by V the K — June 14, 2012 @ 1:07 pm - June 14, 2012

  28. If you are going to blame him, don’t you have to point to something Bush did and create a causal relationship between that action and the result?

    No, Levi is a liberal, and he is therefore extremely smart and whatever he says is true just because he says so. I wish I were a liberal; being a conservative is hard because you actually have to back your assertions up with evidence and logic.

    He strings big words together

    He does?

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  31. Obama should have said that he’s like the guest who eats the steak tartar and champagne and then sends the bill to the Chinese diner.

    Comment by Sara — June 14, 2012 @ 10:16 pm - June 14, 2012

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  33. @jmann,

    Welll big to him. Remember, he gets tripped up by two syllable words like ‘respect’ and ‘decent’ and ‘polite’.

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