Last Thursday, the media were all abuzz about one of their favorite talking points, about how the immediate past President of the United States was a horrible, no good very bad man — and people just didn’t like him.
Take a gander at this image from AOL/HuffPo heralding the results of a new CNN poll:
You can bet that the headline writers were just salivating at the chance to write that headline. The same folks who, when showing the economic statistics of his administration report only the job losses at the end, but somehow forget to point out the relatively sound economy for the better part of his term — and the Democratic Congress in place when it went south.
“How might this play out in this year’s presidential election?” wonders Phil Pruitt of Yahoo! News’s The Ticket. “Don’t be surprised if the Obama campaign mentions the name of George W. Bush at every opportunity, and don’t be surprised if that strategy works,” answers CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
And does Mr. Holland have data showing that strategy works? Or evidence that any president every won reelection running against his predecessor? Why doesn’t Yahoo! inquire into Obama’s “need” to whine about the problems he inherited?
That might require a little more work than dancing with the delight at the bad poll numbers of a favorite media bogeyman — one who, unlike a Mr. J. Carter, doesn’t put himself perpetually in front of the cameras trying to buttress his image.
UPDATE: Three years and (nearly) five months into his term, Obama is still whining about the problems he fought so hard to fix:
The president 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.”
Um, actually, Mr. Obama, you asked them to leave and then proceeded to run up the tab even further than they had.