“A few weeks ago,” wrote the National Review’s Jay Nordlinger,
I read the transcripts of the 2008 debates. I did this in order to write a piece for National Review. (Available here.) I was amazed, watching this first 2012 debate, at how much Obama repeated what he’d said four years ago. He used just the same lines.
He debated as though he hadn’t been president for four years
Maybe that explains why he continues to blame George W. Bush for his, er, the nation’s, problems. Or why he has so much trouble talking about his record. No wonder. “He had always run“, writes Richochet’s Paul Rahe
. . . for chairman of the Harvard Law Review, for the Illinois state senate, for the United States Senate, and for the Presidency — on promise. Now he was an executive running for re-election, and he was going to be held responsible for what he had done and for what he had failed to do.
This helps explain why he prefers to go on television talk shows and hold interviews with radio DJs than to face the questions of reporters who might dare to ask about his record.
UPDATE: This morning, Jennifer Rubin cited this from her Washington Post colleague Dana Milbank, no conservative he:
No more hiding. “For the past four years, he has worked assiduously to avoid being questioned, maintaining a regal detachment from the media and other sources of dissent and skeptical inquiry. Obama has set a modern record for refusal to be quizzed by the media, taking questions from reporters far less often than Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and even George W. Bush.”
UP-UPDATE: Jim Geraghty quips, “the Barack Obama of 2008 didn’t know what he was in for.“