Saturday, March 14, 2009


Today's Washington Post raps Brack Obama's knuckles:

Obama's New Tack: Blaming Bush

In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics."

It hasn't taken long for the recriminations to return -- or for the Obama administration to begin talking about the unwelcome "inheritance" of its predecessor.

Over the past month, Obama has reminded the public at every turn that he is facing problems "inherited" from the Bush administration....

How dare he! Doesn't he know that wars and economic situations don't conrtinue to evolve during changes of administrations -- that everything returns to an Edenic state on Inauguration Day?

... Oh, except that what Democratic presidents do lingers on forever, or at least the bad stuff they do, or the allegedly bad stuff. So while it's terribly unfair and spiteful and petty for President Obama to blame a man who was president way, way, way back in early and mid-January, it's perfectly OK to blame Bill Clinton, as this guy did last month:

RNC Chairman Michael Steele on ABC's "This Week" rejected the notion that Republicans are solely responsible for the current economic mess -- by placing part of the blame on William Jefferson Clinton....

"Bush inherited a recession," Steele said when Stephanopoulos pressed him on Bush-era economic failures....

Or this guy last fall:

I kid you not. Just now Howard Fineman said that Bill Clinton was to blame "because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were securitizing mortgages."

Or, implicitly, this guy last fall:

Former President Bill Clinton ... on Thursday responded to a remark President Bush made in his address to the nation Wednesday night. Bush argued that the financial system's problems began more than a decade ago, during the Clinton administration.

"Most economists agree that the problems we're witnessing today developed over a long period of time," Bush said. "For more than a decade, a massive amount of money flowed into the United States from investors abroad because our country is an attractive and secure place to do business."

Clinton took Bush's remark as criticism of a 1999 bill he signed that allowed commercial banking firms to offer investment services....

When will Barack Obama learn the ironclad rules of blame -- that everything bad is Democrats' fault?

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