Facing the first real rough patch of his presidency, President Obama and his
supporters are once again resorting to a tried-and-true tactic: attacking George
W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
In his White House press conference last week, Mr. Obama referred to the Bush
era at least nine times, three times lamenting that he "inherited" a
$1.3 trillion debt that has set back his administration’s efforts to fix the
With the former president lying low in Dallas, largely focused on crafting
his memoirs, Mr. Obama has increasingly attempted to exploit Mr. Bush when
discussing the weak economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the difficulty
closing the military prison at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
As he took power, Mr. Obama promised a "new era of responsibility"
that would transcend partisan politics.
"For a guy who campaigned on taking responsibility and looking forward,
he spends an awful lot of time pointing fingers and looking backward," said
former Bush deputy press secretary Tony Fratto, who has begun defending the
But the money quote comes from Democrat strategist Liz Chadderdon:
Voters have short memories. The administration needs to remind people that
things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months.
You hear that voters, you have short memories and you need to be reminded of
how bad things were. Reminded over and over until a falsehood becomes
In the 2008 election, we
took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the
vice presidential race. I don’t know that we played a decisive
role in that campaign, and I’m not saying the better side lost.
What I am saying is that we simply didn’t hold Joe Biden to the
same standard as Sarah Palin, and for me, the real loser in this
sordid tale is my chosen profession.
Deceiving in it’s sincerity. Insulting in it’s obviousness. Like
commenter motherbelt states, "now that the damage has been done,
[Cannon] thinks he can score points by appearing to be critical of himself and