Why does Obama keep doing the things he blames Bush for?

There’s one big reason Barack Obama is getting nowhere by blaming his predecessor for all that ails us today, and it’s not because Americans have short memories. No, it’s because we have long memories — long enough to recognize Obama has been doing many of the very same things he and his supporters on the left criticize George W. Bush for doing.

The pattern has been obvious for some time, but the latest examples came with yesterday’s news that Obama was claiming executive privilege to withhold certain documents from a House investigation of the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.

In that 2009-10 operation, federal agents allowed about 2,000 firearms to be smuggled into Mexico. But rather than tracking down the recipients in drug cartels, the feds lost track of them — until, that is, the weapons showed up on murder scenes. The guns have been connected to the deaths of scores of Mexican citizens and a border patrol agent, Brian Terry.

Not only did then-Sen. Obama slam Bush in 2007 for “try[ing] to hide behind executive privilege” to keep information under wraps when there was “something a little shaky that’s taking place.” (That case involved no deaths, just the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, whose service at the pleasure of the president was evident when Bill Clinton fired all 93 of them upon taking office in 1993.)

But, what’s more, documents the Obama administration has released indicate Fast and Furious was similar to a smaller operation federal agents tried in 2006-07. They ended it after realizing their gun-tracking methods didn’t work. The Obama administration didn’t just ignore those bad results; it quadrupled-down on the bad blueprint.

If that reminds you of our national debt problems, join the club.

Once upon a time — call it July 3, 2008 — Obama said it was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” for a president to add “$4 trillion [in debt] all by his lonesome.”

Maybe he found Bush’s profligacy irresponsible and unpatriotic because it took him eight years to accomplish, whereas Obama has pulled it off in just three (not counting the 2009 fiscal year that covered the first eight months of his presidency and included the first part of his “stimulus” and hundreds of billions in other spending he OK’d).

Of course, Obama blamed Bush’s large deficits in part on “tax cuts for the rich.” Then he extended those same tax cuts in 2010 as the economy was recovering from a recession, which was also the situation when Bush signed the cuts in 2001.

Then there was the “off the books” war spending. Obama moved the war spending on the books, all right. Now Obama requests the money not via supplemental budgets, but through the regular budgets Harry Reid’s Senate has ignored the past three years.

And defense spending is, by the way, more than it was even during the final Bush years.

Maybe that’s because Obama kept the Bush timeline for withdrawing our soldiers from Iraq. After trying to negotiate an extension to keep them there longer. Just as Bush had.

And maybe it’s because he ordered a troop “surge” in tribally fractured Afghanistan. The same kind of surge he said wouldn’t work in ethnically fractured Iraq. Which Bush ordered.

Even comparatively smaller things get the blame-but-copy-Bush treatment.

Lose billions of taxpayer dollars on job-creation “investments” at private alternative-energy firms such as Solyndra? Tell Congress you were just making loans under a Bush-era program.

Workers from the General Services Administration blow $840,000 on a lavish Las Vegas conference? Answer that the trend started under the previous administration.

Blame, copy, repeat.

In fact, Google returns more than 5.6 million results for “Obama blames Bush.” I didn’t have time to check whether the president followed his predecessor’s lead in each instance.

The ship of state may turn only slowly, but three and a half years is time enough for a president to plot his own course. It’s long enough to stop doing things he describes as mistakes by the old regime.

If he hasn’t stopped repeating mistakes by now, it tells us something about his judgment, competence or both.

The last three and a half years might not quite amount to “Bush’s third term.” But they have repeated the worst of Bush’s years in a way that offers no confidence for another go-round.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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236 comments Add your comment

Just Curious

June 21st, 2012
6:03 am

Why, because Obama really does get blamed for things Bush started. Second, there are so many GOP people burrowed into the system that it amazing that anything gets done. Third, at least now some GOPers can admit that there was “worst of Bush years” even more than being discussed in this article.

Just Curious

June 21st, 2012
6:05 am

Do some have long memories about Weapons of Mass Destruction, or Mission Accomplished, or secret energy policy, or off budget financing of a war, or a trillion dollar annual budget deficit, or Roberto Gonzales?

@@

June 21st, 2012
6:17 am

Why does Obama keep doing the things he blames Bush for?

Because it’s the easy way out.

Shortly after Obama took office, I can remember him saying “This is hard work”…I knew then he wasn’t up to the job.

Being a leader and playing one on T.V. are two totally different things. Obama’s just playing one on T.V.

It’s quite sad, really.

Really?

June 21st, 2012
6:17 am

Kyle… really… where did you go to school? Never end a sentence in a preposition as you have with the title of this blog…really? really? Likely the private schools Republicans cry for daily.

@@

June 21st, 2012
6:23 am

Really?:

You’re at the wrong blog. May I suggest…

Pizzaman

June 21st, 2012
6:29 am

60 years ago my Mother taught me to never end a sentence with a preposition. So where are the Repubs at?

#Occupy my desk...

June 21st, 2012
6:35 am

Because he’s The Amateur – just ask Bill Clinton.

jconservative

June 21st, 2012
6:40 am

Presidents do copy one another.

Reagan decided that it was a good idea to cut government revenue and increase government spending.

George H W Bush thought that was a good idea and continued the policy.

Bill Clinton thought that was a good idea and continued the policy.

George W Bush thought that was a good idea and continued the policy.

Barick Obama thought that was a good idea and continued the policy.

A Simple Man

June 21st, 2012
6:42 am

It’s okay to do those things now. He has a (D) listed with his name.

resno2

June 21st, 2012
6:51 am

let’s just hope he soon has an ‘ex’ in front of his title.

MadMax

June 21st, 2012
6:55 am

To quote Forest Gump “Stupid is as stupid does”

@@

June 21st, 2012
6:58 am

Off-topic!

Interesting how Bernanke’s announcements are seeing less of a bump on the market. Investors know the fundamentals just aren’t there.

Curious

June 21st, 2012
6:59 am

Government is similar to Frankenstein. Once brought to life, it’s virtually impossible to kill it.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
7:02 am

“Maybe he found Bush’s profligacy irresponsible and unpatriotic because it took him eight years to accomplish”
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ROFLMGDAO! Another example of Bush’s incompetence, by Obozo’s reckoning.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

June 21st, 2012
7:02 am

You forgot about Club Gitmo.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
7:06 am

One policy Obozo refuses to copy is Our President Bush’s policy of keeping unemployment between 4-6%. Unemployment after three-plus years of Obozo has never been lower than at any time during Our President Bush’s eight years.

Road Scholar

June 21st, 2012
7:15 am

Kyle, did you really diss Bush? I thought that he was a god to you.

Republican memory: Only when it helps warp their idea of reality!

And I’m really impressed by your and others ability to tell us what is really going on in the White House as to decisions and what discussions actually took place. Where did you hide your bugs? Oh, you weren’t there or involved? Shocking!!!

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
7:18 am

I thought that [H]e was a god to you.
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That’s because your reading comprehension is weak.

massachusetts refugee

June 21st, 2012
7:19 am

i voted for the president and his promise of openness and transparency. the only thing that’s transparent is his inability to tell the truth about anything; and his inability to do the job. this democratic celticsbruinspatriotsredsox fan will be voting for romney. lord help me.

Ayn Rant

June 21st, 2012
7:21 am

Presidents mostly do what they have to do, and sometimes what they like to do.

Obama continued Bush/Cheney deficit spending to keep the economy from falling into a full-scale depression. His attempt to jump-start the economy by applying massive stimulus was obstructed by Congress. He extended the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, as a necessary economic stimulus, but was forced by Congress to agree to extend the tax cuts for the rich, which serve only to create more unneeded, hoarded capital instead of job-creating projects.

Obama wound down the useless occupation of Iraq and is winding down the futile attempt to civilize the Afghans. He has started no new wars on false pretenses. He managed to bring down Gaddafi in Libya without any loss of American life.

Unlike Bush/Cheney, Obama has addressed the critical social issues of medical coverage, immigration, and discrimination against women and gays.

Under Obama, the economy is proceeding slowly toward recovery despite the efforts of Republican politicians to degrade the financial trustworthiness and the currency of the US, and to destroy jobs on a massive scale by cutting federal spending prematurely.

Bush created problems; Obama tackles problems.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
7:24 am

Those partisan Republicans!
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John Boehner: Part of the role of the attorney general is to say to the executive branch, “Here are the limits of your power. Here are the things that you can’t do.” I don’t think Eric Holder ever told the president that there was something he could not do. What you get a sense of is an attorney general who saw himself as enabler of the administration as opposed to somebody who was actually trying to look out for the American people’s interests. For that reason, I think it’s time for him to step down.”
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Except it wasn’t Boehner, it was Senator Obozo speaking about Alberto Gonzales.

The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers

June 21st, 2012
7:30 am

Under Obama, the economy is proceeding slowly toward recovery

Name one thing that he did to improve the economy that doesn’t involve bailouts or handouts for green energy…

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
7:31 am

Bush created problems; Obama tackles problems.
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Except that Obozo made unemploment worse. And spending is worse. And deficits are worse. And poverty is worse. Just to name a few examples.

Obozo: Inferior to Our President Bush.

Ellen

June 21st, 2012
7:36 am

This article is 1000% correct and SHOULD be an eye opener for those who support the current lunatic that’s occupying the White House. I’m personally shocked at how many gullible individuals are out there who actually trust and give any credit to Obama. He is always stating how he was ‘handed’ the job of presidency and that it was so messed up when he got it that it will take forever to correct. Well, for one, he volunteered for this job. Yes, he was (unfortunately) voted in to it, but he wanted it. Now he has no clue what to do with it. And after yesterday? He’s protecting Holder in what amounts to be the government covering up the murder of an American Border Patrol Agent? And he won’t even take time to explain any of this to the family of Brian Terry? All of you libs can say ” Bush called the executive privilege card too “, but it was never to hide a murder! How can anyone trust Obama anymore ?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
7:39 am

They don’t have to trust Obozo. They just have to keep getting checks from Obozo.

The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers

June 21st, 2012
7:42 am

Ellen, most of the people who support him are social activists, people who need the government to validate some form of abnormal behavior or financial shortcomings. They need government. Self sufficient people do not. That’s why they turn a blind eye to this weasel’s abysmal record

AU Liberal in ATL

June 21st, 2012
7:53 am

Wing-NUT! Every president in our history has used “executive priviledge” at some point. Using that issue to compare the President to Dubya is beyond stupid.

carlosgvv

June 21st, 2012
7:55 am

Kyle, you’re asking the wrong question. You should be asking – Will Romney be any different from Bush and Obama on these issues?

AU Liberal in ATL

June 21st, 2012
7:56 am

Hey Barry Batsht, do you really think your use of the word “Obozo” makes you look clever? Keep thinking that.

Peadawg

June 21st, 2012
8:00 am

“Wing-NUT! Every president in our history has used “executive priviledge” at some point. Using that issue to compare the President to Dubya is beyond stupid.”

Woooosh

And that’s the point going right over your head. He’s not comparing Obama TO Bush. He’s saying Obama’s a hypocrite for slamming Bush when he used executive privilege in 2007, but now using it himself. But I don’t expect you to understand that.

Curious

June 21st, 2012
8:01 am

AU Liberal in ATL

June 21st, 2012
7:56 am
Hey Barry Batsht, do you really think your use of the word “Obozo” makes you look clever? Keep thinking that.

AGREE.

The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers

June 21st, 2012
8:05 am

Barry, you could try O’blamer, O’buffoon, or Curious George went to Washington to appease AU…

O.L.Y.

June 21st, 2012
8:05 am

Dumbest and most uninformed President in our history, surounded by the biggest bufoons imaginable. God help this country!

Stevie Ray...Clowns to my Left and Jokers to my Right here I am....

June 21st, 2012
8:08 am

President Trillion and Bush are simply cogs in the same corrupt government wheels. Why do you suppose President Spineless let Telecoms and Financial Institutions off the hook after promising that “the days of lobbyists controlling the agenda in Washington are over..”? Because none of the Clowns or Jokers actually represent the individual taxpayers except in their BS commericals for re-election..Whether defense contractors, labor unions, or financial institutions, all elected officials cave to the cash…..don’t expect anything to change until the private money is taken out of politics.

Cosby

June 21st, 2012
8:08 am

Obama was elected to correct the bad policies of Bush..or so the story goes…yet he doubles down and even goes further than bush did under the same stupid programs while adding many of his own tha Bush would not do. Blame bush all you want to, but, again, was Obama aka Barry Soetoro, aka the annoited one, elected by the drooling citizens to stop the Bush era programs, CHANGE things and yet he keeps doubleing down and additing to. Now Barry has no one to blame but his agrant self!! For the record, When Bush found out about the gun deals while he was in office, he stopped it, Obama and Holder re-started it..blame bush on that one

TBone

June 21st, 2012
8:09 am

It has to be that deep rooted, seething hatred that the enlightened liberal base has for President Bush; otherwise known as Bush Derangement Syndrome. As a dreaded conservative believer and the root of all evil, I had my problems with Bush 43 but some of y’all just can’t seem to let it go.

Ellen

June 21st, 2012
8:10 am

Apparently you didn’t (couldn’t) read what I said either….Yes, Bush used his executive privilege, but not to HIDE A MURDER that the government is responsible for !! That’s exactly what Obama is doing !! HIS administration is personally responsible for the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, but they want it swept under the rug ! Pay attention to the news !!! This man, you call our president, is skirting around the LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY , every chance he gets ! he’s exerted his executive ‘powers’ twice in the past 2 weeks already ! something (as the article states above) Obama said himself, is only hiding something ! He talks out of both sides of that big mouth of his! Just like the gay marriage thing…..For the past 10 years, he said that was something that he’d never agree with….but, all of a sudden, he changed his mind….He plays his audience and they (the libs) fall right into his hands! How does it feel to be played like a fool ???

Stevie Ray...Clowns to my Left and Jokers to my Right here I am....

June 21st, 2012
8:12 am

To all the Leftist Clowns…where is all your Hope and Change now? If Romney wins, you will all do anything to get him out of office and simply trade the same jabs and arguments the Jokers to the Right use currently….wow, that’s kinda like Obama following so closely in Bush’s footsteps….anyone disagree?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
8:14 am

AU Liberal in ATL: do you really think your use of the word “Obozo” makes you look clever? Keep thinking that.
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Judging by the number of libtards who complain about it, yes, I do.

Ellen

June 21st, 2012
8:17 am

OLY said: Dumbest and most uninformed President in our history, surounded by the biggest bufoons imaginable. God help this country!

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I couldn’t agree with you more ! And God help us (even more so) that we have atleast 4 more months of this fool ! That’s a lot of time to destroy whats left ! Wonder which ‘group’ he’s going to reach out to next ? he’s already hit the African Americans up (with Trayvon Martin), got the Hispanics going (with giving them amnesty) and of course, the gays (with the same sex marriage)….IF he had any sense, he’d do something for the white people ! but I guess that would mean getting us some jobs or something? Apparently he doesn’t know how to do that !!

massachusetts refugee

June 21st, 2012
8:20 am

and stevie ray…nails it!

ellen – calm yourself dear, you’ll blow an artery. yes, weapons from fast and furious were found at the agent terry crime scene, but there is no evidence any of them were used to kill agent terry, and STATE senator obama was all for gay marriage; it was only when he ran for US senate did he “see the light” about this horrific scourge on humanity (snark). so he’s actually flipped twice now on the matter. which, in a roundabout way, makes your point – like ALL politicians, he panders.

iggy

June 21st, 2012
8:29 am

Mr Obama, where is the transparency? You stated you wanted to “make govt cool again”. Mr Obama, you roasted GW for excercising priviledge yet you do the same.

I ask you Mr Obama…wheres the beef?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
8:30 am

It’s kind of sick that libtards are so relieved that the bullet that killed Brian Tracy was too badly damaged to be traced to one of the several Fast & Furious guns found at the scene.

iggy

June 21st, 2012
8:31 am

And one more thing Mr Obama. Where is my free television set.

massachusetts refugee

June 21st, 2012
8:33 am

it’s folks like LBB that would make me reconsider my voting for governor romney. just sayin’…

Gramps

June 21st, 2012
8:34 am

Hey, AU Liberal in ATL at 7:56 “Hey Barry Batsht, do you really think your use of the word “Obozo” makes you look clever? Keep thinking that.”

Neither do I, but do you think you think you look any more clever with “Wing-NUT!” at 7:53? or “Barry Batsht” at 7:56? Don’t call people names when you don’t want them calling you or your president names!!

That’s part of the problem. You think it is ok for you to say anything you want, but then take offense at other people’s opinions.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

June 21st, 2012
8:35 am

It is arrogance. He thinks the ideas might work, they were just attempted by Bush, whom he feels was incompetent. One of them is incompetent, that is for sure.

Everywhere he has ever been, people for some reason have told him he was smart. As Hairy the Reed said, he is African American and clean, neat, and well spoken, so some believe that to equate to smart. As someone said yesterday, Oblamer feels he is the smartest guy in every room he enters. So, he assumes he can take Bush ideas and implement them successfully, because he is so smart and efficient.

Curious

June 21st, 2012
8:36 am

gosh. Brian Tracy murdered by someone using a weapon from the Fast and Furious program.

LBB: I’m sorry I doubted your wisdom.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

June 21st, 2012
8:39 am

massachusetts refugee, if you live in Georgia, feel free to vote for Obozo. Our electoral votes will be going to Romney.

Smoke

June 21st, 2012
8:39 am

Obozo had enough sense not to out a CIA brass plate organization, or have secret meetings with energy executuves, or cover up a friendly fire shooting, or fire federal prosecuters, or hide spending, or give money to worthless military contractors, or cut VA funding.