Posts Tagged ‘buck stops with me’

Obama Takes The Blame, Then Immediately Blames Bush

January 8, 2010

The Obama blameologists are working around the clock to constantly find new and creative ways to keep blaming He-Who-Must-Be-Blamed, aka George Bush.  Here’s the latest iteration via the Associated Press:

Obama: ‘The buck stops with me’
Josh Gerstein, Laura Rozen Josh Gerstein, Laura Rozen

Taking a decidedly different tack from his predecessor in the face of a government failure, President Barack Obama on Thursday took the blame for shortcomings that led to a failed Christmas Day bombing plot, saying “the buck stops with me.”

Aides to Obama signaled that he was consciously seeking to be the anti-Bush, airing the administration’s dirty laundry and stepping up to take his share of the responsibility.

“The president also wanted to do something, I think, unusual today,” National Security Council Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said during a web chat after Obama’s speech. “Not only was this a very quick accounting, not only did the president accept responsibility for it, but the president also wanted to do this as transparently as possible.”Quick, transparent, willing to take the blame – all things Obama has said President George W. Bush was not.

It was a distillation of everything Obama has criticized Bush for over the years — whether about intelligence in the war in Iraq, about diverting resources away from Afghanistan, about opening a terror prison in Cuba.

This is actually so pathetic it’s kind of funny.  “Look at me, I’m taking the blame, even though that George Bush really deserves it more.   Have I ever mentioned my theory that Bush is really to blame for everything?

To the extent that the article opens by appearing to clearly embrace the Obama “Bush sucks” position, you can chock it up largely to the fact that these Associated Press writers legs were tingling with shivers as they thought about Obama.  There was never a single mention of a single specific time when George Bush refused to accept blame in the article, and in fact the article ended with the words –

While Bush did resist the creation of the 9/11 Commission and his administration clashed repeatedly with the panel and Congress about access to executive branch officials and information, he did accept blame for some mistakes on his watch, such as the botched response to Hurricane Katrina.

“To the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility,” Bush said on September 13, 2005, 18 days after the storm first came ashore. “I want to know what went right and what went wrong.”

– Which is another way of saying that the opening line of “Taking a decidedly different tack from his predecessor in the face of a government failure” was a giant load of crock from paid purveyors of propaganda.

But the fact remains, that Obama simply cannot and will not accept blame no matter how obvious it is that the blame is his alone without making sure that George Bush is blamed.  And even when he pretends he is accepting blame, he dishonestly blames Bush.

If Obama knew anything about genuine leadership whatsoever, he would instruct his administration to never mention George Bush and actually take responsibility for dealing with the nations problems rather than demonizing.  But he doesn’t, so he won’t.

Obama gives speech after televised speech, with the message of one being completely different than the last.  Yesterday he talked about how we would fix the disastrous failure of security; today he’s talking about how he’s going to create green jobs.  Tomorrow it will be something else.  It is as though, in the words of Mike Huckabee, Obama has political attention deficit disorder.  And again, the country is going to drift given that it is in a leadership vacuum as a result.

Finally, the president who is so paranoid that he declared executive privilege to keep his freaking SOCIAL SECRETARY from talking has no right whatsoever to talk disparagingly about Bush’s secrecy.

Or to put it in these terms:

“I’d completely fall out of my chair if they invoked Executive privilege with regards to a social secretary arranging a party,” said Mark J. Rozell, a public-policy professor at George Mason who recently wrote a book on Executive privilege.

But that was exactly what Obama did.

If Obama wants to be “transparent,” he might actually consider fulfilling a promise he made on at least eight separate occassions to be transparent, and put the health care negotiations on C-SPAN.

Until then should do a lot less talking, and a lot more shutting the hell up.