In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos (video below) President Obama said the following:
“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”
Wow! Just when you thought it was impossible for Obama to blame George W. Bush for anything else, he blames him for Martha Coakley’s loss in Massachusetts. This kind of spin has to make even David Axelrod dizzy when he comes up with it.
President Obama not only can’t take blame for the mood of the country, he actually believes he’s on the side of the people and that he shares the same frustrations that led to the Tea Parties. If that weren’t enough, he blames former President Bush for the current “anger and frustration” (new White House talking point) in the country. This is clearly Barack Obama’s audacity of blame.
While people may well have some anger and frustration for some of the things that happened during the Bush Administration, that anger had nothing to do with Scott Brown’s victory. Brown staked out nearly every position possible in direct opposition to Obama’s.
Brown ran for treating terrorists as enemy combatants and not granting them the same rights as U.S. citizens. This is the Bush position, and the opposite of the Obama position.
Brown ran against the massive Healthcare bills being put forth by the House and the Senate. This is the opposite of Obama’s position.
Brown ran for sensible and loose regulation on Wall Street. Obama wants to tie the hands of Wall Street and use them as faux-populist whipping boys.
Brown ran for reducing taxes. Obama ran on that platform too, but has most Americans nervous that his spending and his proposed spending will inevitably lead to tax increases.
Brown ran for smaller Government. Obama is for bigger Government, and has grown the Federal Government at an alarming rate.
Apparently, Obama is so much like Scott Brown that he had to go to Massachusetts and not only stump for Martha Coakley, but take some elitist jabs at Scott Brown and his truck.
So how can the President tie the anger that swept Scott Brown into office with the anger that swept him into office?
I guess the answer is that, except for all the issues, Scott Brown and Barack Obama are exactly the same, and America is really just angry at George Bush.