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Jon Stewart: Bush is Wrecking Obama’s Presidency

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Posted on July 1 2010 8:00 am
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Republicans, and I think the country as a whole, are getting fed up with President Obama and his staff blaming it all on Bush. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s wrong to point out the deficit Obama began with or the fact that he inherited the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama deserves a fair shake—he had a lot on his plate—but he knew that when he was running. After all, he based his campaign on comparing McCain to Bush.

Jon Stewart slams the Republicans for their hypocrisy in blaming Clinton for troubles the Bush Administration faced throughout the entire term. OK, I’ll give him that one. But Stewart’s overall point was Obama is right in how much he blames everything on Bush.

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Here’s the problem. There really isn’t a presidency that isn’t defined by the previous one. Obama can blame Bush who can blame Clinton who can blame Bush Senior and so forth. For the most part, presidencies are a reaction to their predecessor. And here’s where Stewart goes wrong. Presidents can’t be expected to clean up all of the previous one’s alleged messes in a single term, but they can reverse trends. If a president enacts the right corrective policy, some measurable improvement should be identifiable.

If Obama wants to show off why he feels he’s been successful by doing a before-and-after comparison, that’s legitimate. But that’s not what is happening. As far as I can tell, the narrative is: Things suck because of the other guy—not, here’s proof that I’m making things suck less.

If Obama wants to reverse his sagging poll numbers, he needs to stop ridiculing the Bush Administration and simplify things, particularly with the economy. Mention where we were. Tell us where we’re at. And explain where we’re projected to be in the future and why. It’s time to stop focusing on the past.

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