By Tom Quiner
There has been a joke in our house for the past eight years: it’s Bush’s fault.
If the weather is too hot: “That darn Bush, ever since he screwed up the climate, it seems so hot.”
If the weather is too cold: “There goes Bush again. We’re still paying all of his evil deeds to Mother Nature that caused
global warming climate change climate disruption.”
Our satiric vitriol was spawned by eight years of Barack Obama’s ‘blame Bush’ game.
Take the Fast & Furious scandal, it was Bush’s fault:
“I think it’s important for us to understand that Fast and Furious was a field operation begun under the previous administration.”
Take the VA hospital scandal:
“This predates my presidency. When I was in the Senate, I was on the Veterans Affairs Committee. I heard first-hand veterans who were not getting the kinds of services and benefits that they had earned.”
Take the economy, he blames Bush AND Ronald Reagan:
“We didn’t create the condition. We haven’t solved it fully yet because it was three decades in the making.”
Take deficits, despite the fact that he doubled it, he blamed Bush:
“I love it when these guys talk about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit.”
Take the GSA debacle when the public learned a federal agency spent $800,000 of taxpayer money putting on a lavish conference in Vegas:
“At least we have taken, bold, swift forceful action to hold those responsible accountable and put in place protections to make sure this never happened again.”
Take his excuse for giving Syria a free pass for stepping over Obama’s “red line:”
“We have evidence that there has been the use of chemical weapons inside Syria. But, I don’t make decisions based on ‘perceived.’ And, I can’t organize coalitions around ‘perceived.’ We tried that in the past, by the way, and it didn’t work out well.”
Take his excuse for Solyndra’s bankruptcy after receiving taxpayer money, he blamed Congress and the Chinese:
“Obviously, we wish Solyndra hadn’t gone bankrupt. Part of the reason they did was because the Chinese were subsidizing their solar industry and flooding the market in ways that Solyndra couldn’t compete. But understand: This was not our program, per se. Congress — Democrats and Republicans — put together a loan guarantee program because they understood historically that when you get new industries, it’s easy to raise money for startups, but if you want to take them to scale, oftentimes there’s a lot of risk involved, and what the loan guarantee program was designed to do was to help start up companies get to scale.”
Trust me, I could go on. And on.
Barack Obama saw Hillary Clinton as his third term. Although she lost the election, she has certainly learned from her former boss and is blaming FBI Director Comey for her electoral loss.
Kind of ironic, isn’t it? She made the choice not to release her emails, and it’s his fault?
At least she wasn’t blaming Bush.