It WAS Bush's Fault
by Jonathan Singer, Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 08:57:29 AM EDT
It's hard for me to understand how this ends up on the front page of The Washington Post:
Obama's New Tack: Blaming Bush
In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics."
It hasn't taken long for the recriminations to return -- or for the Obama administration to begin talking about the unwelcome "inheritance" of its predecessor.
Reading through this article, you get the sense that The Post thinks that President Obama is making it up or something, that it really wasn't the fault of George W. Bush and his radically conservative policies that led to the economic crisis the nation now finds itself in. But that couldn't be further from the case.
We're not talking about a recession popping up years into the Obama administration, or even months. This economic downturn began long before Barack Obama was inaugurated or even elected. Indeed, the seeds for the nation's economic woes were sewn by the Republicans before Barack Obama even entered the national political scene four and a half years ago.
What's more, this article seems to gloss over the fact that the right is already trying to place blame for the recession on President Obama. Heck, Rush Limbaugh was proclaiming an "Obama recession" just two days after the November election.
A newspaper can work overtime to try to make it seem like the rhetoric is all Barack Obama's fault, that he's making up an assertion that he inherited a recession -- the worst, perhaps, since the Great Depression -- from George W. Bush, and that the Republicans weren't trying to pin blame for the recession long before he even had any chance to combat the economic problems, but that's just bunk.