Tuesday. April 19, 2011
I’ve taken a fair amount of heat for referring to President Obama as “George W. Bush with a tan,” and calling Obama’s first term, “George W. Bush’s third term.” Obama’s supporters cover their ears and shout, not fair, he inherited Bush’s mess. Cut him some slack.
But apparently, some in the mainstream media see the same similarities I’ve noticed and they’re starting to speak up. Take Steven Thomma at McClatchy Newspapers. He writes:
(Obama) ran as the anti-Bush.
On the nation’s finances: the man who once ripped Bush as a failed leader for seeking to raise the nation’s debt ceiling now wants to do it himself.
On terrorism: Obama criticized Bush for sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and denying them access to U.S. civilian courts. Now he says he’ll do the same.
On taxes: Obama called the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy wrong, and lately began calling again to end them. But in December he signed a deal with Republicans to extend them for two years, and recently he called the entire tax cut package good for the country.
And on war: as a candidate, Obama said that the president didn’t have authority to unilaterally attack a country that didn’t pose an imminent threat to the U.S., and even then the president should always seek the informed consent of Congress. Last month, without a vote in Congress, he attacked Libya, which didn’t threaten the U.S.
While differences remain between Obama and Bush, at the same time, there are many surprising similarities Obama’s policies and the Bush-era policies. From debt, to taxes, to war and to handling terrorists, Obama’s first term is very much, George W. Bush’s third term.