Obama Ran Against Bush, Now Governs like Him, McClatchy

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.

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19 Responses to Obama Ran Against Bush, Now Governs like Him, McClatchy

  1. feminazi says:

    I would like a refund on the $50 I contributed to Obama’s 2008 campaign. If I had known then what I know now, I would’ve saved the donation and given it to my nephew who is graduating from high school in two months. I’m quite serious.

  2. Big Hank says:

    Truer words were never spoken.

    If you liked eight years of Bush/Cheney, reelect Obama in 2012 and can enjoy sixteen years of Bush/Cheney. Obama has turned out to be one of the worst presidents in recent memory. And it all started off so well?

  3. I just hope more Americans realize this about Obama.

    If you liked Bush’s policies — cool, vote to reelect Obama in 2012 and he will deliver them on a silver platter. But, if you have had enough of Bush 2.0, use your vote wisely.

    Even if it means a write-in candidate in 2012.

  4. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    A few people are paying attention and haven’t gotten lost in the same, old, hackneyed ‘Democratic v. Republican’ paradigm because those days are long gone.

    If you don’t think so, just ask the resident along the Gulf of Mexico.

    The BP/Deepwater Horizon mess is Obama’s Katrina. He was late to respond and a year later, residents haven’t gotten a dime from the $20 billion dollar fund his administration had BP set-up to make the victims whole again.

    Why do you think gas prices are so high? Until record profits are realized at the retail level, BP won’t transfer a dime into the fund. In the meantime, people along the Gulf can’t work, they’re getting sick and poverty is soaring.

  5. Mets Fan says:

    69% of Americans say we’re are on the wrong track and only 38% of Americans say Barry deserves reelection.

    Americans are paying attention. When you pay $4.19 a gallon, reality slaps you across the face like a cold January wind.

  6. okjimm` says:

    OK…… and I don’t want to be trite…. or argue…… but who else is there? Who is anywhere close to qualified? There is virtually no one on the Republican side…. and there is no one on the Democratic side. The real truth is that there is now more ‘power’ in Congress than there is in the Presidency. That with less than 18 months before the next election, less than 10 months before the campaigns really kick in…. there is no one. None, who will commit political suicide. The country is as fucked up now (I would argue less so, but I said I did not want to argue) and I frankly can only think that the ‘trickle down’ theory has worked…. all the ‘shit’ is now at the state level and in Congress. And shit it is!!!!!
    So… who would these readers support? I would like to listen. Bernie Sanders, Dennis Kuchinich, Russ Feingold…. I can only think of a short, thin list. My politics have gone local…. Wisconsin State…. recalling State Senators…. trying to get rid of our asshole governor next January….
    I know Obama is not popular on these pages….. but who would NOT do worse? and Who coulod do BETTER….. seriously…. I don’t know… and I would like to dialogue… really

  7. Brigadoon says:

    Mets Fan – Remember Obama’s much touted mortgage restructuring program? The White House throw 4 million homeowners upside down this bone and said the program would save their homes. Well, more than a year on and guess what? Just 10% of those 4 million homeowners have had any success. And Obama? He’s focused on reelection now and can’t be bothered.

  8. Rachel says:

    This is why I don’t understand why people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are so critical of President Obama? He’s continued Bush’s policies on everything, given the rich a tax break and supports Simpson-Bowles. Obama is no Democrat.

  9. OKJimm,

    You’re free to be as “trite” or “argue” whenever you want. Your comments always have a home here.

    Elections aren’t won on six-pack abs or nice hair, elections are won on bread and butter issues like jobs and the economy. A staggering 57% now disapprove of the job President Obama is doing with the economy — this per today’s Washington Post-ABC News Poll.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/polls

    In at least 10 states, gas is over $4 a gallon and analysts say we should prepare for $5 a gallon gas by Memorial Day. Obama will pay dearly for this, as he should. The price of gas began to climb when Obama started bombing Libya. Despite Obama’s arrogant assertion Americans are paying high gas prices because the economies of India and China are booming — the reason is strictly geopolitical.

    Back to jobs. Where are they? This is Obama’s third year in office. All he squawks about is the glory of green jobs. What about manufacturing jobs? High tech jobs? Healthcare jobs? I know it’s popular with Obama’s base to blame John Boehner for the lack of jobs but when will this president take ownership of the economy? The failure to create jobs and not redeploying the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan?

    The American people are weary of the partisan blame game — we want answers and solutions and Obama isn’t delivering them. I think whoever challenges Obama, if he or she has a plan to create jobs, end the three wars we’re in, and lower energy prices, Obama will have his ass handed to him. He doesn’t deserve reelection.

  10. Scott Dancer says:

    When you vote for a Democrat who governs like a Republican does this mean you need to vote for a Republican because they will govern like a Democrat?

    I’ve never voted GOP in my life but if things don’t improve quickly, I have to wonder if the time has come to consider the alternative? I’ve been a real estate broker 15 years and I can no longer make a living at it. No one can get a mortgage and people aren’t buying. I don’t see what Obama has done to improve this economy. In fact, he’s making it worse.

  11. DMason says:

    If you think Obama is doing a good job as president then ask yourself: why is gold selling for $1500 an ounce? The answer is a simple one. The US dollar has no value. Why do you think money is so expensive for America to borrow to keep the store open? Obama’s economic team come from the same Wall Street firm where Bush found his economic team: Goldman Sachs. Bush’s posse were scoundrels and so are Obama’s. Still think Obama deserves another term?

  12. Seabec says:

    Gee, I thought I was the only one who sees troubling similarities between Bush and Obama?

  13. Ypsilanti says:

    Yet for many in the reality-based community — or what’s left of it, George Bush was the most ridiculed and hated political figure in modern politics.

    But when it comes to Barack Obama, many in his base choose to ignore how his policies mirror those of his predecessor. They hand Obama a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. It’s the most stunning example of hypocrisy I’ve seen since Bush used a 10 year old intel report on Saddam Hussein as justification to go to war and Bush’s base swallowed it.

    This is one of the many reasons I don’t post much these days. I can’t stomach politics.

  14. Jolly Roger says:

    I’ve said before, that if we want change, the Executive is the wrong place to look-they are so compromised by the time they get there that they are about useless. If we could get some truly decent representation in Congress, we could force the Executive to play along. The Koch brothers have figured this out, and now we need to acknowledge it as well.

  15. okjimm says:

    Christopher…. ‘preciate that. The deal is… in the fall of ’10 there were so many feeling disinterested, disenfranchised…… that they didn’t vote… and that gave folks like Wi Governutz Scott Walker, and that fucking idiot in FL and the ilk like Jan Brewer thinking they had a mandate to do what-ever-the-fuck they wanted. And it wasn’t pretty.

    and it will not be pretty in 2012. It can get uglier. Obama has been blamed for every thing that Bush fucked up… and then blamed when, with out a solid congress behind him…. he did not fix it all in two years. Now just saying…. who OUT THERE IS BETTER! and are they running? and still, to me, the most pressing question is WHO IS running and how much worse can it be…. for the poor, the immigrants, the middle glass, the gay community……. Iknow, having a lesser of two evils attitude is no really progressive….. but the political sphere is FULL of REAL ASSholes

  16. OKJimm,

    Then it sounds like you’re voting to reelect Obama. Good for you.

  17. okjimm says:

    right now…. I don’t feel I have any choice. It’s not that I think Obama is that great…. because he does have mucho flaws…. but at this stage of the game… I am definitely not in favor of any Republican… and trying to back a third party candidate is just not real…. I hate to be put in that kind of choice…. but the REPUBS, Teabag inspired idiots… are hell bent on turning back two centuries of social progress, civil rights, progressive attitudes…education. The right is fueled by Rove, Norquist and funded by corporations and folks like the Koch brothers. I think I am just being Pragmatic. If Obama has proven anything… it is that a President cannot succeed in anything if he does not have congressional support. To those ends we are working exceedingly hard to get rid of Wisconsin State Senators and Assemblymen that were swept into office last fall by a serious wave of ampathy…. and now our Governor is raping the state. Oh, shit, sometimes I feel so old and .. remembering all the shit that Nixon did, Viet Nam… Watergate….. and it all is coming back. Hey, thanks for listening.

  18. …a President cannot succeed in anything if he does not have congressional support.

    OKJimm,

    So what was Barry’s excuse when the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the Executive? He had it all and what does he have to point to?

    A national healthcare plan that DOESN’T include Single-Payer or Medicare-for-all and is probably unconstitutional under the Commerce clause of the US Constitution?

    No wonder Lt. Bradley Manning has been transferred to a mental hospital.

  19. Obama never ran against Bush !!

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