White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today compared the results of the Bush administration’s economic policies to a very large pile of manure, saying that the Obama White House inherited a dismal economic situation and has been forced to clean up “the elephant tent.”
Carney spoke today at the daily White House briefing, where he was asked about tax cuts under George W. Bush.
The president spoke and has spoken clearly about the decisions that were taken in the previous administration that took surpluses and turned them into deficits — massive deficits, and they include the two tax cuts; they include an unfunded Medicare prescription drug program; they include two wars put on credit cards.
Now, we’ve spent a lot of time in this administration cleaning up the tent — the elephant tent, if you will. And it hasn’t always been an easy task . . .
Carney’s vitriolic characterization comes as President Obama is again claiming he hopes to work productively with Republicans and that politics should be put aside so lawmakers and the White House can strike a deal that will help the economy and reduce the deficit.