The White House today took the “blame Goerge W. Bush for President Obama’s problems” strategy to a new extreme, asserting the former president left Obama with an assortment of problems rivaling that of any president in history.
Answering a question about when Obama will complete “things that are left undone” – as referenced by a supporter in the Obama campaign video released today – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested that Obama has been hindered in his effort to finish his initiatives by a unprecedented cleanup operation necessitated by Bush.
Well, without addressing, again, specifically that video, I would say that he has been in office for a little over two years and faced a collection of challenges that compare in their size and complexity with any collection ever faced by any president coming into office in the history of this country.
Carney’s comment suggests the White House believes that the problems Obama faced on Inauguration Day are equal to those of Abraham Lincoln, who was presented with the secession of the South and the need to wage a Civil War; George Washington, who had to launch what was then the experiment known as the United States of American; Franklin D. Roosevelt, who took over a country facing The Great Depression; and Gerald Ford, who had to heal both the economy as well as a nation torn asunder by the resignation of Richard Nixon.
The comment by Carney indicates the Obama campaign will try to revive the 2008 campaign storyline of a heroic Obama while deemphasizing particular issues like health care reform, which is unpopular with at least half the electorate. Indeed, the campaign video released today fails to mention a single specific Obama initiative or achievement, pointing solely to the need for Obama to continue as president.