Two and a half years into his presidency, President Obama continues to blame George W. Bush for his own economic predicament. The blame is more subtle, but unmistakable, and it was on display in his appearance this morning before reporters in the Rose Garden.
We’ve added more than 2 million new private sector jobs over the past 16 months, but the recession cost us more than 8 million . . . The economic challenges that we face weren’t created overnight, and they’re not going to be solved overnight.
And now he’s started blaming everyone else too, from Mother Nature, to state governments, to the Greeks
We’ve always known that we’d have ups and downs on our way back from this recession. And over the past few months, the economy has experienced some tough headwinds — from natural disasters, to spikes in gas prices, to state and local budget cuts that have cost tens of thousands of cops and firefighters and teachers their jobs. The problems in Greece and in Europe, along with uncertainty over whether the debt limit here in the United States will be raised, have also made businesses hesitant to invest more aggressively.
He’ll need to come up with something better. Instead of casting about for villains, the president should simply tell the American people he’s doing everything he can, and he expects things to begin improving soon.
He might as well, because if things don’t get better, he’ll be raising money for his presidential library in about 18 months. No use blaming others. American voters aren’t stupid, and they are bred with and teach to their offspring the concept of responsibility. Every day they say to their children, “I don’t care who’s to blame, just clean it up.”
Harry Truman was known for saying “The buck stops here.” John F. Kennedy turned the Bay of Pigs disaster to his advantage when he embraced responsibility for it. Obama can’t even take responsibility for the war he started with Libya, letting our incompetent European allies do the fighting..
Obama needs to own the economy. It’s his whether he likes it or not.