Obama vs. Bush – What happened to the Press?

By Steven A. Castleton

   
         
   

I do not recall one instance after 9/11 that President George W. Bush ever blamed the attacks on Bill Clinton.

I do not recall President George W. Bush ever saying “we inherited this mess” when he discussed the Intelligence Communities failures to stop the attacks on 09/11, even though it WAS BILL CLINTON’s administration that decimated the strength of our Intelligence Communities.

If George W. Bush had more major campaign contributors staying at the White House or sitting in on policy briefings then Bill Clinton would you have approved?

If George W. Bush spent more time playing golf then Bill Clinton would you or the press have approved?

If George W. Bush’s “cash for clunkers” program had GIVEN OVER $1,500,000,000.00 (yes $1.5 billion) to Japan for that country’s economic stimulus program would you or the press have approved?

If George W. Bush had banned CNN or The New York Times from White House Briefings would you or the press have approved? Or would you and the press have said that they can write or say what they wish under something called The First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you or the press have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you or the press have approved?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had a Republican Congress allocate 5.6 Billion dollars for a civilian volunteer security force, as strong and well equipped as the regular Army and under his personal authority, would you have been concerned?

If George W. Bush had proposed doubling the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed doubling the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had promised detailed tracking of the spending from a $785 Billion Stimulus Bill and then postponed that oversight until 2010, would you approve or would you think something "smelled fishy"? If Bush had promised 48 hour advance posting of the same bill on the internet and only released it two hours before congressional approval, would you wonder what was being hidden from the public?

If Bush's White House Staff had spent over $300,000 flying Air Force One low over New York (for a publicity photo flyby with the Statue of Liberty) frightening the city, wouldn't you have expected Bush to make the pictures public? Would you have approved? Obama won't give them up, but he will release the secret "torture memos".

If George W. Bush had been "addicted" to using a TelePrompTer, and was afraid to give a speech without having one, would you have approved? Would you think he was intelligent?

If George W. Bush had pre-approved/pre-picked the list of reporters allowed to ask questions at his press conferences and refused to call on the correspondent from MSNBC (FOX with Obama), would you have approved? Is that a Fair and Balanced news conference?

If George W. Bush and a Republican Congress had given hundreds of millions of dollars to a group (the right-wing equivalent of ACORN) after its members had been convicted of voter registration fraud, would you approve of them to doing the 2010 Census, which will determine congressional districts for 10 years? Will you trust ACORN in 2010?

Would you have approved of George W. Bush moving the Census from the Dept. of Commerce into the White House and putting his Chief of Staff in control of the counting?

Let’s get back to 9/11, President George W. Bush took this country on his shoulders and took any and all blame for not preventing the attacks.

Why you ask?

Because he did what a Commander-In- Chief should do.

He took one for the team!

He knew it would serve no good for him to pass much of the blame (and correctly so) for the Intelligence Communities failures on 9/11.

He knew that for the sake of the Country. For the sake of the free world, he “just fixed the problem”.

As for President Obama, well he has done all this in less than 10 months -- so we still have over three years full of surprises and passing the blame to come.

I know what a real economic stimulus plan would be. Every time President Obama or his administration says “we inherited this mess” or “we brought the Nation back from the brink”, every family should be given a $100.00 tax credit. Let the counting begin!