March 18, 2009

Slight of Hand Administration

And Lo a pattern shall emerge.

Mr. Gibbs was nailed by questions by the press on the AIG bonuses.  Which brings us back to the good old "Who knew what, when?"  Which, to me, is fairly stupid.  Harry Trueman (one of my personal heroes) had this sign on his desk which simply stated The buck stops here.  This was a statement of ownership that any president should have over issues involving the country on a federal level.  All in all this 'outrage' over the year old known surprise that AIG paid bonuses is a distraction.

Boosting the ratings and exposure of Rush Limbaugh (who has higher approval ratings then Nancy Pelosi) by the president then the MSM was also a distraction.  Further the Santelli attacks, the Cramer attacks all distractions.  

There are some major issues.  11 trillion dollar's we cannot pay for without long term financing and a booming economy.  China wondering if investing in the US is a good idea.  The multiple snubs against the UK.  A huge spending budget with heavy socialist ties.  Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Nancey Pelosi doing some amazingly anti-Obama things, without being publicly called to task.  Slipping ratings (Obama is now below where Bush's popularity was at this time of his presidency).  Michelle Obama's diss of Laura Bush. Afghanistan offensive.

One of the more stark issues is Obama's idea of making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries.   I know Obama says we all have to sacrifice, but this is just piling on those who sacrifice much more then your average citizen, or more then our current President for that matter.


shoo said...

Obama's popularity is still far higher than Bush's is now, it is just lower than Bush's was at this time of his presidency, which doesn't bode well for the future.

Still, there is time for him to turn things around. If he changes his stripes to a moderate these early missteps will be largely forgotten.

Lee said...

thanks for the correction Shoo, that was what I was headed for.

- Rob said...

I saw a quote from Bush that Obama "deserves his silence" (i.e., Bush will not criticize what Obama is doing). This is a classy move, especially with all of the shots that so many people (including Obama) are taking against him right now.

Lee said...

Most of the stories about Bush leave out the rest.

"I love my country a lot more than I love politics," Bush said. "I think it is essential that he be helped in office."

So typical of Bush and a good representation of what an 'elder' statesman should follow.

Stella said...

I do give credit to both the elder AND younger Bushes for allowing the succeeding administrations to run the nation as they see fit without bashing them.

It's kind of cool that Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton go fishing. Who knew?

As far as Rush Limbaugh with higher approval ratings then Nancy Pelosi, I'm not sure either of them should have any approval whatsoever.