If the last couple of weeks have taught us anything it's that former Bush Administration officials, supporters, and defenders will do or say anything to excuse ANYTHING that happened in the eight years of the Bush White House. They all seem to suffer from some form of delusion of grandeur. Basically what is happening is that everything that went on during the early years of Bush's 1st term was blamed solely on President Clinton. Anything that happened towards the end of Bush's second term are either being pushed onto President Obama or somehow still blamed on President Clinton.
One of the amazing things to come out of this is after being told by the Bush White House and others how history will see him and that he was a great president, these same people are now trying to write the history books in advance and have provided us with so much spin that when the history books are eventually written on Bush he will be remembered as an unremarkable president that really didn't have to face any big issues for eight year. Those of us who live in reality know that's not even remotely true but that hasn't stopped his former press secretary from declaring that President Bush somehow inherited and attack that happened on his watch and "America's Mayor"© to declare that it never actually happened (of course he never said those exact words but when you say that no terrorist attacks occurred under Bush you are essentially erasing 9/11 from memory), more on his bizarre statements later.
The recession we are currently under according to the defenders of Bush wasn't caused by anything he did or encouraged, it was all the fault of Clinton, the Democrats after 2006, and naturally Obama (before he ever took office). The tragedy that was the aftermath of Katrina had nothing to do with Bush and his policies or that he had appointed a horse judge as FEMA director it was solely the fault of the citizens of the "city of Louisiana" -- this of course is a quote from then director of Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff.
But let's look a little closer to the implosion of Republican heads after the Christmas Day attack. The terrorist has been dubbed "The Underwear Bomber" but that tag is so ridiculous I will refer to the attack itself. In December 2001, a similar attempt was carried out by Richard Reid. He was immediately arrested and charged in federal court. He was eventually pled guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. President Bush was on vacation when the attempt occurred and eight days later mentioned in passing the attack. The press and Democrats were non-chalant about it and the nation moved forward.
Fast forward to December 2009 and we have a similar attack. The terrorist was taken into custody and will be charged in federal court. Obama was on vacation at the time but almost immediately released a statement and has made comments about what happened and what allowed the attack to happen almost daily, yet this time around the media and Republicans have been relentlessly going after Obama. I've mentioned in previous blogs the Republican Congressmen that have the lying disease, even one Senator DeMint who has actually said that words that Obama did say he never actually said and CNN not only giving him a pass on it but excusing his lie.
Then we move to the big dog of the political right, the ones that were there. Vice-President Cheney and "America's Mayor"© Rudy Guilliani who have been relentless in criticizing Obama for what they feel is his lack of action yet at the same time excusing Bush for less than ideal actions. Rudy Guilliani took it a step forward when, in trying to spin his thinking that 9/11 never happened, actually decided to declare that the Anthrax attacks under Bush didn't count as terrorism because 1)we never caught the person responsible and 2)he wasn't a Muslim terrorist. That must make the families of the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing scratch their heads that Guilliani doesn't count that attack as an act of terrorism because it wasn't a Muslim terrorist that carried it out. This is how tunnel visioned Republicans have become on terrorism that if the act is not carried out by a Muslim it doesn't count as terrorism.
When you listen to those that worked for, supported, or depended Bush you get quite a work of revisionist history as through their eyes Bush is not responsible for anything, most certainly 9/11, even though it occurred under his presidency, he was warned as president that an attack was coming, and he was warned by the Clinton Administration as he became president that al Queada was wanting to attack don't even try to tell them that Bush is partly responsible for the attack. They will come back and inform you that either 9/11 didn't happen under Bush's watch, 9/11 didn't happen or that Bush isn't responsible at all for 9/11.
To give Obama credit, he did come out and accept responsibility for the failures that allowed this attempted attack to occur. It is a refreshing change of pace from a White House and its people that did everything but accept blame for anything.
Obama has not backed away from anything and has taken everything head on. In years past this was a quality that most Americans have wanted in a president, but after eight years of a president who pushed blame at every opportunity Americans are now used to someone being blamed. The Republicans are naturally taking this head on. When Obama said that he would take ownership of the recession, even though he wasn't president when it took hold, that was all Republicans needed to fully blame the recession on Obama.
Now that Obama has said that he will take full responsibility for what happened on Christmas Day it won't take long for Republicans to blame Obama for any attack that has occurred in an eight year period (yes I am being sarcastic, but it wouldn't surprise me if they tried, and this liberal bias media will allow them to do it).
Sadly I don't expect anything other than this from today's Republicans. Who else can come out and absolutely lie about everything, get called on the lie, turn around and call that person or organization the liars (or taking them out of context -- their favorite phrase when they put their foot in their mouth) and are allowed to do so by our liberal biased press.
Just one more issue I want to point out. For all those people that believe that Obama is the most liberal president we have ever had, you know nothing of true liberalism. For those of you that believe that Obama is a liberal, you know nothing of liberalism.
As we stand today, true liberals and the Tea Party Patriots have more in common than either group will ever admit.