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Looks Like Obama Is Bush3 After All

How many of us, for the last year or more, have been shouting from the rooftops that Barack Obama is Bush3. “Preposterous,” his supporters cried. Well, now you have even Jackson Diehl, Deputy Editor of the Washington Post editorial page coming out with an article aptly titled George W. Obama? No kidding? WaPo was solidly in the tank for him throughout the entire campaign so when they start talking like this…Wow.

No secret that I am not a fan of Barack Obama. No secret that I campaigned vigorously for Hillary Clinton and would have far preferred her leadership in the White House at this critical point in time. That stated, the crisis in which we now find ourselves calls for action and progress and whoever is at the helm – I want success. But the biggest problem I had with Pres. Obama in the first place is my gut feeling that his words were – just words. This is a man who:

• Promised a filibuster on FISA, then voted for it, without so much as a backward glance,
• Touted Reagan and Reaganomics,
• Campaigned down south with Donnie McClurkin, an ex-gay man “reformed through prayer” and later sent his California supporters mixed messages on Prop 8,
• Wants to expand Bush’s faith based initiatives,
• Wanted to keep Blackwater going,
• Stood before the German people, giving a speech about “bringing walls down,” making Russians the bad guy, conveniently forgetting they were the allies in WWII who helped to break Hitler’s back. (How nice for him to give the German people a pass on the holocaust while 200,000 of them were enjoying their rock concert and buying buttons of Obama dressed in Lederhosen holding a bunch of beer steins…)
• Has trouble finding cabinet nominees without tax or other legal problems. Vet much?

Most important, this is a man for whom the truth was an ever elastic substance, that he could stretch and break at will, knowing the slobbering media would never call him on any of it. Forgive me, but this is not someone I would call the new liberal messiah. I would call him a wordsmith. I would call him a manipulator. And I would not call him an honest broker for change.

Mr. Diehl’s article states:

Washington has spent the past couple of weeks debating whether Barack Obama’s ambitious agenda and political strategy are more comparable to those of Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan. Oddly, hardly anyone is talking about the ways in which Obama is beginning to resemble the man who just vacated the White House.

He goes on to talk about Bush’s high approval ratings after 9/11..

London, Berlin and even Moscow rallied behind him. A front-page analysis in The Post in late November said that “President Bush [has] a dominance over American government . . . rivaling even Franklin D. Roosevelt’s command.”

…and how Bush squandered all that good will:

just over seven years ago, Bush found himself in much the same position as the new president today — leading the country through what was universally considered a national emergency. In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Bush’s approval rating soared above 80 percent at home. Then, according to today’s established wisdom, Bush squandered his chance to lead. Three cardinal errors are commonly cited: The president failed to ask a willing nation for sacrifice, instead inviting consumers to shop and heaping on more tax cuts. Rather than forge a bipartisan response to the crisis, he used it to ram through big, polarizing pieces of the Republican Party’s ideological agenda — from asserting presidential powers to breach treaties to eliminating protections for federal workers. Worst, he chose to launch a war of choice in Iraq, thereby shredding what remained of post-Sept. 11 national unity and diverting attention and resources from the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

That brings us to the first weeks of the Obama administration, set against the background of a scary and steadily deepening global economic crisis. Last month, in his first address to Congress, Obama warned the country that fixing the huge problems in the financial markets and housing and auto industries would require a historic effort. “None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy,” he said. “But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.”

Minutes later, Obama spelled out what he proposes this to mean for 98 percent of Americans: “You will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime. In fact, the recovery plan provides a tax cut . . . and these checks are on the way.”

So much for summoning the country to sacrifice. Obama has been no more willing to ask average Americans to pitch in, even once the recession is over, than Bush.

Does he have a printing press in the basement? Oh that’s right. He does. And what will happen after he prints all that money to hand out to people? I know many squeezed by this economic downturn. They are sacrificing and doing what they can to get through. Is this the time to be printing money, or pushing pet pork projects? How about awakening to the reality that you cannot recklessly jam your entire agenda through at once? First address the banking crisis properly. Tim Geithner can’t even seem to staff up much less get something coherent going that will help to calm the markets down.

Well, as Pres. Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, said “Never waste a good crisis.” This brings to mind Naomi Klein’s book “Shock Doctrine” –but it seems it is not only the Republicans who capitalize on the fears of the American people to push their own agenda past all reason.

What about bipartisanship? Like Bush, Obama offered a few early gestures. And like Bush, he has been unapologetic about using emergency measures like the stimulus bill to press polarizing Democratic priorities…

The Bush administration pushed through the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 by suggesting that opponents didn’t want to stop another al-Qaeda attack. In his first news conference, Obama suggested that congressional opponents of the stimulus package “believe that we should do nothing” about the economic emergency. Last week his political team launched a concerted and ugly campaign to portray Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party and “I want the president to fail” as its slogan. Republicans who have taken the crisis seriously, offered their own solutions and even supported the president on occasion — Sen. John McCain comes to mind — have been ignored.

Yep. As Mr. Diehl further points out, this is right out of the Rovian playbook – demonize Rush and all Republicans and distract from their own agenda, shortcomings and dishonesty. Remember when anyone who opposed the Iraq war was labeled unpatriotic, or worse – a traitor?

Just as Bush promoted tax cuts as a remedy for surplus and then later as essential in a time of deficits, so Obama has come up with strained arguments as to why health-care reform, which he supported before the economic collapse, turns out to be essential to recovery. Yet as he convened his “health care summit” at the White House on Thursday, the stock market was hitting another 12-year-low; General Motors was again teetering on the brink of insolvency and the country was still waiting to hear the details of the Treasury’s proposal to bail out banks. George W. Bush might well be asking: Is the president taking his eye off the ball?

I am all for health care reform, but this must be a careful, painstaking and bipartisan effort. And those involved in the “summit” should be the best minds on the subject.

I had forgotten just how much the press touted Bush at the beginning — to borrow a line from the play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses: nothing like “applauding the tenor for clearing his throat”. That didn’t work out so well for us either, did it? That’s what happens when we allow the media to pick our president and skew the news to influence the outcome. Also an echo of times past.

The Wall St. Journal now has an opinion piece entitled “Obama Channels Cheney”which discusses…

In a federal lawsuit, the Obama legal team is arguing that judges lack the authority to enforce their own rulings in classified matters of national security. The standoff concerns the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi Arabian charity that was shut down in 2004 on evidence that it was financing al Qaeda. Al-Haramain sued the Bush Administration in 2005, claiming it had been illegally wiretapped.

At the heart of Al-Haramain’s case is a classified document that it says proves that the alleged eavesdropping was not authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. That record was inadvertently disclosed after Al-Haramain was designated as a terrorist organization; the Bush Administration declared such documents state secrets after their existence became known.

…The Obama Justice Department has adopted a legal stance identical to, if not more aggressive than, the Bush version. (read more here)

That’s about as pure an assertion of Presidential power as they come, and we’re beginning to wonder if the White House has put David Addington, Mr. Cheney’s chief legal aide, on retainer. The practical effect is to prevent the courts from reviewing the legality of the warrantless wiretapping program that Mr. Obama repeatedly claimed to find so heinous — at least before taking office…

Then again, we are relearning that the “Imperial Presidency” is only imperial when the President is a Republican. Democrats who spent years denouncing George Bush for “spying on Americans” and “illegal wiretaps” are now conspicuously silent.

This is the difference between campaigning and governing. Whether or not you agree with Obama’s actions in this instance, this man pretended to be exactly the opposite of who he is. So much for his supporters’ excuse that he reneged and voted for FISA NOW only so he could return to fix it LATER.

Stuff and blather.

Since he had no governing or executive experience and little legislative experience, he was elected solely on the basis of his “representations” of what he would “be” to the American people. I guess the view from inside the White House is a little different, as President Obama is rapidly learning.

He also has a penchant for vacations like Bush2 and now an article has been released pointing out how tired and overwhelmed the President is. Give me a break! He wanted this job. He bought this job with almost a billion dollars and now complains he’s not getting enough rest? He knew what he was inheriting, didn’t he? This is all Hillary and McCain talked about while they were campaigning — the grave responsibility and pressures of the office. Perhaps Mr. Obama never actually bothered to “read” the words he was reciting on his teleprompter about the state of our country, because he certainly didn’t seem to take them seriously. Or else, he might have chosen not to run in the first place.

Didn’t our dear friend Hillary point out the White House is the hottest kitchen in the world? Seven weeks in, he’s tired? That’s why he couldn’t be bothered to treat British Prime Minister Gordon Brown better on his visit here? Unfortunately, like Bush, he is in way over his head. Maybe we should install some cedars in the Rose Garden that President Obama can chop at for relaxation. Hey, anything we can do to help, sir, just let us know.

The President met with Republicans a few weeks ago to arrogantly proclaim, “Well, I won.” That doesn’t sound like the “new politics” to me. Sounds eerily like another arrogant man we remember all too well.

  • QUEENIE

    National Security Advisor James Jones- “I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger”

    February 08, 2009
    Jones’s Remarks to the Munich Security Conference
    By James Jones

    Hotel Bayerischer Hof
    Munich, Germany

    Thank you for that wonderful tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger, filtered down through General Brent Scowcroft and Sandy Berger, who is also here . We have a chain of command in the National Security Council that exists today.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    edit to add…………..
    Why did Obama send Kissinger to Russia a few weeks ago , representing his administration and the USA..
    lets see shall we??????

    ****Remember this is the same Henry Kissinger that the 9/11 families and those of us with the airlines involved, fought to have removed from the 9/11 commission white wash ……

    Why has Obama partnered up with Kissinger?????????? Kissinger is one of the worst US government criminals.. in my entire 56 yr lifetime .

    http://www.answers.com/topic/timothy-f-geithner

    Timothy Geithner
    Career
    After completing his studies, Geithner worked for Kissinger and Associates in Washington, D.C., for three years and then joined the International Affairs division of the U.S. Treasury Department in 1988. He was deputy assistant secretary for international monetary and financial policy (1995–1996), senior deputy assistant secretary for international affairs (1996-1997), assistant secretary for international affairs (1997–1998).<

    He was Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs (1998–2001) under Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers. Summers was his mentor, but other sources call him a Rubin protégé.

    Treasury Secretary designee Geithner meets Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus November 25, 2008
    In 2002 he left the Treasury to join the Council on Foreign Relations as a Senior Fellow in the International Economics department. At the International Monetary Fund he was director of the Policy Development and Review Department (2001-2003).

  • Andy

    Great piece Ani; well said.

  • mary

    Ani

    Very thoughtful, incisive post–and with comments that ring true. How could Obama ever talk about “bringing the wall(of Berlin) down” in Germany, knowing it was the RUSSIANS who were the AMERICAN ALLIES in the Second World War, and not the Germans. His historical amnesia is legendary! But he’s just an overly ambitious Chicago thug with a muscled-in-Chicago wife-advisor!

    Should Jon Favreau, his boy-toy-speechwriter sexist-in-residence, not buy his Boss/boyfriend perhaps a book on who were the Allies in WWII? It would give him the opportunity to learn some history–NOT FROM THE TELEPROMPTER!
    \\
    Obama is an embarrassment — especially without a telempropter…

    • Ani

      Thanks, Mary, and for your other insightful comments listed above. I am likewise incensed that the libeal elite — presumably with a better education than I had, are such poor students of history. What is they say about those who do not learn from mistakes being doomed to repeat them?

  • helenk

    I think this fits in with this post.

    http://www.maniacworld.com/presidential-jeopardy./html

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE, MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

    • FLDemFem

      That link brings up Error 404..or should that be Error 44? Heh.

  • TeakwoodKite

    Hope is a shaft of light through the clouds…not what BO is selling.

  • kat in your hat

    I never agreed with the Obama/ Bush comparison–especially if it means calling Obama a republican. Oblow is not a republican.

    Bush and Oblow have a few things in common, but some of that is just fascist stuff. (like FISA) That’s what happens when someone is far Left or far Right–like tyrants–left or right–they can share things in common.

    But it’s a joke to think Oblow is a republican.

    • mary

      kat in your hat

      I don’t really think it’s a joke to think that Obama is a REpublican….or a democrat….or a fascist….or a buddhist! This XEROXED copy of a president is blowing with the Wind and has no set ideology to sustain him; thus his inability to come across like FDR with resolute strategic planning to get us out of this mess!

      Don’t forget he PRAISED REAGAN by saying repeatedly throughout the primaries that was the “TRAJECTORY OF HISTORY”–and Bill Clinton was rightfully incensed that this neophyte Empty Suit would praise the other Empty Suited Repugnant who needed a Ventriloquist to run his show just as Barry O. does now….
      the Harvard Right wing nuts endorsed Obama and they in fact voted him in as “Law Review Editor”–cause Barry O. was spending night after night schmoozing with the Republicanos!!!

    • QUEENIE

      Kat in your hat..see my other post ..but let me ask you..

      Why did Obama send Kissinger to represent him to Russia??????????????

      Yes Kissinger who is one of the worst criminals and murderers in our government in my lifetime,

      and a Man the 9/11 families and those of us with the two airlines involved in 9/11 fought so hard to have removed from the 9/11 commission..if Obama is not a republican then he is being run by the powers of the NWO..but he sure as hell is not any kind of Dem i recongnize!!

  • FREEDOM_IS_DEAD

    What you guy may not understand is that Bush was a “progressive” (but a religious christian one while Oboobi is an endoctrinated Marxist) in conservative clothing…no wonder their outlook and approach is the same.

    Another thing is that for some reason many of you are under the impression that conservatives are religious fanatics when if fact they always were and still are the heart of the true or the classical Liberal movement. Because they always competed for the hearts of the folk, the atheist progressives started a campaign to lump them with the religious progressives as early as around 1912.

    My point….of course they’re the same: they both believe in expanding, meddling, and costly government. It’s really all just a enormous scam promulgated by the communications industry (all mainly marxist or atheist progressives).

    • mary

      What Reagan failed to understand and, in fact, started this whole mess by deregulation and loving to death the ‘FREE MARKET’ and LET THE MARKET REGULATE ITSELF garbage, is that citizens have a SOCIAL CONTRACT with their GOVERNMENT. This is not communism! This is how the best forms of Democratic governments are governed. Look no farther than Canada. Since l965, Universal Health care and not a single ignominious bankruptcy due to ….Medical Bills! Women’s Equality is in the Canadian Charter of rights since l982.

      Two reasons for Canada being the No. 1 financially viable nation in the world:

      1. Social Democratic government with universal health care and women’s equality and Pay equity legislation in place.

      2. MULTI-PARTY system. The two major ones, Liberal and Conservatives are perrenially in Minority situation allowing the third Progressive New Democratic Party (socialist?) to dictate progressive legislation.

      3. MARKETS and Banks in Canada operated under strict regulatory schemes. Yet business is booming…

      Canada spends only 6.9 of its GDP on Health care (NO MIDDLE MEN!)
      U. S. is spending over 17%….should have listened to Hillary in ’93 when she sent a team of researchers to analyze the Canadian universal health care system.
      HILLARY WAS AHEAD OF HER TIME IN UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE….TOO BAD THE REPUBLICANS SCREWED UP….

  • beachnan

    It’s about damn time they woke up!!!! Obama cannot handle this job. He does not have the experience or the temperment to be President. Maybe we will get lucky and he will resign.

    • Obamastolemyboyfriend

      A narcissist would never resign. He may make up some health story for sympathy or fake his own death, but not outright resign.

  • jangles

    Can somebody please make him go away?

  • Chris Martin

    It’s striking that an Editor said this. As Evan Thomas kept saying in his interview with Paula, it was generally the editors who were more inclined toward Obama than the journalists. Given that the media came to despise Bush at the end, it’s not a good sign for Obama that they are comparing him to Bush.

  • gumsnapper

    A couple of verrry interesting articles:

    Obama acting like a manchurian candidate:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_hassett&sid=amhpOT5rlR1Y

    And another speculating whether his popularity has peaked:
    http://www.splicetoday.com/politics-and-media/has-obama-s-popularity-peaked

    • Ani

      Thanks for the link to Bloomberg — we have been referrring to him as the Manchurian Candidate for over a year.

      Truly, his ability and desire to pander to every different audience and tell them exactly what they want to hear — no matter how contradictory to what he said the day before — was the most frightening of all. Even a week before the election, pundits were saying they had no idea how he would govern or what his policies would be — and they voted for him anyway! And they pushed him anyway — relentlessly.

      All but about 5 journalists and pundits out there deserve to be flogged in the town square.

  • FREEDOM_IS_DEAD

    HERE COMES CHINA (wjsonline-today):

    U.S. Protests Chinese Shadowing of U.S. Navy Ship-Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon charged Monday that five Chinese ships shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. Navy vessel in an apparent attempt to harass the American crew.

    Defense officials in the Obama administration said the incident Sunday followed several days of “increasingly aggressive” acts by Chinese ships in the region. The incident took place in international waters in the South China Sea, about 75 miles south of Hainan Island.

    U.S. officials said a protest was lodged with the Chinese government over the weekend and it was to be repeated to a Beijing military attaché at a Pentagon meeting Monday.

    The USNS Impeccable sprayed one ship with water from fire hoses to force it away. Despite the force of the water, Chinese crew members stripped to their underwear and continued closing within 25 feet, the Defense Department said.

    “On March 8, 2009, five Chinese vessels shadowed and aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity to USNS Impeccable, in an apparent coordinated effort to harass the U.S. ocean surveillance ship while it was conducting routine operations in international waters,” the Pentagon statement said.

    The Chinese ships included a Chinese Navy intelligence collection ship, a Bureau of Maritime Fisheries Patrol Vessel, a State Oceanographic Administration patrol vessel, and two small Chinese-flagged trawlers, officials said.

    “The Chinese vessels surrounded USNS Impeccable, two of them closing to within 50 feet, waving Chinese flags and telling Impeccable to leave the area,” officials said in the statement.

    “Because the vessels’ intentions were not known, Impeccable sprayed its fire hoses at one of the vessels in order to protect itself,” the Defense statement said. “The Chinese crew members disrobed to their underwear and continued closing to within 25 feet.”

    Impeccable crew radioed to tell the Chinese ships that it was leaving the area and requested a safe path to navigate, the Pentagon said.

    But shortly afterward, two of the Chinese ships stopped directly ahead of the Impeccable, forcing it to an emergency stop to avoid collision because the Chinese had dropped pieces of wood in the water directly in front of Impeccable’s path.

    “The unprofessional maneuvers by Chinese vessels violated the requirement under international law to operate with due regard for the rights and safety of other lawful users of the ocean,” said Marine Maj. Stewart Upton, a Pentagon spokesman.

    “We expect Chinese ships to act responsibly and refrain from provocative activities that could lead to miscalculation or a collision at sea, endangering vessels and the lives of U.S. and Chinese mariners,” Maj. Upton added.

    In Beijing, Chinese officials did not immediately respond to voicemail messages and email.

    China views almost the entirety of the South China Sea as its territory. China’s claims to small islets in the region have put it at odds with five governments — the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

    Maj. Upton said U.S. Navy ships and aircraft routinely operate in the area and that Chinese ships and aircraft routinely steam or fly nearby. “However, these actions were considerably more aggressive and unprofessional than we have seen.”

    He said the Impeccable is one of five surveillance ships that gather underwater acoustical data.

    The incident came just a week after China and the U.S. resumed military-to-military consultations following a five-month suspension over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. And it came as Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was due in Washington this week to meet with U.S. officials.

    Pentagon officials said the close encounter followed several other incidents involving the Impeccable and another U.S. vessel Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    On Wednesday, a Chinese Bureau of Fisheries Patrol vessel used a high-intensity spotlight to illuminate the ocean surveillance ship USNS Victorious as it operated in the Yellow Sea, about 125 nautical miles from China’s coast, the Pentagon said. The move was made without notice or warning, U.S. officials said. The next day, a Chinese Y-12 maritime surveillance aircraft conducted 12 fly-bys of Victorious at an altitude of about 400 feet and a range of 500 yards.
    On Thursday, a Chinese frigate approached USNS Impeccable without warning and crossed its bow at a close range of approximately 100 yards, the Pentagon said. This was followed less than two hours later by a Chinese Y-12 aircraft conducting 11 fly-bys of Impeccable at an altitude of 600 feet and a range from 100-300 feet. The frigate then closely crossed Impeccable’s bow yet again, this time at a range of approximately 400-500 yards without rendering courtesy or notice of her intentions.
    On Saturday, a Chinese intelligence collection ship challenged USNS Impeccable over bridge-to-bridge radio, calling her operations illegal and directing Impeccable to leave the area or “suffer the consequences.”
    Sunday’s incident is reminiscent of a similar early foreign policy crisis that forced former President George W. Bush to deal with Beijing shortly after he took office — China’s forced landing of a spy plane and seizure of the crew in April 2001.

    That incident between a Chinese jet and U.S. Navy spy plane infuriated Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who responded by breaking off U.S. military contacts with China for a time.

    The Chinese fighter jet collided in midair with a U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance plane. The Navy plane was so badly damaged that it made an emergency landing on China’s Hainan Island.

    The Chinese pilot died and the U.S. crew of 24 was detained by the Chinese military for 11 days. China refused to allow U.S. officials to fix the Navy plane and fly it off the island; eventually it was shipped home in pieces.

    • FREEDOM_IS_DEAD

      Now you can guess what the Chinese think of Oboobi.

  • http://americanpumainitaly.blogspot.com/ sarainitaly

    Bush and Cheney all rolled up in a new shiny package…

    What’s the return policy on this?

    Great post!

  • JULIE

    NOBAMA NEVER!!!!

  • http://www.rabblerouserruminations.blogspot.com/ Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

    OUTSTANDING POST, Ani! Well done! And I am right there with ya – I have been saying it, too. Obama is Bush 3 – it was obvious to us even BEFORE he got into the WH!!

    Great piece, sister! You rock!

    • Ani

      Thanks, buddy. It’s been a while since I’ve written — partly because everything I read out there in re politics so sickens me, I don’t really know where to begin.

      I am on the hunt for some good news. I know it must be out there…whenever I come across someone with integrity in a position of influence willing to speak out honestly — that is always cause for celebration. There are a few — I sincerely hope and pray there will be more.

      • http://www.rabblerouserruminations.blogspot.com/ Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

        Yes, and I’ve missed your writings!

        Good news – yes, that would be nice. Well, there is Russ Feingold standing up to Obama. And we actually get to see Clinton more these days, though she has a slight gaffe, aided and abetted by Biden. and it’s ALL over the news. Obama treats the Browns like crap, and hardly a murmur.

        Anywho – I look forward to hearing the good news you unearth, Ani!

  • bayareavoter

    Ani–thanks for all this info. It’s amazing that some are starting to have second thoughts about this guy NOW– a little late.

    He really reminded me of Bush when he pushed thru the Stimulus Bill by saying we didn’t want a crisis to turn into a catastrophe (echos of post 9/11 Bush-speak) and in just the same way Congress was bullied into passing a 1,000 page bill they didn’t have time to read.

    Can’t he just pack up the teleprompter and stop campaigning? Everyday he flies somewhere for a photo op! Just go back to the White House and do some work! But, as you said, this guy has never really worked in his whole life–oh, I forgot, he was a community organizer; ooooooh.

    Remember just 2 weeks after the inauguration he and MEchelle had to “get out of the WH and go read a book to some school kids in the ‘hood”. Didn’t Axelrod tell him he was campaigning to get INTO the White House?

    I’m with you, we need the Dems and BO to pull their respective acts together and start to focus on fixing this economic mess!

    • FREEDOM_IS_DEAD

      Interesting….somehow suddenly Oboobi doesn’t seem to give a crap about global warming and pollution eh–flying a huge jet all day long? In the end Bush was even a better conservationist than Oboobi by staying in the WH every weekend.

      Just like Gore (and his million sqf house), Oboobi is full of shyte and empty on delivery (so typical of such poverty and disaster pimps).

      Hope you all enjoying what comes next…

  • http://www.hillaryorbust.com Hillary or Bust

    God, I never thought I’d say this…but don’t insult Bush by saying Obama is like him. Obama is worse! At least Bush wasn’t pandering to naive liberals and co-opting everything progressive in his quest for world domination.

    • Obamastolemyboyfriend

      Isn’t it amazing? I have a new respect for Bush now thanks to Obama. At least Bush kept us safe! Obama has me holding my breath on that front!

  • fif

    Don’t forget the obsessive work-outs, and sports fixation. For W it was baseball, for O, it’s basketball.

    • NoBamaNoWay

      the similarities are uncanny, aren’t they?

  • Ferd Berfle

    The President met with Republicans a few weeks ago to arrogantly proclaim, “Well, I won.”

    That One is treating this as if it were a high-school basketball game. “I won”, indeed. Well, because YOU “won” Mr. Oboobma, the rest of us, including your clueless bots, lost.

  • http://BREAKINGNEWS.COM Oisafraud

    At less Bush has guts. The guy sticks to his guns even if shown that he is wrong. Obama is totally a wimp. Obama changes positions every time someone comes up a with a different idea.

    • Ani

      What I witnessed from Obama and Axelrod throughout the campaign, and it continues now that he is in office, is that his idea of policy is to run it up a flagpole and see if he gets away with it — if no one complains, fine. But if a stink is raised, they pretend they really weren’t trying to do it in the first place. Or they do a WORM…

      • http://americanpumainitaly.blogspot.com/ sarainitaly

        exactly. just like with all the earmarks.

      • elise

        The media never called him on his contradictory statements, Ani. It was so frustrating to watch and listen while he changed positions time after time and when asked a question to declare “This is just a distraction, Washington politics, silliness etc” and have the press shrug it away with no follow ups or challenge. It’s scary to think he is already tired and unable to buckle down to the job just when he needs to be absorbing as much as he can so he will be able to make informed decisions.

    • FREEDOM_IS_DEAD

      You said it!

  • jbjd
    • Obamastolemyboyfriend

      Yep. Same thing, just different words.

      Uh, words…just words…?

      We could have had one of 2 workhorses, instead we elected a horse’s ass! Good job bots! Where will you spend much of your life? afghanastan, North Korea or Iran? Maybe all of them? Or maybe Iraq down the road because anything Barrakula touches turns into a disaster.

      • Ani

        No one is saying either Hillary or McCain would be perfect — this is a difficult situation for anyone, but I would have been far more comforted with an informed, roll your sleeves up attitude than what we have now.

    • jwrjr

      Obama is Bush without the redeeming qualities (minimal as those were).

  • Doc99

    W had thicker skin.

    • Ferd Berfle

      Yep, the only difference is in the skin, as it were.

      • TeakwoodKite

        Still, a snake is a snake though.

    • kgirl1028

      You know I have to say this is true. Bush was abused alot. Don’t get me wrong, much like a couple of beatings i got from my parents, they were richly deserved, but maybe not as hard or as long as they dished out at the time. But bush was able to suck it up. Obama barely get’s touch and starts mewling.