Assigned Reading: Bush Takes Swipes at Obama Policies
(FROM: The Washington Post)
In the interest of full disclosure and honesty, my first reaction to news about George W. Bush’s criticism of his successor was disappointment. Is the criticism warranted? Absolutely. Does he have the right to speak out? Absolutely. But there has always been an unwritten rule that former occupants of the White House and Oval Office simply do not criticize a sitting president — Jimmy Carter made a fool of himself going overseas and criticizing George W. Bush, and part of me hoped that Bush would keep himself above the fray.
Something here is different, however. I’ve never, ever heard or read about a sitting president constantly criticizing and blaming his predecessor to the level that Barack Obama has been criticizing and blaming George W. Bush. After all, in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Bush was not seen throwing up his arms at press conferences and blaming Bill Clinton, despite the blame Clinton deserved for handcuffing our military and intelligence communities. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, George W. Bush got down to business, and in the years since has kept this country safe.
Barack Obama has not. His policies simply do not work. Keynesian economics simply does not work. But instead of shutting his trap and rolling up his sleeves, Obama has been pressing his suit jacket and blaming his predecessor for the deficit he “inherited,” never mentioning of course that his own administration had quadrupled it.
Thankfully, my disappointment in former President Bush was short-lived. Now, I’ll continue to be disappointed in his abandonment of his free-market principles during the last two years of his second term, but when it comes to well-founded, constructive criticism of Barack Obama’s policies, I’m with him 100 percent.
It also helps that he’s right.