I tell ya, this guy’s penchant for comparing himself to genuinely strong presidents who faced serious crises and who –unlike Obama– didn’t constantly whine about how tough they had it is really starting to annoy me. Two articles from Byron York; in the first, Obama tries to make people believe the buck stops everywhere but with him:
“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa. “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.” Obama listed three events overseas — the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, and the European debt crises — which set the economy back.
“All those things have been headwinds for our economy,” Obama said. “Now, those are things that we can’t completely control. The question is, how do we manage these challenging times and do the right things when it comes to those things that we can control?”
“The problem,” Obama continued, “is that we’ve got the kind of partisan brinksmanship that is willing to put party ahead of country, that is more interested in seeing their political opponents lose than seeing the country win. Nowhere was that more evident than in this recent debt ceiling debacle.”
I can almost hear the chorus line from CCR’s “Fortunate Son” — It ain’t me!
Sorry, sir. What’s really holding this economy down are your outdated, statist, Keynesian economic dogmas.
Oh, but just to remind you that he’s up there with the great presidents of our history, he tells us that the slings and arrows of outrageous critics he suffers are like those of a president who fought a civil war:
Obama told the woman that “democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this.” In addition, he said, “We kind of romanticize sometimes what democracy used to be like.”
“When you listen to what the Federalists said about the Anti-Federalists, and the names that Jefferson called Hamilton and back and forth — I mean those guys were tough,” Obama said. “Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.”
Pardon me while I hurl. Don’t even go there, chump. Yeah, you walked into a bad situation and your predecessor left you a mess — as if no other president has ever faced that situation. But the things you needed to do (and still need to do) to right the situation are straightforward and time-tested; you just don’t want to do them because they go against everything you believe and were taught, empirical evidence be damned.
Honestly, comparing yourself to Lincoln? Seriously? The man took over a nation literally tearing itself apart; he not only had to conquer the breakaway portion, but he had to keep the remainder of the Union intact while preventing foreign intervention.
And you think you’ve got it rough? What they said about him is “almost as bad” as what is said about you? Buster, you haven’t got it one-tenth as bad as Lincoln had it.