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Chicago Sun Times: Excuses wearing thin for Obama. Do you agree?

Article: Have you heard the news? President Obama inherited an economic mess from the Bush administration. You say that's hardly news? But it's been the message sounded over and over by the White House. Top Obama adviser David Axelrod said on one of the Sunday news shows, "He walked in the door, we had the worst economy since the Great Depression." In San Francisco, Obama talked of being "busy with our mop." White House heavy hitter Rahm Emanuel used the worst-economy-since-the-Depression line on a public TV news show.
You'd think it's October 2008, the final month in the Obama presidential candidacy, rather than October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. Yet the Obama White House is in full campaign mode
-- maybe because it needs to mask the shortcomings of the Obama presidency.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 7:06 PM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You'd think it's October 2008, the final month in the Obama presidential candidacy, rather than October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. Yet the Obama White House is in full campaign mode -- maybe because it needs to mask the shortcomings of the Obama presidency.


    Take, for example, all the talk of inheriting the worst economy since the 1930s crisis. That came in response to the news that the federal deficit hit $1.4 trillion.


    Yet just a few months ago, the Obama camp was singing a little different tune. It was under criticism for the $787 billion stimulus package it bulldozed through Congress on grounds that massive spending was needed to keep the unemployment rate from breaching 8 percent. When joblessness hit 9.5 percent in June, Vice President Joe Biden said, "We misread how bad the economy was."

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:07 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • They inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, or the economy turned out to be worse than they thought. Which is it? It can't be both -- unless your brain is completely addled by the Obama charisma. Obama is still popular, but polls show the public losing faith in his policies. Another indicator was a ''Saturday Night Live'' skit lampooning Obama for the major accomplishments of his administration -- "jack and squat." If the honeymoon is ending with the American voter, it isn't for obsequious elements of the mainstream media. CNN prostrated itself by fact-checking the ''SNL'' comedy skit.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:07 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • But that's harmless compared to the virulent campaign against Obama critics carried out by the denizens of MSNBC. Its Obama acolytes seek to demonize opponents of Obama's policies by focusing on most marginal corners of right-wing politics like, for example, the "birthers" who deny Obama is a natural born citizen. The larger scheme is to imply Obama critics are racists.


    That's the backdrop to the story of Rush Limbaugh getting booted from a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams. He was smeared on CNN and MSNBC with false accusations of making two racist comments. He is an abrasive critic of Obama, so he must be racist, or so goes the left-wing story line. I wouldn't defend everything Limbaugh has ever said, but lies were used to blacklist him from professional football for his political views.


    http://www.suntimes.com/news/huntley/1834209,CST-EDT-HUNT20.article

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:09 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Actually, yes. I do agree.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:11 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • yep
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:33 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • What's telling isn't that it's being said, but where it's being said. Aside from about 10 years when it changed ownership, the CST is THE liberal paper in Chicago, as opposed to the Trib which is THE conservative paper. They even made an official announcement a few years ago when they changed hands again that they were returning to their liberal reader roots. They are the newspaper equivalent of MSNBC.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:36 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Interesting NP, I didn't realize that. Very Interesting...
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:40 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • The economist keep asking when will the issues in our country belong to BO. The 2010 budget deficit adds another $1.4 trillion to the deficit we have. That is definately his. Will he claim it? I doubt it. He will probably blame it on Biden!
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:46 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • He's hoping the more he points the finger at the past administration people won't see the lousy job he's doing. TOO LATE!!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:25 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

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