In a straw man festival of epic proportions, that was both whiney and wimpy, President Barack Obama indulged himself in a "blame Bush binge" last night that was truly extraordinary. Here are some highlights:
"What I reject is when some folks sit on the sidelines and root for failure," he said at a fundraiser in San Francisco where he was joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
"I'm busy," he told the crowd. "Nancy's busy with her mop cleaning up somebody else's mess. We don't want somebody sitting back saying you're not holding the mop the right way.
"Why don't you grab a mop? Why don't you help clean up?
Setting aside for a moment that this President probably couldn't distinguish the handle from the business end of a mop, it's noteworthy that the blame Bush meme is still front and center in this administration's response to their own policy failures. It's also noteworthy that Obama and Pelosi voted for every spending program that funded, financed and created the mess for which President Obama is summoning the bipartisan Mop brigade.
The Obama administration is ignoring, at great cost to the multitude of unemployed, policies that will create jobs. However, the Obamacare initiative, which in its present form will be a net job killer, has consumed the attention of Washington and the pundit class for five months while unemployment, deficits (that are of an order of magnitude higher than any of Obama's predecessors) and a failing dollar have decimated the U S economy. To borrow the president's words, the "folks on the sidelines" are drowning while the Obama administration is arguing about political correctness in the military and the evil of Fox News.
What really worries the empty suits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the electorate, which now views the Incubator Candidate at an historic low of 49% approval and sees Barrack Obama for what he really is: an inexperienced, equivocating and naïve executive. (The Russians clearly see this). In an honest moment, liberals would admit that Pelosi and Reid saw the same and exploited it for what they could get (and are getting). As Charles Krauthammer noted, we are living in a remake of the film Being There, and Barack Obama has clinched the role of Chauncey Gardiner.
Allahpundit notes that some Democrats get it, but that message is not penetrating the hardened narcissisim that protects the White House bunker Rahm Emanuel has constructed. Maybe they are choking on the "rooting for failure" line their President delivered.