Krauthammer: Obama attacks on Bush “disgusting”

posted at 9:30 am on October 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When does a President stop blaming his predecessor and start taking responsibility for his own actions? To be fair, that has been an eternal question in the American context, but it does seem as though Barack Obama has a crutch that he refuses to put aside. Economy? Blame Bush! Media? Blame Bush! Afghanistan? Especially there, Charles Krauthammer argues, Obama has been “disgusting” in his blameshifting, especially since it has been six months since Obama rolled out his own strategy on the war (via Radio Vice Online):

I want to point out one thing about what Obama had said when he talked about “the long years of drift.” There is something truly disgusting about the way he cannot refrain from attacking Bush when he’s being defensive about himself. I mean, it’s beyond disgraceful here. He won election a year ago. He became the Commander [in] Chief two months later. He announced his own strategy — not the Bush strategy, his strategy — six months ago, and it wasn’t off-handed, it was in a major address, with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense standing with him. And now he’s still talking about “the drift” in the Bush years. What’s happening today is not a result of the drift, so-called, of the Bush years, it’s because of the drift in his years. It’s because of the flaws in his own strategy, which is what he’s actively examining.

Disgusting? At best, one can say that it shows a lack of intestinal fortitude when it comes to taking criticism. No President gets a tabula rasa on entering office, and every president since Washington has had to deal with issues that began during a previous term in office. It comes with the territory, which is why 42 other Presidents dispensed with the whining and took responsibility for their own actions.

Obama may have gotten himself elected by promising to be the not-Bush, and he certainly won his Nobel Peace Prize for being the not-Bush. However, if he wants to be President, he’ll need to start acting like it and quit sniveling about the fact that he won the election after Bush — which he himself chose to do.


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If Barry’s not complaining about the “mess he inherited” from Bush, campaigning for 2012, or golfing, he’s out complaining about the “mess he inherited from Bush, campaigning for 2012, or golfing.

Dopenstrange on October 28, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Hey, I have an idea…!

Let’s elect Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States…

… What could go wrong?

Seven Percent Solution on October 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM

CK interview w/ Spiegel was excellent.

ted c on October 28, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Obama’s a perpetual victim and, realistically, a beneficiary of Affirmative Action. For him and other libs it’s always someone else’s fault, never the result of the poor downtrodden minority who wins a place of authority despite huge backing by white limousine liberals.

Face it: We can elect black presidents every time for the next hundred years but liberals will still claim all failures are the result of slavery, a vast right wing conspiracy, or GW Bush.

Liam on October 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Hey, its’ not too late you can still go here:
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and Vote for Pinnochio for the Heisman Trophy. You have to write him in, and you can win free stuff for not doing much of anything just like Barrack (Pinnochio)!

If Pinnochio doesn’t win just remember “It’s Bushes Fault”

dhunter on October 28, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Thanks, dh!

I just voted for:

Chairman MaoBama, POS, White House

Sweet_Thang on October 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Morrissey: it shows a lack of intestinal fortitude when it comes to taking criticism

Ya think? I bet this fortitude has something to do with Barry’s administration-wide tactic of trying to silence and marginalize the lone dissenting voice in broadcast journalism, while NYT, WaPo, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN (the lion’s share of the spectrum) are all covering for him.

Mark30339 on October 28, 2009 at 4:51 PM

He can keep blaming Bush all he wants to… Obama broke it (TARP, Cash for Clunkers, OBAMACare); he owns it ALL now…

Khun Joe on October 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

it has been six months since Obama rolled out his own strategy on the war–Ed

Obama certainly wanted everyone to think in March that it was his own strategy, to commend his brilliance and bravery, for Americans to feel relief that he wasn’t going to be a complete idiot and cur, readying to knife his troops in the back.

He got what HE wanted out of the March announcement; time and admiration for being a man and leader instead of a wimpy jack@ss. He agreed with the suggested report prepared for the new president by the preceding president, claiming it his own, until McChrystal presented the Afghan report Obama ordered prepared. THEN, it was Bush’s plan Obama lied about moving forward last March. Obama agreed with it only as long as his juvenile attention span and Marxist heart permitted, which wasn’t long so far as campaigns go.

It always boils down to the Obamarx of global governance, doing the favors of our enemies while backstabbing our own and our allies in order to coerce liberty from existence.

Obama is on the side of dictators, and that includes supporting those who assassinated the nephew of Honduras’ legitimate President Micheletti.

maverick muse on October 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

My most sincere hope is that Obama and these lunatic Democrats in Congress drown in their own ignorance.

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Does anyone remember, ever, GWB using the word inherited??

highninside on October 28, 2009 at 5:29 PM

It comes with the territory, which is why 42 other Presidents dispensed with the whining and took responsibility for their own actions.

I thought there were 57 previous Presidents. Hmm.

unclesmrgol on October 28, 2009 at 5:35 PM

maverick muse on October 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Very good! You should have your own blog, or column, maybe syndicated!

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

When does a President stop blaming his predecessor and start taking responsibility for his own actions?

In Obambi’s case; When he gets his panties out of a knot!

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM

I thought there were 57 previous Presidents. Hmm.

unclesmrgol on October 28, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Step away from the beer!
It was 57 states!

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Sorry, folks; I didn’t mean to shut the discussion down. I’ll just observe; Talk amongst yourselves.

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Hi,cybergeezer! Usually I’m the one who kills headline threads. ;-) It’s nice to see you here!

Bildo Clinton

Knott Buyinit on October 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I am soooooo stealing that…

Mary in LA on October 28, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Mary in LA on October 28, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I’m sure you’ve heard that “What goes on in California, is prefaced for the nation”;
With the internet and time lapses, do you think this is still true?

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 6:15 PM

My lawn mower tire went flat yesterday. It’s Bush’s fault!

WannabeAnglican on October 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

But you went out and mowed your lawn. That calls for a Nobel Peace Prize!

mizflame98 on October 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I hear a country song in Ab; Wait; I’ll get my harmonica!

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Krauthammer?
Does he play country too?

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 6:22 PM

“Organizing for America”, launched by B. Hussein Obama;
Expanding his horizons to America;
THEN, THE WORLD!!!!!!!

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Krauthammer: What’s happening today is not a result of the drift, so-called, of the Bush years, it’s because of the drift in his years.

Er, “his years”? When he’s been in office for 9 months? Nice try, Chuck.

Look, Bush screwed things up in a gargantuan way. The vast majority of the American people are aware of that. That’s why Bush was so unpopular when he left office.

When it comes to Afghanistan, Bush had 7 years to get it right and he utterly failed. Obama has a long way to go before he matches Bush’s record of incompetence. If Bush hadnt blown things so badly, maybe there wouldnt even be a current war in Afghanistan for Obama to get Krauthammer “disgusted” by.

orange on October 28, 2009 at 7:14 PM

posse.

OOPS! I spelled it wrong (wrong vowel and missed a ‘y’).

Yellowdog12 on October 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Surprisingly, I agree with Obama here. The president should be doing more. We shouldn’t just be “air raiding villages and bombing civilians.” Now is not the time to kick the can down the road. As Obama has stated, this war is too important to let slide the crucial decisions that need to be made RIGHT NOW.

Oh, wait. Who’s president again?

munchnstuf on October 28, 2009 at 7:36 PM

When it comes to Afghanistan, Bush had 7 years to get it right and he utterly failed.

orange on October 28, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Cheney would disagree. And he has the gravitas to back it up. Your messiah is looking like a completely spineless fool.

John the Libertarian on October 28, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Pitiful pontifical procrastination with a dash of disgusting pejorative criticism of his predecessor …
Would have been my choice of words… ‘ )

jerrytbg on October 28, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Obama sincerely believes he has a much larger hurdle to overcome than just Bush, but knows politically he can only go so far as to blame Bush.

What I mean is Obama truly blames the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, Capitalism and the free market, Imperialistic America, in short, EVERYTHING that came before him inside these borders. That’s the truth of it. He only blames Bush because to blame everything he would LIKE to, would be political suicide.

Danzo on October 28, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Seems like the President is a big whiner. Blaming Bush worked for awhile, but even Bush didn’t screw up things as bad as this guy has done. Unbelievable.

WyoMike on October 28, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Tell it like it is, brother! Tell it like it is!!!

DuctTapeMyBrain on October 28, 2009 at 8:47 PM

He ran for the Precedent of the United States the rest of the trappings of the office–not so much! Unless its endless rounds of golf, b-ball, dissing your country or PARRRRTYing!

chickasaw42 on October 28, 2009 at 8:47 PM

orange on October 28, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Trolls with nothing but talking points

Bet you are proud

CWforFreedom on October 28, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Orange…I forgot to mention you are living in the past. Obama is President. This childish attempt to blame everything on someone else is truly childish. As you defend it I suspect that says as much about your character as Obama’s.

CWforFreedom on October 28, 2009 at 8:49 PM

KrisinNE on October 28, 2009 at 2:09 PM

I’d argue that a narcissist, especially a malignant narcissist, can’t be effectively treated. Their narcissism is as much a part of their personality as their skin color is a part of their body.

It isn’t like alcoholism, or a mental disorder than can be managed by meds.

My mother has CLD and believe me – I’d rather she was a classic narcissist.

No, you don’t, believe me. Not to lessen your own situation, but I watched my narcissistic sister in law do her d@mndest to destroy my brother and her own children, without ever really understanding the effect of her actions on them. It didn’t matter to her, it’s all about her, always was. Constant lying and pretending, even to herself, to the point that no past memory holds it’s innocence. Like dealing with a self-obsessed lying 9 year old. Once ya know she “faked” those reactions, even your past is robbed from you.

Though I am interested in this “Character Logical Disorder” but can find little on it via internet searches. What other term is used for it?

Saltyron on October 28, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Try \”characterological disorder\” or \”personality disorder\” as search terms. Hope this helps!

Mary in LA on October 28, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Weak leader = dispirited soldiers and stronger enemies.

If this president can’t take responsibility after ten months in office then impeach him and get someone who can… Obama you’re a douchebag!

Michelle Dubois on October 28, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Afghanistan is worthless dirt. There are reasons why other countries borders END there.

1 Kill al qaeda and the taliban.
2 Leave.

Mojave Mark on October 28, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Krauthammer: Obama attacks on Bush “disgusting”

Attacks on Palin acceptable I guess.

Kini on October 29, 2009 at 2:56 AM

One thing The Precedent never “inherited” is a spine.

ya2daup on October 29, 2009 at 8:13 AM

When the going gets tough, the tough go golfing!

Cybergeezer on October 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Apparently, George Soros won’t cough up the bucks to buy Obama’s way out of Afghanistan. So, Obama is reduced to whining. And to think Hillary lost to this snivelling wimp…

olesparkie on October 29, 2009 at 10:10 AM

My most sincere hope is that Obama and these lunatic Democrats in Congress drown in their own ignorance.

Cybergeezer on October 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

While I agree 100% with you, it is we, mere peons, that will have to clean up the mess. Grab a mop, it’s a conservative mop, but it is what we’ll have to do.

This Septic Tank of a gooberment that we have will take decades to clean up after, I only hope the American people have the stomach to do it. If we can do it, future generations will thank us.

We all well know the “Greatest Generation”, I have many, past and present in my family. We may well be the next “Greatest Generation”, screw the world, let us save America. Our descendants will surely thank us if we keep it intact.

M-14 2go on October 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

M-14 2go on October 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

We’re in the same squad, buddy.

Cybergeezer on October 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM

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