When the Past Won’t Go Away - Page 2
It must be difficult for President Obama to see himself as at least a partial victim. His presidency, his calls for glory and hope, have taken on a quaint nostalgia. Let’s be clear though that Mr. Obama’s election was no accident. However, Mr. Obama’s administration has become the accidental presidency because it was without his knowledge or ours’s that essentially his entire first term would be spent on recovering from his predecessor’s tenure.
The first and most pragmatic thing anyone can do to earn the respect and trust of the American people is to recognize that Mr. Bush drove us off the bridge headfirst into the river. Further, critics of the recovery process under President Obama can not be given credibility without their equal critical analysis holding President Bush and his supporters responsible for creating the economic meltdown in the first place.
Unfortunately, the presidential debates are heating up with these myopic attacks on President Obama’s handling of the economy. It’s like like a mangled motorcyclist who wasn’t wearing a helmet and lying in intensive care, criticizing the surgical procedure for keeping him from getting back on his bike.
We need all of the best ideas we can find, whether from a Republican or Democrat. And we can not allow the debate to become so narrow-minded. We have to insist on the big picture. That calls for those who got us into this mess to come forward and admit to their responsibility. This also applies to President Obama for his part. Whether they are capable of this self-admission or not capable of it will speak volumes by itself.