First, for almost eight years, we listened to Republican politicians and pundits lay blame on former President Clinton for everything that happened during the Bush administration—from the 9/11 attack that occurred towards the beginning, to the economic recession at the end of those lost years.
Then we heard Rush Limbaugh and his ilk incessantly blame the election of Barack Obama for the worsening recession, even while Bush was still “running” the country, November through January.
Finally, of course, Barack Obama is to be blamed for the deepening recession and the fact that it is taking the country more than 50 days to fix eight years’ of damage.
But the following takes the (spin) cake: Today, appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, former White House spokesperson Dana Perino said that Mr. Bush deserves credit for the modest upturns we saw on Wall Street during four consecutive days last week.
According to the Huffington Post:
‘You were just speaking earlier about the possibility that since we had a little bit of a better week on Wall Street does that spell a turnaround?’ Perino said. ‘Can all the credit go specifically to President Obama? Well, I would say no. We are just going to have to take a while to let all of this settle down and let the policies that our administration and the new administration are trying to put in place have a chance to work.’
Ms. Perino, would you please tell Mr. Limbaugh then that, at least in part, he is hoping for the failure of the policies that Bush “put in place” to save our economy?
And we won’t even discuss Cheney’s “Stuff Happens” gravitas this morning. Our Editor-in-Chief did a pretty good job in his post this morning.
But I did check the tag “Urban Legends-Hoaxes and Rumors” as a courtesy to Mr. Cheney’s remarks.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.