Skip to comments.Not Even Trying Anymore: White House Blames Bush for Weak Economic Data in 2014
Posted on 01/27/2014 7:11:04 AM PST by Kaslin
When asked about the poor economic conditions in America ahead of the Presidents State of the Union speech, Senior White House Advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, petulantly passed the buck to George W. Bush. The comedic excuse is as pathetic as it is baseless. But dont let that stop the White House from trying to cast blame for todays economic failures on an economic crises that came to life in the closing days of their predecessors administration.
On Fox News Sunday, Pfeiffer explained to Anchor Chris Wallace that the reason for Americas weak economic recovery was because of the damage done under Bush:
Pfeiffer Blames Financial Crisis, Again, for Poor Obama Economy
Its important to remember that this President inherited the worst economic situation since the Great Depression.
Pfeiffer then went on to champion the great progress that has been made under Obamas stewardship. He explained that eight million jobs were created in the last 4-6 months (failing to mention that many of those are part time positions thanks to Obamacare), and that the unemployment rate has been dropping (to roughly what it was right before Team Obama inherited the worst economic situation since the Great Depression).
Wallace responded brilliantly by asking why, if everything is so good, is everything so bad? The truth is, there is no mainstream recovery. I mean, heck The real problem seems to be that Obama inherited an economic mess when he was sworn in for his second term.Labor force participation is at its lowest levels in three and a half decades. Poverty has increased from 6.7 million people, to over 46 million people. We have a record number of people on food stamps, disability insurance, and various government assistance programs. Household income, and household wealth, have both declined throughout the so-called recovery. These are not indications of a vibrant and prosperous economy.
Of course GW wasnt the only guy Pfeiffer blamed for the poor performance of Obamanomics. Republicans in Congress also received a few passed bucks from the White House. Pfeiffer went on to explain the Presidents intent to circumvent Congress when possible Because, its pretty obvious that obtaining consent from the representatives of the governed is holding back American progress. (Can someone work on inventing a sarcasm font? I really need one.)
Which brings up another quick example of Obamas aversion to leadership: Does anyone else find it strange that the Obama Administration seems less willing to compromise with Republicans than rogue states such as Iran? Maybe Obama should send John Kerry in to negotiate a deal with the GOP Republicans would probably end up coming out ahead.
One would think that this far into Obamas second term, the excuses would at least get more creative. Since Bush left office, the President enjoyed two years of a Democrat congress and large policy concessions from the other side of the isle. Remember that trillion dollar recovery package? Remember Obamacare? Remember unemployment flirting with tragically high levels? Even in recent years the President has gotten significant white-flags from the Republican establishment. Taxes have gone up. Sequestration was blunted. Spending has increased.
In fact, the only real legitimate complaint the President could levy at congress would be that they arent stampeding to the left quite as fast as he would like. Welcome to representative government, Mr. President. (Is that also Bushs fault?)
Pfeiffers comments illustrate an amazing collapse of competent politicking with Team Obama. The State of the Union will prove to be a divisive and partisan speech that casts blame, bullies the opposition, and substitutes leadership with petulance. The buck, as we learned from Dan Pfeiffer over the weekend, does not stop at President Obamas desk
Apparently it stops in John Boehners office, or on some ranch near Crawford, Texas.
Great question by Chris Wallace.
Obama and Dems are trashing their own economy while Obama admin praises it.
Obama may be really complaining that he was not able to smash up more of the economy because of Bush, which was actually the lasting hold of the Reagan years.
He’s a whining,pathetic loser who takes responsibility for NOTHING.
As long as polling continues to show most people buying it, why would they stop?
I can’t wait to see the Republicans falling all over themselves to jump to their feet and applaud wildly at Obama’s every utterance.
I blame the Panic of 1857.
LOL! The lib left continues to lay all the TARP debt on Bush deficit that Barry “inherited”, even though they were strong arming Bush to sign for all $800 Billion before obama took office
and Pelosi et al strong arming BUSH to approve using TARP to bail out GM-
Now TARP has been repaid - with interest - but the dems still claim Bush ran up a $1.3 trillion deficit, $800 Billion in his last 60 days of office
what lil Barry “inherited” was an $800 Billion slush fund PLUS another giant porkulous ($750 Billion?) pushed through by the petulant “I Won”
Careful there Wallace, you racist. Legitimate questions are out of bounds.
If that’s true, B-HO, then what the hell did/does anybody need YOU for?? Think about that,
Lemme guess. Jeb Bush. lol What a bunch of idiots.
The only real solution is for the government to start giving away massive amounts of “stimulus’ money to the poor, the uneducated, failing businesses, terroristic foreign governments...
This always worked in the past, right?
The media is not reporting there is a bad economy, so there isn’t one.
Now I know why Pfeiffer will join Valerie to be the last of the White House Staff still around to turn out the lights when Obama’s term is up. He’s too stupid to find another job. I can’t believe they are still using that blame Bush line. But then again, maybe that’s all they can think of.
Remember the economy was thriving and unemployment was practically nonexistent (4.4% in 2006).
Things changed for the worst when the rats took over both Houses in January of 2007 and these are facts.
When will some bold “journalist” ask The Won: “Exactly when will you take responsibility for your own Presidency?”
I hadn’t planned on watching but maybe I should with the mute button on or the sound off, (I can’t stand the sound of his voice) just to see if you are right.
The scavenging figures, dirty and in ragged clothing, shuffle through the rubble, hopefully looking for an odd bit of useful loot.
In all of their stunted, low-intelligence minds, the same refrain echos: "THIS IS ALL GEORGE W. BUSH'S FAULT."
But takes credit for everything-”you didn’t build that”.
Time to call it what it is: From Mid-2011 until now we have been in the OBAMA RECESSION.
Too bad the American people in general don’t have it in is to enact a general strike. Let Hussein & Co pay off their deadbeat supporters with their own money.
DING DING DING!!!
There is no denying it
Hussein will be just fine. Penny Pritzker and FOB bought him a mansion in Hawaii. Of course, once he’s out of office and of no further political use, he’ll have to find a way to pay the light bill, the wagyu beef, etc. But I’m sure he’s socked away plenty in a Swiss bank account for that contingency, and plenty of fools will pay to hear him stutter and stammer between lies.
Wasn’t Obama the one who said that if he couldn’t fix it in 4 years, he doesn’t deserve a second term?
Obama inherited a mess from the Dem congress, rubberstamped by W, who for all his good attributes was not a fiscal conservative, and Obama has made it worse, with the help of the “opposition in name only” RINO house. In the past, angry voters would vote the responsible parties out of power, but this time around the Dems are using our tax money to buy their support, and to shut up anyone that will rile up the masses.
Only real, no-compromise conservative leadership will fix what is ailing us, but that looks virtually impossible right now.
Actually, Bush brought the Obama family to the White House in December immediately after the election. The TARP Trap was the political point, e.g., Barry wanted the TARP approved now; the Republicans wanted to stop other Agenda areas dead with TARP such as Climate treaties/laws and other areas the president could have enacted. Obama was classless and childish, bad mouthing Bush almost before Mid-night. Bush actually gave the Democrats what they wanted in TARP but the consequences are that even printing money could not leave enough for other Transformative policies which required money; thuse the Democrats Blame Bush.
Yup, just look at the charts of stocks in any basic industry, and mid 2011 was the end of the Obama Recovery - - - .
And Bill Ayers will keep ghost writing books for him, and CommieWood will buy them for their Tiffany coffee tables.
You know he believes that arrogant pos deserves respect.
Mercy, you just gave me a terrible thought. Hollyweird will probably make a movie hagiography of his life, and for the historically illiterate general public, if it’s in a movie, it’s more true than real life.
“The media is not reporting there is a bad economy, so there isn’t one.”
Herr Goebbles would be extremely proud of his allies in the media.
“We’re going to blame Bush forever.” - Madeleine Albright
The next time they blame President Bush, an astute reporter would ask if they are referring to George W. or George H.
To which they'll answer, "Yes."
Goebbels could take lessons from these guys.
I haven’t been out east for a while, but a friend was recently. She said a lot of former upper middle classers are out of work and are mad as hell. They’re writing their congressmen, but they do nothing, except plan for immigration reform. She said people are steaming, and frustrated as hell nothing gets to the MSM.
He’ll be blaming Bush forever. Didn’t this clown ever do anything himsself!
this nation no longer has verifiable election results now that "electronic" voting machines have replaced countable, provable paper ballots.
this is what happens when political party alliances trump conservative convictions. sad to say, it's "game over," and we lost. everything.
Economy will only get weaker with implementation of Obamacare.
One day... Yes One day, it will be shown that the ‘economic collapse’ that ended GW’s presidency and killed McCain’s presidential campaign was completely organized by the left. The only problem of course for them was that they weren’t as good at organizing a way out of their own mess as they thought they would be.
It’ll be shown to be a lack of leadership on... O’s part.
I’ve seen posts at DU blaming Reagan for things being so screwed up. Seriously. They understand economics as well as the squirrels in my back yard.
I don’t recall Bush complaining about what he inherited.
Who is the guy next to gore?
Firemen inherit a fire, too, but they don’t go and make it worse.
Obama's trying to copy that strategy with Bush but it's not working for him.