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Not Even Trying Anymore: White House Blames Bush for Weak Economic Data in 2014
Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2014 | Michael Schauss

Posted on 01/27/2014 7:11:04 AM PST by Kaslin

When asked about the poor economic conditions in America ahead of the President’s 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 don’t let that stop the White House from trying to cast blame for today’s economic failures on an economic crises that came to life in the closing days of their predecessor’s administration.

On Fox News Sunday, Pfeiffer explained to Anchor Chris Wallace that the reason for America’s weak economic “recovery” was because of the damage done under Bush:

Pfeiffer Blames Financial Crisis, Again, for Poor Obama Economy

“It’s 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 Obama’s 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 wasn’t 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 President’s intent to circumvent Congress when possible… Because, it’s 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 Obama’s 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 Obama’s 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 aren’t stampeding to the left quite as fast as he would like. Welcome to representative government, Mr. President. (Is that also Bush’s fault?)

Pfeiffer’s 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 Obama’s desk… Apparently it stops in John Boehner’s office, or on some ranch near Crawford, Texas.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 0bamaadmin; danpfeiffer; foxnewssunday; georgewbush; michaelschauss; sou
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1 posted on 01/27/2014 7:11:04 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
RE :” “It’s 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 Obama’s 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? “

Great question by Chris Wallace.

Obama and Dems are trashing their own economy while Obama admin praises it.

2 posted on 01/27/2014 7:14:56 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Kaslin
5 years in office, for the last 4 years he inherited a mess - from himself.

If he had done anything right, shouldn't things have started to improve by now?

3 posted on 01/27/2014 7:15:07 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Kaslin

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.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 7:15:22 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: BitWielder1

He’s a whining,pathetic loser who takes responsibility for NOTHING.

Period.

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5 posted on 01/27/2014 7:18:27 AM PST by Mears
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To: Kaslin

As long as polling continues to show most people buying it, why would they stop?


6 posted on 01/27/2014 7:18:46 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

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.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 7:19:24 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Kaslin

I blame the Panic of 1857.


8 posted on 01/27/2014 7:20:35 AM PST by Argus
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To: Kaslin

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”


9 posted on 01/27/2014 7:22:57 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Kaslin

Careful there Wallace, you racist. Legitimate questions are out of bounds.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 7:24:24 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: Kaslin

If that’s true, B-HO, then what the hell did/does anybody need YOU for?? Think about that,
B-HO!


11 posted on 01/27/2014 7:26:40 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Kaslin

bookmark


12 posted on 01/27/2014 7:27:23 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Kaslin

Lemme guess. Jeb Bush. lol What a bunch of idiots.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 7:28:31 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin

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?


14 posted on 01/27/2014 7:29:12 AM PST by Paisan
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To: BitWielder1

The media is not reporting there is a bad economy, so there isn’t one.


15 posted on 01/27/2014 7:29:52 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Hillary Clinton, you were no Dennis Rodman.)
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To: Mears
With the help of the press.
I bet if we ever get a conservative president again, the economy will start improving very quickly, while the press will scream louder than ever before how bad things are getting.
Essentially, the new prez will be blamed for everything 0bama messed up. No honeymoon for him.

16 posted on 01/27/2014 7:30:03 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Kaslin

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.


17 posted on 01/27/2014 7:31:31 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: RIghtwardHo
If that arrogant pos occupant of the Spite House inherited the bad, economy, recession and high unemployment, then he inherited it from himself when he was a senator.

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.

18 posted on 01/27/2014 7:40:04 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

When will some bold “journalist” ask The Won: “Exactly when will you take responsibility for your own Presidency?”


19 posted on 01/27/2014 7:41:37 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: Jeff Chandler

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.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 7:44:12 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
haven't you run out of stupid comments about Bush..You did everything yourself you have been there for lets see four or five years now..but it s still Bushes fault..here is a few of your low class friends that need to be in prison with you dumbo..
21 posted on 01/27/2014 7:46:39 AM PST by PLD
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To: Kaslin
Seven hundred and twenty-three years into our future, oddly-shaped but recognizably-human shapes move across a windswept, radioactive landscapes. Here and there, poking through the rubble, a small sign of the civilization that once existed here pushes up through the rubble: an "Alexander's Hot Dogs" sign, a church steeple, or an expressway exit sign.

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."

22 posted on 01/27/2014 7:47:27 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Mears

But takes credit for everything-”you didn’t build that”.


23 posted on 01/27/2014 7:48:40 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

Time to call it what it is: From Mid-2011 until now we have been in the OBAMA RECESSION.


24 posted on 01/27/2014 7:49:24 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Paisan

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.


25 posted on 01/27/2014 7:51:18 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Slyfox

DING DING DING!!!


26 posted on 01/27/2014 7:52:02 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Graewoulf

There is no denying it


27 posted on 01/27/2014 7:54:21 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

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.


28 posted on 01/27/2014 7:54:49 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

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.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 7:55:29 AM PST by Ironfocus
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To: silverleaf; Kaslin

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.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 7:56:32 AM PST by Jumper
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To: Kaslin

Yup, just look at the charts of stocks in any basic industry, and mid 2011 was the end of the Obama Recovery - - - .


31 posted on 01/27/2014 7:58:36 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: mrsmel

And Bill Ayers will keep ghost writing books for him, and CommieWood will buy them for their Tiffany coffee tables.


32 posted on 01/27/2014 8:00:42 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: shove_it
Bill O'Reilly is going to interview him before the Super bowl. It would be interesting to find out if he would ask him that. I doubt it though. He asked the viewers when he announced that he was going to do the interview to send questions to him they want him to ask. Maybe some suggested that particular question, but I doubt that he will.

You know he believes that arrogant pos deserves respect.

33 posted on 01/27/2014 8:03:17 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: A'elian' nation

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.


34 posted on 01/27/2014 8:10:55 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Rennes Templar

“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.

IMHO


35 posted on 01/27/2014 8:16:12 AM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

“We’re going to blame Bush forever.” - Madeleine Albright


36 posted on 01/27/2014 8:17:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

The next time they blame President Bush, an astute reporter would ask if they are referring to George W. or George H.


37 posted on 01/27/2014 8:23:43 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan
an astute reporter would ask if they are referring to George W. or George H.

To which they'll answer, "Yes."

38 posted on 01/27/2014 8:24:17 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ripley

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.


39 posted on 01/27/2014 8:30:07 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Hillary Clinton, you were no Dennis Rodman.)
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To: Kaslin

He’ll be blaming Bush forever. Didn’t this clown ever do anything himsself!


40 posted on 01/27/2014 8:51:54 AM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: sickoflibs
Obama's fault!
41 posted on 01/27/2014 9:05:55 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mears
how this country elected someone who hid all his records is beyond me. how they re-elected him in 2012 borders on criminal. given the levels of reported voter-fraud, it likely was just that.

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.

42 posted on 01/27/2014 9:21:42 AM PST by alcatrash (the proof is in the rancid custard...)
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To: Kaslin

Economy will only get weaker with implementation of Obamacare.


43 posted on 01/27/2014 9:25:04 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: Kaslin

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.


44 posted on 01/27/2014 9:35:47 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Argus

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.


45 posted on 01/27/2014 9:47:50 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: The Working Man

BTTT


46 posted on 01/27/2014 9:52:30 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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I don’t recall Bush complaining about what he inherited.


47 posted on 01/27/2014 9:53:51 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: PLD

Who is the guy next to gore?


48 posted on 01/27/2014 9:54:18 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Firemen inherit a fire, too, but they don’t go and make it worse.


49 posted on 01/27/2014 9:58:01 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama's hero FDR blamed Hoover at every turn during the decade of the depression.

Obama's trying to copy that strategy with Bush but it's not working for him.

50 posted on 01/27/2014 9:58:22 AM PST by what's up
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