We are more than a year and a half into the Obama Administration and the Democratic National Committee is running ads against George W. Bush. Does the DNC know who the current president is?
President Obama ran one of the best campaigns I have ever witnessed; the core of his strategy was to run against President Bush and not against Senator John McCain. It was a very successful move for both Obama and the Democratic Party as a whole. President Obama took office during difficult times; the economy was in trouble while America was engaged in two wars. I think most people realized that a turn around would take time and were willing to give the new President a chance to deliver on his promises.
Some of the key campaign issues were the economy, unemployment, the housing crisis, Iraq, Afghanistan, energy self sufficiency, the deficit, unsecured borders, illegal immigration, outsourcing and off shore drilling.
The Democrats took control of both Houses of Congress in the 2006 mid-term elections: President Obama was inaugurated seventeen months ago. The Democrats have controlled both Houses of Congress and the Presidency for a sizeable amount of time.
After massive stimulus packages, unemployment remains very high, the economy is in the tank, the housing meltdown continues and the deficit has grown.
The current course of action in Iraq and Afghanistan are basically extensions of Bush Administration policies; and that annoying prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is still in operation.
There is no more talk about saving American jobs by reducing outsourcing and energy self sufficiency is in the same place it was in 2008.
It took three months to get a handle on the BP oil spill in the Gulf, enough said for off shore drilling.
Has anyone see any evidence of bipartisanship? You know that keyword both candidates were throwing around in the 2008 election.
If you remember the 2008 campaign there was plenty of talk of an open and accountable government. We have a health care bill which is significantly flawed, reeks of back room deals, executive orders and lacks long term funding.
Let me be clear, I don’t believe things would be significantly different if the Republicans won in 2008. Clearly, President Obama has a very demanding job and faces many challenges; I am confident that he is finding out things in Washington are easier said than done. In fact, in Washington much is said and little is done.
A substantial part of the problem is the inability of the Democrats and Republicans to work together for the common good of the Nation.
The fact that President Obama and the Democratic Party continue to blame former President Bush signals that they have no solutions and need a bogey man to blame. I am not making an assessment of either the Bush or Obama Administrations; if problems are going to be solved the current government needs to get focused and look forward.
Democrats and Republicans need to work together on solving the serious issues facing America and it will not be done with constant bickering.
Congressional approval ratings are extremely low and for good reason; Americans are fed up. Voters need to thoroughly study the positions and records of their candidates and vote wisely in November.
DNC deploys George W. Bush in new ad.
By CNN’s Jeff Simon