Ah, the “blame Bush” fallback is alive and well over one year after the president has been out of the media eye. As defensive as ever, President Obama can’t help sneeking in excuses and jabs at the “far-right” and the situation he “inherited” every second he gets a chance:
Even after paying for what we spent on my watch, we still have to continue paying for the deficit we had when I took office.
You have to remember… all this was before I walked in the door… I’m just stating the facts.
And by “facts” he means “excuses”, right?
But in the interest of not offending the right-wing extremists too egregiously, Obama decided to throw us a bone… kind of:
I’ve embraced the vision of Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
Well… maybe not much of a “bone”, but at least the crowd over here got a good laugh.
Could it be that the Untouchable One himself might not be flawless afterall?
I never suggested that change would be easy. Or that I could do it alone.
It’s a far cry from his “the people have chosen” confidence (read: arrogance) that was so glaring this time last year.
And the best of all, in case any Islamic extremists missed Barack Obama’s annoucement to the world, he is officially ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ.
We will have all our combat troops out of Iraq by this August.
Get that? Terrorists, you can all rest easy knowing that America’s president has committed to help you out. Just hang on tight for a few more months.
Without missing a beat though, Obama then contradicts himself:
America must always stand on the side of freedom and human dignity.
Always, except when it means we may have to go to war against our enemies.