Tuesday, January 05, 2010

"The System Worked"

Yesterday someone asked Bob Beckel if Obama being on vacation and golfing in Hawaii while al Qaeda was ramping up the terror threats was the same as Bush being on vacation in the days after Katrina.

I'm sure you all remember that Bush was excoriated for being on vacation when a natural disaster struck. You only need to Google "Bush vacation Katrina" and look through blogs like 'Think Progress' the 'DU', 'Kos' and 'Atrios' to see the vitriol and frothing rage from the left.

But, amazingly, Beckel sang a different tune...acting as if people had understood Bush's plight. ["Well," he answered quickly, "both President Bush and President Obama were already on vacation when these events place...it's not like they went on vacation in the midst of the crisis."]

Of course he ended by saying that it was ["amazing how the Republicans were politicizing this"] and ["could anyone remember any Democrats trying to politicize the Richard Reid incident?"]

Well, no Bob...but national security is the Left's Achilles's heel...not ours.

The Libertarian Party compiled a list of Top 10 disasters of Obama's first year (apparently the list was made before this latest debacle that even Obama-friendly Politico called this past two weeks "one of the low points of the new president’s first year." (source):

1. Cash for Clunkers
2. War escalation in Afghanistan
3. Giant government health care expansion bill
4. Post office loses money hand over fist
5. Stimulus package
6. Expansion of "state secrets" doctrine
7. Big increase in unemployment
8. "Bailout" Geithner as Treasury Secretary
9. Skyrocketing federal spending
10. Huge federal deficits

To be fair, they also have the Top 10 disasters of the Bush years

Being perfectly honest, I don't care that Obama was on the greens in Hawaii (though I do hope he was using personal funds and not taxpayer dollars to do it)...much like I didn't care that Bush was on vacay during Katrina. Are people that silly that they need the "appearance" that something is being done? Phones, cell phones, skype, faxes, email, texting...this is a technological age. The geographical location of the President doesn't much matter. As is the new theme...I'm complaining once again about the double standard...(and in this case the convenient selective memory of the left).

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