How can a person stay positive and optimistic after a week like this, and it’s only Wednesday? We started with the outlandish Supreme Court decisions that set women’s rights back 50 years, then there’s this AP article released this morning, indicating that Americans have the political savvy of a garden gnome.
The AP states: “President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, according to a plurality of voters in a new poll published Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University survey found 33% of American voters named Obama as the worst while 28% named his predecessor, George W. Bush.”
I’ve wrapped my head in an Ace bandage to try and keep it from exploding. Now I am not a big fan of Obama. The man got into office by hoodwinking liberals and progressives into thinking he was one of us, but clearly he is not. That said, to compare Obama’s performance to George Bush’s is like comparing apples and elephants. It’s like going up to a member of an arena cleaning crew right after a big game and blaming that person for the mess fans left behind.
Obama inherited the war on terror, an out-of-control NSA, the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, Iraq and Afghanistan, GITMO, drones, torture, a crippled economy, bin Laden, a broken healthcare system and an obstructionist Congress. My criticism, and that of many progressives, is that Obama hasn’t done nearly enough to undo these mistakes, but we have to acknowledge that he did not create this mayhem.
George Bush did.
Is the recent push by Cheney and his fellow neocons to rewrite the history of the Iraq war actually working? Perhaps it is. There is little if any disagreement among historians that George Bush was one of the worst presidents this country has ever had, but Obama? Are Americans really that dumb?