So You Voted for George W. Bush? Then You Should Just Stop Talking

For over 4 years I’ve listened to Republicans bash President Obama.  Hell, I’ve listened to liberals sometimes bash him as well.

Now I’ll be the first to admit Obama isn’t perfect, and he could have definitely done a few things differently, but when I see these conservatives who voted for George W. Bush call Obama the “worst President in history”—I just have to laugh.

I mean, really?

We recently came off 8 years where a President took us from a strong economy and a balanced budget, to the worst economic collapse in 80 years—and the people who voted for this clown (most voting for him twice) have the nerve to call President Obama the worst President in history?

People can dislike President Obama, they might disagree with him, heck they might even oppose nearly every policy he’s supported—but for someone who voted for George W. Bush (especially those who did it twice) to believe Obama is the worst President in history, it’s just comical.

These are the people who threw a fit over Obama’s stimulus bill in 2009, which he passed to create jobs in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression, yet voted for the man who passed three stimulus bills and was the driving force behind the TARP bailout (aka the “Wall Street Bailout”).

Hell, they generally complain about all of Obama’s spending, acting as if they’re die-hard conservatives, when Bush doubled our national debt during his 8 years in the White House.  And again, don’t forget Bush inherited a strong economy and a balanced budget—Obama inherited a country on the verge of complete economic collapse.

Then there was the whole ordeal over Solyndra, and the $535 million spent during the Obama administration on a green energy plan for a company that eventually went out of business.

Now, $535 million is a lot of money.  But let’s not ignore the facts—the plan for funding for Solyndra actually began under the Bush administration.  Yes, the official funding was approved under Obama, but the wheels were already turning to fund this company and their green energy initiatives.  So if Obama is guilty, Bush is just as guilty.  But of course, they only blame Obama.

So you’re telling me Republicans threw a fit over the government wasting $535 million?  I bet they were just furious over the $1 trillion we spent on the war in Iraq which produced exactly zero weapons of mass destruction.  Oh wait, that’s right, they re-elected George W. Bush.

Hell, at least Solyndra actually produced something in its 6 years as a company.

Then there’s always Benghazi.  You know, that place 95% of Republicans can’t find on a map.  After Fox News told conservatives they needed to care about this attack, suddenly they were calling for the instant resignation of Hillary Clinton and the impeachment of President Obama.  Now don’t get me wrong, 4 American deaths are tragic, but it just reeks of hypocrisy to see an entire political party up in arms over these deaths when they voted for the man who started 2 wars currently tallying over 6,500 Americans deaths between the two (and tens of thousands more permanently wounded).

So if 4 deaths in Benghazi, Libya warrants an impeachment, what do the over 4,500 deaths in Iraq call for?  Well if you’re going by recent news, apparently your very own Presidential Library in Dallas and possibly renaming a highway after you.  Yes, a stretch of highway here in Dallas is possibly going to be renamed the George W. Bush Memorial Highway.

Oh, how can we forget the “big government President Obama.”   Him and his “socialism.”  Always trying to “take away our freedoms.”  Where were these people when Bush pushed for, and signed into law, the Patriot Act?  Oh that’s right, they were gearing up to vote for him again in 2004.

The whole line “Obama has resided over the record high oil prices” is another one I always laugh at.  Oil hit record highs of $147 per barrel in the summer of 2008 (it currently sits around $93 per barrel), with gas well over $4 per gallon nationally.  The only reason why gas prices have “gone up” under President Obama is because as our economy collapsed at the end of 2008, so did oil prices.  As the economy has improved since Obama has been in office, oil prices have risen with an improving stock market.  A stock market which has set new records, by the way.

Then there’s the ridiculous rhetoric that Obama is “always on vacation.”  Pay no mind that Obama is on pace to take fewer vacation days than both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.  Maybe we should focus on the 1,020 vacation days Bush took during his 8 years in office.

I’ll do the math on this for everyone:

8 years in office x 365 days per year + 2 leap years = 2922 days

That comes out to 35%, or 2.8 years, of Bush’s entire Presidency he spent on vacation.

But they want to say Obama is always on vacation?  Please.

We can always cover the claim that Obama is the “Executive order President.”  Which is of course another right-wing con.  If he abuses his power issuing Executive orders, then Bush and Reagan really abused their power—considering he’s on pace to issue fewer than both of them.

Do you remember after we killed Osama Bin Ladin and Obama decided to visit the site of the 9/11 attacks?  Oh man, Republicans went nuts.  “Look at Obama, just trying to get a photo-op!”  I guess those people missed the whole flying onto an aircraft carrier in a flight suit with a giant “Mission Accomplished” banner hanging in the background in 2003—you know, almost a decade before  the war actually ended.  That wasn’t a photo-op?  Hell, just how many thousands of dollars of taxpayer money went into that little stunt?

I’m going to go ahead and stop there.  In fact, look out in the future for a “Part 2” on this because there are many  more I could have covered.

But it’s just ironic when those who voted (twice!) for a man who doubled our national debt, started 2 wars costing thousands of American lives, ran up our deficits, ruined a balanced budget and presided over running the economy so far into the ground it nearly completely collapsed…..

They have the nerve to call President Obama  the “worst President in history.”

Give me a break. 

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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