I have a sorta-friend who is an arch-conservative. He says he hates all politicians, but he only slams Democrats, and he slams them hard. He takes special pleasure in ripping Obama—typical fare: “The Chosen One,” “Socialist agenda,” etc … etc. I always took his takes at face value. The conservative rants of a conservative guy.

Then it hit me.

My sorta-friend, and people like him, don’t just hate Obama because he’s Obama. They hate him because of George W. Bush.

Being serious: Bush was a failed president. Most people admit this, including those who voted for him (twice). In the history of American presidents, he’ll go down as one of the five least-successful. In the history of two-term American presidents, he’ll go down as the worst. Probably without much debate. Republicans know this was their man. They remember, embarrassingly, wearing the W pins and waving flags and screaming his name. It’s like having loved A Walk to Remember. At the time, it seemed terrific. In hindsight, not so much.

Unlike Bush, Obama has served two years. Two. That’s nothing—especially considering what he walked into (and that does need to be considered, despite the cries of his detractors). Yet my sorta-friend, as well as ton of eager Republicans, are already labeling him an unambiguous failure; someone unworthy of being president; etc … etc. It took them eight years to tire of Bush, but in Obama’s case, he’s a failure. Pretty much was after a month.

Maybe Obama will be a failed president, maybe he won’t. But this Bush-caused insecurity is pathetic.

You screwed up. You brought the nation shame by bringing the nation W.

It’s OK. We all make mistakes.

Move on.

4 thoughts on “ObamaRage”

  1. I absolutely agree people are angry because Bush completely destroyed the economy.
    Now we are impatient, and not willing to let it take as much time to get us out of the mess.
    A year ago a friend was ranting about what a bad job Obama had done to the economy. I said he hasn’t even been in office for a year yet. My friend insisted he had been in almost 2.
    My friend listens to conservative talking heads, though to his credit not Rush, Bill O, or Beck.

  2. I have about an hour ride home from work and listen to Thom Hartmann for part of the ride. He would say that Reagan was worse than Bush, because Reaganomics was the real beginning of our economic downfall. That plus getting rid of Glass Stegal during the Clinton administration. Economists say that real wages stopped going up after Reagan took over. If you want an interesting economic lesson you should check out Richard Wolf. (not the political pundit). He is pretty interesting. Or just check out his video.


  3. Republicans/Conservatives were already up in arms the day after he took the oath and was sworn in. The number of Facebook updates, “Where is all the change!” started almost immediately. At first I dismissed it with them being sore losers, but it has never given up.

  4. Blaming conservatives for the backlash against Obama is about as dumb as it gets. It’s not like conservatives liked Obama in 2008 and then turned on him in 2009. The people who turned on Obama were those glib but much-exalted “independents” and “moderates” who thought Obama could move mountains and then were shocked, just shocked, to learn it wasn’t true.

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