Fear and Loathing in Elkhart

Posted by on February 9, 2009

President Obama visited Elkhart Indiana today to stir up support for the Stimulus bill that passed Cloture this evening. He didn’t talk about how we were going to overcome the challenges before us. No no…he resorted to trying to scare the hell out of people and blaming the whole mess on the Bush Administration:

When he took office I was more than willing to give him a fair shake. I was one of the few people in my family willing to openly declare “I support this President”. I defended his selection on some of his appointees including Mr. Paneta for CIA Director and SecState Clinton. I supported his early Foreign Policy decisions. I was beginning to think that he was going to be a President that actually tried to live up to his overarching campaign theme of changing the way things are done in Washington. His talk of bipartisanship and working for solutions and not political points.  President Bush brought the same idea to DC with his “Charm Offensive” hoping he could get on the good side of Democrats still smarting from a very competitive race and the ugly ending.  The “No Child Left Behind” act seemed to show some progress on the bipartisan front although the extremes on both left and right hated it for a variety of reasons.  Those emotions on the extreme wings of the spectrum soon took over until only the extreme middle remained.  On September 11, 2001 the far left made comments that it was Bush’s fault and wished he would’ve been killed in the attacks.  Some called his actions cowardly when he didn’t immediately return to DC.

If Stimuluspalooza is any indication, President Obama is going to skip the preliminaries and jump right to the main event.  He is going to push hard for his agenda and drop all pretence of being Presidential in the process.

This is the second public statement from the President on the sad state of affairs with the economy.  Both statements have been filled with FUD in a weak attempt to scare us into supporting a bill that will do more for the Federal Government than the 500 million Americans who will lose their jobs this month.

President Clinton was never this negative.  President Bush is probably appaulled at such language from the President.  This behavior is well beneath the Presidency and President Obama should be ashamed of himself.

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