"Taking over the White House doesn't come with a magic pen to rewrite history." That is a quote from former White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino in response to recent remarks by Obama advisor Austan Goolsbee. Goolsbee stated that the Bush administration "kicked the can down the road"
Perino responded to Goolsbee's history re-write in Politico's "The Arena" and it is good she did. For too long, the media simply encourages the spin from this White House and how terribly put upon it is by the acts of the previous administration. Since when did taking the reins of power in our country be assumed to be anything other than the most difficult job in the world? The constant finger pointing and whining of "inherited" problems is growing quite old. The President and his administration sound juvenile and petty. They should all at least attempt to show the same respect for the previous administration as was shown to the one before that by them.
Even at the time of the original emergency loans to the automakers, news agencies reported that it was a necessary step to avoid total collapse of the industry and all the ripple effects of that choice. The current administration has simply used the automakers failures as a reason to take it over and allow major payback to the unions that brought them into power. How very convenient.
The emerging problem for the Obama administration is, while certainly not much or quickly enough, the media is slowly awakening to the disgracefully one-sided coverage of it all. It is to be expected, of course, as they have so much to lose as the public notices. During the campaign it became obvious at an early date that the media covering Obama that they were all in. No holds. Obama could do no wrong and he was the best person ever to run for the office. Now they have to live with the consequences and there is simply no saving face for them.
Phil Bronstein, San Francisco Chronicle, wrote recently about this. He wrote of his observation that during the German stop on Obama's recent overseas trip, as soon as Obama told reporters to stop asking about his trip agenda, they did. Simple as that. They are a very obedient group. And so very unprofessional.
President and Mrs. Obama took a Saturday night "date night" to NYC and the press swooned. How romantic. Dinner and a play on Broadway. The Mrs. wanted it. Quite an expensive date, especially when there's a big ole recession going on out here in every person land.
It does point to the arrogance of this first couple at times. Do as I say, not as I do. They seem to be tone deaf. Michelle Obama wears a white dress to the somber ceremony at Normandy. No one blinks an eye - she's a fashion trend maker! Carla Bruni had on an off white dress but wore a black jacket over it. Michelle Obama stuck out like a sore thumb. Was it on purpose? Or does she simply not know that black or a dark neutral color outfit was appropriate? Does she wear white to funerals, too? Not one word from the fashionistas who previously were quick to critique every outfit worn by other First Ladies.
Obama is known to keep the Oval Office at 72 degrees as he demands Americans conserve energy. He continues in campaign mode as he instructs his staff to arrange one out of town event per week, preferably with a town hall component.
Let's remember it was the Democrats who demanded the auto industry be bailed out. Let's remember that Republicans offering the out of bankruptcy as a better solution were shouted down as uncaring, union hating Neanderthals. Turns out, leaders like Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) were correct and GM is now in bankruptcy just as Chrysler was before them. All of that taxpayer bailout money and the result was still bankruptcy. It is Obama's auto industry now.
Keith Hennessey provides a timeline of the auto rescue in The Wall Street Journal, Saturday June 6 edition. Clearly, the Obama administration continues in re-writing history for their own benefit.