Obama blames Republicans again, but some breaking news hampers his schtick
Peter Barnes and Major Garrett from Fox News report:
While praising his own team for pioneering “ambitious” financial reform and “sweeping” economic recovery initiatives, the president took some pointed shots at Republicans who are now blasting the latest package as a spend-crazy “stimulus two” that will drill deeper into the deficit.
“We were forced to take those steps (to jump-start the economy) largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that had led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve,” Obama said, starting his address with a history lesson on the roots of the recession.
Now for the breaking news promised in the headline – you know, I’ll have to check my notes, but didn’t Democrats take over the House and Senate in 2006, while unemployment was around 4.7% and the stock market was about 30% higher than it is now?
Of course, since the statement above wasn’t quite enough, Obama decides to whine / channel Orwell a little more:
Obama said the crisis was caused not just by economic weakness but the “weakness in our political system” — one corroded by the “bitterness of partisanship,” and the “endless campaigns focused on scoring points instead of meeting our common challenges.”
“We’ve seen the consequences of this failure of responsibility. The American people have paid a heavy price,” Obama said, calling the nation’s unemployment a “human tragedy.”
If I may, I would like to offer a correction to the bitterly partisan, endlessly campaigning Teleprompter In Chief, and it is this – we are seeing the consequences of a failure of responsibility. The American people are paying a heavy price.
Carry on, Mr. Obama. By the way, the over / under on when you quit blaming others and take responsibility is 2032. I have the house on the over.