October 6, 2014


My brain isn't working at full capacity (more on that tomorrow), so I don't have the ability, or time to research, whether there has been a president that stood up from Day One and refused to blame his predecessor(s) for any shortcoming, statistic, or situation.  There are certainly inherited challenges to any leadership position, be it president of the United States, CEO, or Den Mother.  I have always believed that true leadership involved taking those challenges in stride and owning every step forward or backward from that point.

We all know that Obama's favorite pastime is blaming Bush.  Not even the passage of time has lessened the proclivity of the Obama administration to blame the guy who came before.  Obama is also a gold medal contender in passing the buck and throwing others under the bus.  I have seen dozens of political cartoons that illustrate the pile of bodies under the Greyhound.  Even left coast editorial boards have seen the light:
What’s the saddest statistic of the political season? Here’s one contender: a Google search for the phrase “Obama ISIS buck pass” yields about 478,000 results.
That’s what happens when a president makes comments like the ones Barack Obama made during an interview on “60 Minutes.” There, he haplessly explained that Jim Clapper, director of national intelligence, acknowledged he’d underestimated how quickly ISIS could rise to threaten the Mideast.
True enough – but also misleading, and another unforced error for our clearly beleaguered president. Mr. Obama should have recognized that he had opened himself up to legitimate charges of buck passing...
...But instead of facing the music – as John F. Kennedy did in the wake of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 – Mr. Obama all but hid behind his new press secretary, Josh Earnest.
“Everybody,” Mr. Earnest had to tell reporters, blew it on ISIS. But only the president, he went on, is “the one who takes responsibility for ensuring that we have the kinds of policies in place that are required to protect our interests around the globe.”
If only President Obama actually bothered to act like it. At the National Journal, Josh Kraushaar draws the only possible conclusion – that the ISIS flub is proof positive of a characteristic pattern of conduct. From Benghazi to Obamacare to the IRS and VA scandals, says Kraushaar, this president’s “time-tested strategy” is straightforward: “Claim he’s in the dark about his own administration’s activities, blame the mess on subordinates, and hope that with the passage of time, all will be forgotten.” 
When the Orange County Register has you pegged, it's time to get a new spin doctor that can come up with a better excuse for your failings.

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