Charles Krauthammer: Is there anything Obama won't blame Bush for?


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  • Obama and the neocommunists
    Feb. 21, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    I am glad to at least a few people in the media finally starting to have the courage and integrity to challenge Obama and to critique his failures and broken promices. Until the mainstream media gets over their infatuation with Obama, he is going to continue to be able to act with impunity and refuse to take any responsiblity for his lies, deceptions and blatant disregard for the Constitution.

    Obama is simply the newest version of the Fabian Society, Rhoades secret society, TLC, CFR and Bilderburg et al puppet who has picked up with the new world order agenda right where Bush left off. However, Obama is able to persue the agenda of his neocommunist handlers with greater ease due to mainstream media infatuation, ease of scapegoating his detractors as being racists, and those who are blinded by their hatred for Bush.

    Until the American people wake up and accept the ugly brutal fact that the two parties are controlled by the same inner circles of power and money, we will continue to put our constitutional republic at risk. George Washington wisely advised that the common people and citizenry of this nation have to defend the constituion.

  • Justice
    Feb. 20, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    This is what happens when national and world leades are not held accountable. Bush should have been impeached and the truth be known and the court decision a verdict accepted by all. Instead we now have an unofficial blame game and the big losers are the American people while the scoundrel polititions go about their lying ways.

  • Dennis
    Feb. 20, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    Will Obama blame Bush in 2012? Obama has been in office for over a year, but he won't take any responsibility for HIS deficit, unemployment rising under HIS watch. If we get out of the recession during Obama's term, is he going to be fair and give the credit to Bush? Obama has no experience in government, so he wants to blame Bush for everything...just like Bush blamed Clinton...Clinton blamed Bush Sr., Bush Sr. blamed Reagan...what? These never blamed the previous administration? So why doesn't Obama become a leader instead of just blaming HIS worsening recession on someone else! He is beginning to sound as dumb as Joe Biden!

  • ONE thing he took credit for...
    Nov. 2, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    The only thing I've seen the Obama Administration take credit for was the stock market rally a few months ago. And they were VERY careful in the press to make sure this couldn't have happened WITHOUT the stimulus spending. They were also very careful to make sure people understood that it was OBAMA'S stimulus spending that saved the Stock Market, and NOT the TARP spending Bush passed.

    It's just hard-ball politics. They wouldn't get away with it so easily if the Media weren't in on it and a willing participant in creating the illusion that EVERYTHING is Bush's fault.

    It may be all Bush's fault (everything bad that's EVERY happend ANYWHERE in the world), but I have a hard time believing it's ALL that black & white. All HIS problem, NONE mine.

  • Mark
    Nov. 2, 2009 1:02 p.m.

    the way it goes said,

    "The worst administration in our nation's history creates a terrible mess.
    Another administration tries to clean it up.

    And the conservatives (as per usual) are freaking out."

    Actually, the current administration isn't even trying to "clean it up". They are deflecting our attention to other issues, while they make "a terrible mess" even worse!

    And and anyone with a brain should be "freaking out".

    You can't hide behind "we're just cleaning up his mess", when you are leading this country to ruin!

  • Cosmo
    Nov. 2, 2009 11:36 a.m.

    Did all of you Obamatons dress as Obama, for Trick Or Treat? Did you sing about "Obama is gonna change the world", like good little Obamatons?

  • @ "GREAT TEACHER | 12:39 a.m."
    Nov. 2, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    GREAT TEACHER | 12:39 a.m.

    What do Republicans blame on Bill Clinton (besides being a poor roll model for our children on how to treat women)?

    There's 9/11, but Bill Clinton himself (in his own memoirs) agreed that he didn't see it coming and wished he had done more to keep Sadam Hussain in check and respond to the terrorist attacks that happened during his administration to put the Terrorists more on the defensive instead of letting them grow till they could attack us in our cities.

    Those are the only 2 I can think of. Do you have more? Because liberals and Obama sure have LONG list of things they still can't seem to get over and still blame almost everything on past presidents, with NO responsibility for anything happening today being placed at the feet of the CURRENT President.

    I thought President Bush did a GOOD job of moving on when he took office and not blaming every mis-step he made on the past President. But maybe my memory isn't as good as yours.

  • Indiana
    Nov. 1, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    To Anonymous @ 11:13

    Thanks for a well written and good letter.

    To the Krauthammer haters: Shame on you all for disliking someone who tells the truth, but many of you don't know the difference, so it probably doesn't make any difference.... I don't think you want the truth and when given it, you cannot discern it. Too bad for you.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 1, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    Clinton also blamed his predecessors. I knew that Obama would also. Because they haven't had good male role models in their lives.

    Although Reagan was raised by an alcoholic father, he was still a real man and didn't blame his predecessors.

    George W. Bush certainly eould have blamed Clinton for the Enron mess and also the terrorist attacks, since Clinton was offered Osama Bin Laden twice, and didn't bother to capture him. And didn't act on other terrorist attacks on our country and military.

    But Bush took it like a man and didn't blame his predecessors. And didn't try to shut down the ruthless criticism of him by the media. It does seem that manly men also happen to be conservative: John Wayne, Charleton Heston, Reagan, Bush, etc.

  • Weaseling
    Nov. 1, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    Obama wants transparency, through discussion and openness, except with those who question him. I am afraid that I wasted my vote for Mr. Obama. Eventually he must take responsibility for his actions and stop using false information on jobs, the recovery and security. Using Bush as a scapegoat will eventually get old.

  • Impatience
    Nov. 1, 2009 9:00 p.m.

    I think all Obama is saying is that he inherited one of the biggest messes ever and he should be afforded time to dig us out. It took 8 yrs for Bush and Co. to run this country into the ground. It's going to take longer than 9 mons to dig us out.
    It's like losing weight. Very easy to gain weight--very difficult to lose those extra pounds.

    Obama deserves time.

  • Some things stay the same
    Nov. 1, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    8 yrs in which we became involved in 2 wars. A budget surplus turned into a budget deficit and the economy in tatters. Republicans have been condemning Obama since the first day he took office.

    Big surprise.

    They spent 8 yrs doing the same thing to Clinton, years and millions of dollars investigating him.

    Same old, same old.

  • Hypocrisy
    Nov. 1, 2009 8:16 p.m.

    "It is interesting how name-calling is rarely backed up by facts or examples. Those who really hated Bush are upset at people who really hate Obama."

    Uh? Please stay on topic.

    Glenn Beck rarely says anything that is backed up by fact. In fact, he doesn't "stick" his neck out for solid reporting. He actually calls himself a rodeo clown. Meaning, he works to provoke others to hate against him. He makes his money by irritating others and firing up his base.

    He's not at all a credible journalist. This has nothing to do with yours or my political beliefs. It has everything to do with one man making money at the expense of truth telling journalism.

    He's an entertainer. But when people take his entertainment as truth, it makes for a very scary situation.

  • @Hypocrisy
    Nov. 1, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    It is interesting how name-calling is rarely backed up by facts or examples. Those who really hated Bush are upset at people who really hate Obama.

  • Hypocrisy
    Nov. 1, 2009 7:03 p.m.

    "Just because Beck is willing to risk his own neck exposing the massive corruption in Washington, doesn't make him un-American. Now its spreading hate to tell truth? Back to mixed up person."

    Oh please. Sticks his neck out?

    More like he spreads hate and lies in order to make money.

  • Christy
    Nov. 1, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    Who's stealing money? Obama is trying to dig this country out and turn it around from Bush/Cheney running it into the ground. He has more on his mind than oil and war, he has the betterment of the people. Why is that translated into a 'Power Grab'? The real Power Grab was attempted when we went into Iraq UNPROVKED AND UNWARRANTED.

  • Hey Christy @4:23
    Nov. 1, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    Maybe we should try Obama and his cronies for treason. Do you think it is proper for him and his ilk to steal trillions of $$ from yo and all other tax payers only for their own power grab? How about sedition? I think you could easily get a good start there.

  • re: KM @2:42
    Nov. 1, 2009 4:26 p.m.

    "He Obama)can't make a decision to save his life."
    The "decisions Bush and Cheney make ran this country into the ground and started wars that continue to this day based on lies and only profitted Dick and Lynne Cheney's Halliburton and Lockheed Martin.

    These are the quick "decisions" conservatives worship.

  • Christy
    Nov. 1, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    Waaaaaahhh Kraut! Like someone said, Obama could cure cancer and people would say he was trying to promote population control. He can do NOTHING right in the eyes of the Repubs.

    What is so wrong with being deliberate in your decision to send more of our sons and daughters to die, and FOR WHAT? What are we doing there??? I hope he decides to reduce troop levels there and we leave that country to itself. We have NO business there. It's a total waste of precious blood and money.

    And even tho' he never will, I wish Obama would persue trying Bush/Cheney for war crimes. They deserve nothing less.

  • KM
    Nov. 1, 2009 2:42 p.m.

    I must admit that Obama has even performed less than I thought he would. He can't make a decision to save his life. I suspected his motives when I learned about his associations during the election. Now that he is in office and is surrounded by radicals, who's surprised by all the anti-American agenda comming from the White House?
    By anti-American I mean to say why destroy a perfectly good 'free enterprise' system, unless you are trying to 'fundamentally transform' it?

  • @dixie
    Nov. 1, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    Why kill the messenger? Just because Beck is willing to risk his own neck exposing the massive corruption in Washington, doesn't make him un-American. Now its spreading hate to tell truth? Back to mixed up person.

  • Dixie Dan
    Nov. 1, 2009 1:04 p.m.

    Krauthammer, Sean, O'Riley, Beck and Rush are probably the most un-American commentators our country has ever experienced. When is America going to wake up that these people spread hate and discontent?

  • @mixed up person
    Nov. 1, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    You need to wake up to the times we live in. Obama and Bush are the same person with the same agenda. Dems and pubs are the same party with the same agenda, that being, destroy the economy of the U.S. and take as many freedoms away from us as possible. I'm just asking you, can't you see the same corruption on both sides of the isle. We have not had a legitimate American choice for president since Regan.

  • @Indiana | 7:29 a.m.
    Nov. 1, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    You said: "I don't know if he can man-up and admit he is wrong. I am not sure it is in his make up without a great deal of effort to humble himself..."

    You should realize by now, if you're honest with yourself and those of us who post here, that Krauthammer (who is the one who is totally wrong in his column about President Obama) will NEVER man-up and admit he's wrong. it is also very clear that it is NOT in Karauthammer's makeup to ever humble himself in any way, much less admit his error.

  • Doug G
    Nov. 1, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    I wonder charles, is there anything you won't blame obama for?

  • the way it goes
    Nov. 1, 2009 11:45 a.m.

    The worst administration in our nation's history creates a terrible mess.
    Another administration tries to clean it up.

    And the conservatives (as per usual) are freaking out.

  • Bush Three
    Nov. 1, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    Obama is nothing but Bush III. If Obama blames Bush II, he blames himself....

  • Hypocrisy
    Nov. 1, 2009 10:42 a.m.

    Funny. I guess Republicans have short memories.

    I remember when Bush and Charles blamed everything on Clinton. Everything from the economy to national security.

    I guess the shoe is on the other foot now. I guess it's only wrong to blame the previous administration when a Democrat does it. If it's a Republican then it's called being a true American.

  • Attn: Pro-Dithering Posters
    Nov. 1, 2009 9:58 a.m.

    Please tell me one time when blame has actually solved a problem....one time!

    Obama was elected to make difficult decisions..the kinds of decisions that he assured us would lead to solutions to the Bush-created problems..if only we would elect him. Now, nearly one year into his presidency all we get is an ongoing litenany of blame. Casting blame solves nothing.

    Before you dismiss me and my message as Bush loving, I'd be the first to agree Bush made mistakes. However his mistakes were because he actually did something, i.e. made decisions - even if they were wrong. What about Obama?

    I think what we are getting is what Obama and his minions know...they don't know much about problem solutions, but they do know quite a bit about whining, crying foul, and deflecting attention away from the critical issues and onto where they want the sheepish media and their fawning supporters to focus.

    The dems claimed for 8 years they'd do a better job. Well, dems, the proverbial dog chasing the bus has caught the bus - now what is the dog going to do? Curious minds are anxiously awaiting your brilliant counsel!

  • RedShirt
    Nov. 1, 2009 9:41 a.m.

    To the liberals out there. Obama, in March 2009 said "The buck stops here". If that was true, why does he have to keep blaming Bush for every problem? Also, wasn't Obama a senator before becoming President, so isn't he partially to blame for a lot of the things that he pushes onto Bush?

  • Terry
    Nov. 1, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    If the shoe fits, wear it. And Yes, Bush is responsible for the terrible situation the world finds its self in to day. Bush is the one who owns the blame, why shouldn't he be called accountable.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 1, 2009 9:10 a.m.

    The fact that Bush is gone admonishes any wrongs he did? Never has a president came in to office with a greater mess to clean up. I witnessed how GOP propagandist blamed Cater for inflation and oil prices that started with Nixon and Ford. We know conservatives can't accept personal accountability that we expect from our children.

  • Geezer
    Nov. 1, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Obama still has a lot of Bush's mess to clean up. I never voted for Bush, but when he took office I thought he could still do some good. Instead, he was far worse than I expected. He let right-wing ideologues loose in many fields of government. It will take years to correct their mistakes.

  • Danny
    Nov. 1, 2009 8:12 a.m.

    The fact of the matter is that most conservatives couldn't wait for Bush to leave office so that this kind of rhetoric could begin. The simple truth is that Bush and his crony's bad decisions and failed policies begot the situation that this and many other future president's will need to bare. So, whatever failed strategies or policies this president has to endure regarding those regions in the Middle East only occur because one President put us there. It's naive for people to think that just because Bush has left office that we will no longer pay a price for his administration's tenure. The affects of which will linger for many,many years to come.

  • President Obama is right
    Nov. 1, 2009 8:09 a.m.

    He inherited a horrendous mess from Bush, and it's going to take time to clean up the problems BUSH caused. It's sad that people like Krauthammer and Anon (12;12 a.m.) think President Obama should take the blame for things that he didn't cause. It's too bad that they are trying to re-write history but, then, that's the only way Bush and his apologists can escape having to take responsibility for Bush's failures and malfeasance.

  • Hmm
    Nov. 1, 2009 8:01 a.m.

    I wonder if Bush got Krauthammer to pen this op-ed? Just a thought...

  • Ralph
    Nov. 1, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    Krauthhammer finally proves what a complete farce he is! The headline reads "Is there anything Obama won't blame Bush for"! What a joke, Krauthhammer week after week pulls the same gig on Obama ad nauseum. The Des. News should be embarrassed to even print this one, then again they should be embarrassed to even have him on their weekly agenda.

  • liberal way
    Nov. 1, 2009 7:45 a.m.

    its the liberal way; blame somebody else, anybody else. Never take responsibility for your own life, let everything be out of your ability to control.
    Grow up Obama, Grow up!

  • Bush's fake war
    Nov. 1, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    The United States needed no footprint at all in Iraq. Pakistan is the real problem. A balanced approach is a refreshing new direction by thoughtful and competent leadership.(When did the Bush Administration "man up". They spun and misdirected for years)

  • Indiana
    Nov. 1, 2009 7:29 a.m.

    I don't know if he can man-up and admit he is wrong. I am not sure it is in his make up without a great deal of effort to humble himself...

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 1, 2009 6:56 a.m.

    Your president was incompetent and deceitful. He started 2 wars. He didn't finish either one (but did declare 'Mission Accomplished'). His administration drove the economy into the dirt by cutting taxes without cutting spending. He tortured. He spied on American citizens!

    And you have the gall to complain about Obama after less than a year in office?!

    You will hear about Bush for a long, long time - at least as long as the republicans complain about Jimmy Carter.


  • Anonymous
    Nov. 1, 2009 6:51 a.m.

    Obama needs to step up and be a leader. He is the man now. Take responsibility and move forward.

  • Bob R.
    Nov. 1, 2009 6:48 a.m.

    Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He is thoughtful, deliberative, careful and sensitive to all aspects of a decision. He knows that he can afford to lose in Afghanistan and allow Pakistan to become radicalized, he knows how wrong, wrong, wrong was George Bush throughout his eight years, he knows that he has ascended to the top of one of world's most destructive nation, and he knows most of all that he has a radical left that will dump if he allows the U.S. to prevail in war. There is no doubt that our Nobel winning President will allow his political advisers to tell our already proven generals how to conduct his war, and there is no doubt we will lose.

  • JMT
    Nov. 1, 2009 6:37 a.m.

    Actually, he is only out of envelopes when the media thinks so. Until then the propaganda will go forward full-steam.

    One has to understand that socialism has never worked, yet it doesn't implode over night. It took the United Soviet Socialist Republics 70+ years to finally implode. The whole endeavor was one anti-American excuse after another. And I am talking about the media in America.

    They blamed our constant military pressure on the fact that the Soviet economy could never seem to get its feet underneath it. Instead of building plowshares under a centrally controlled economy, they had to build swords to deal with the American Imperialist warmachine. Instead of cars, army trucks. Instead of refrigerators, Kalishikovs. Amazingly, with roughly the same population America did it all, and grew for many decades. No matter. They still insist socialism works.

    And with Obama and todays leftists, they still think it works.

    This is the same crew that couldn't even manage the: Cash-4-Clunkers program; The $8,000/new home credit; H1N1 Vaccines, etc, etc, etc.

    Socialism doesn't work, and its all George Bush's fault. This will go on for another 70 years!

  • Joe Moe
    Nov. 1, 2009 6:16 a.m.

    Two observations:

    1) It would be bad enough if it were just Obama, but about a third of our population are happy to go along with it. I'm sure we'll hear from some of them today.

    2) Conservatives also did it to Clinton, although to a lesser degree. As Krauthammer points it, it's a play from a very old political playbook. A politician in trouble will use it as long as it works (now reference point #1).

  • Randerson
    Nov. 1, 2009 6:07 a.m.

    I don't believe Bush would be blamed if he wasn't responsible. But the fact is we are now cleaning up the mess from eight years of his failed presidency and blame should be placed where it is deserved. He did not have the courage to accept accountability while he was in office so he had better expect to now.

  • Timj
    Nov. 1, 2009 5:03 a.m.

    Obama admitted he was wrong about the surge. He's man enough to admit when he's wrong, he's smart enough not to rush into big changes in the war while he's evaluating the situation.
    I never recall Bush admitting being wrong about anything. And Bush certainly rushed into Iraq too quickly, especially seeing that the US already had a war on our hands--a war that Bush couldn't finish in over 7 years.
    Afghanistan is a tough situation. We've been there for eight years, without any sign of enemy number one. Maybe we should spend more time thinking about strategy and spend less effort rushing into it blindly.

  • Mark
    Nov. 1, 2009 2:50 a.m.

    I agree as well. The non-FOX media and late night comedians (if you can tell the difference) are doing the same thing. Obama’s inaction and lack of leadership give them nothing to comment on. Add their blatant pro-Obama bias and they literally have nothing to report. All they can do is grovel for ways to continue to criticize the last president who actually made some decisions. Obama is all about appeasing whoever is listening. When he is put in a situation that requires him to do something that will inevitably displease people, he just puts it off and tries to get people to focus on someone else — even if they are a currently irrelevant ex-president.

  • Mixed up person
    Nov. 1, 2009 1:38 a.m.

    Where is Krauthammer coming from??

  • Lew Jeppson
    Nov. 1, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    Many of us who stridently opposed Bush invading Iraq, nevertheless supported his actions in Afghanistan (after all it made sense to go after Bin Laden). Krauthammer implies that Iraq is a success becauase of the surge, and therefore a surge will fix Afghaistan. Well, first off, we don't know what we're ultimately going to be left with in Iraq. I think history will record that Iraq was a catastrophic, or at least, wasteful mistake. To the degree there is security it is due to ethnic clensing - many are left resenting the United States.

    Now, Afghanistan is very different. I believe the same fate awaits us there as what befell the Soviets. The Soviet Union died in Afghanistan. It's almost an impossible country to hold because it is so mountainous. Our drone aircraft makes enemies of many. Are we making more enemies than friends by our prolonged involvement there? If so a purge isn't going to cut it.

    Obama is right to be deliberate, and I hope he decides to limit our invorvement there, and yes, even get out.

    Nov. 1, 2009 12:39 a.m.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA has clearly learned the political calculus of the REPUBLICANS.

    The REPUBLICANS blamed everything on BILL CLINTON.

    In the BLOOD SPORT we call POLITICS,


    CHARLIE would recollect that bit of history, if it were not for the fact that his thinking is still obliviously clouded by his 24/7 HATRED of PRESIDENT OBAMA.

  • President Obama Was Elected...
    Nov. 1, 2009 12:38 a.m.

    President Obama Was Elected with a mandate to blame President Bush.

    So, in a word, 'no' there is nothing Obama won't blame on Bush!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 1, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    I agree with the author. I'm sick of Obama coming up with excuses and blaming Bush for everything that has gone wrong. I wish Obama would man-up already and admit when he's wrong.