Who believes that President Obama is being unreasonable in blaming the former president for all that is wrong rather than his own party?Who believes that President Obama is being unreasonable in...

Who believes that President Obama is being unreasonable in blaming the former president for all that is wrong rather than his own party?

Who believes that President Obama is being unreasonable in blaming the former president for all that is wrong rather than his own party?

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It would be completely unreasonable for President Obama to blame every problem we have on the former administration.  At some point we need to stop assessing blame and start assessing policies.  That being said, I don't think The President or the Democratic Party are completely out of line for challenging the policies of the past decade or two - policies which took place under both Clinton and George W. Bush's watch.  It would be equally unreasonable for Republicans or President Bush to claim they bear no responsibility whatsoever for the state of our economy and our current foreign wars.  It's difficult for me to lend much credibility to those who criticize and oppose almost every Obama initiative or policy as ruinous to our economy, Constitution and way of life, when some of those same people absolutely refuse to admit their own fault and participation, not only in the unwise policies of the past, but in some of the current policies they currently criticize.  Many people forget that the TARP bailout was signed by President Bush, not Obama, and 33 Senate Republicans and 91 House Republicans voted yes on the bill that created it.

I would say it's probably time to forget blame and start to work together to get out of this mess, as opposed to simply looking for the short term electoral rewards that sometimes come from finger pointing.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is, of course, a matter of opinion.  (Which is why it's been moved to the discussion section since I typed this answer.)  It is fundamentally impossible to answer such a question in an objective way.  There are a couple of reasons for this.

First, it is a matter of opinion to say that Obama is blaming only "the former president" for the problems the country faces today.  He has surely blamed many different people or groups and has talked about how all politicians need to "put away childish things" and stop blaming each other (not to say that he never acts in these ways).

Second, and more importantly, there is absolutely no way to know whose fault the current problems are.  Are they really Bush's fault or are they Obama's?  Some of each?  Neither?  There is no way to answer this objectively.

So it really comes down to your own political beliefs.  If you're a Democrat you're likely to say he's being reasonable, if you're a Republican, you're likely to say he's not.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous posts that the blame game is not effective--regardless of who does it. The fact is--as you seem to imply in the wording of your question--that the President's party was in control of Congress in 2007 and beyond, and while a President can set policy and push his agenda, Congress has a great deal of power when it comes to the budget.  So, while the previous administration certainly was not modest in its spending, neither was/is the Democratic Congress.  The bottom line now is Who Cares?  Our nation is in serious financial trouble, facing national security threats from numerous locations/groups and growing public anger.  We need a leader who takes command and practices the "Buck Stops Here" philosophy.

MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous two posters. You know, every day I hear politicians in both parties lamenting the lack of bi-partisanship in Congress. Then, I watch representatives vote against bills they previously supported because of one provision, and blame the other party for their ultimate action. As poster #6 pointed out, this is a time of incredible tension for our nation. The recent primary results reveal an even more divided electorate than previously imagined. The time has come for voters to demand that their representatives work for them...nevermind the past, nevermind who's responsible. Just do what needs to be done for the citizens of America.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It seems to me there's plenty of blame to go around.  What irks me about the continual references back to Bush and blaming him for the current woes of this world, is that I rarely hear the President accept responsibility for anything he has clearly done.  He's implemented a lot of programs and spent a lot of money; at some point, things have got to be either his fault or his claim to victory.  I guess, then, I'd say he's being less than honest when he blames so many things on the past Administration. It's unseemly, if nothing else; and I want more from any President of the United States.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here is an echo of posts #5,6,and 7.  The biggest problem is that there are too,too many politicos concerned with their own self-interests.  Instead of worrying about their "bases," the people in high offices of the government need to forget about the power of money and think objectively and reasonably instead of viscerally.  This includes all branches--judicial, legislative, and executive.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The truth is that Obama did inherit a large set of problems, many of which were caused by former administrations and the rest of which have been made worse by partisan politics. It is silly to blame Obama for problems that he did not cause.
beginhere | Student

Granted Obama walked into a mess; we were losing jobs before he even took office. Blame, there surly is enough to go around.

There is an old saying; you have to spend money to make money. I believe the stimulus money was needed to save jobs; (teachers, fireman, police and the like). It was needed to create jobs within each state; like roads and bridges. I do not believe we should bail out banks. There have been banks to fail in the past and we survived. Paulson put the fear of total melt down if we didn’t bail them out, so this began under Bush; Obama just continued in Bush’s footsteps.

Politicians need to walk in the steps of the average everyday American; working for an honest day’s pay for an honest day of work. Special interest groups keep them happy working for corporations rather than “we the people”. Somewhere long ago we lost that. I truly believe we had no business going into Iraq and very happy Obama is ending that fiasco. I have witnessed too many of my friends lose their jobs of no fault of their own; then turn around within a year and lose their home. It’s a travesty to ask for an extension on unemployment only to be denied because one party didn’t want to do the right thing for “we the people”. I have watched c-span over the course of 8 years and to watch these politicians is ludicrous. Heavens to bid they should agree and do the right thing for “we the people”.