Past Obama is Present Obama’s greatest enemy. Over and over again, Past Obama’s words and actions keep tripping up his future self.
Obama says what he means, and he means what he says. And what he means, what he always means, is that he needs to get through the next five minutes. Anything he says at any particular moment is in service of that one and only goal. If it directly contradicts anything he’s said before, or anything he says after, that’s your problem.
On the South Lawn of the White House today, after Obama explained why he had ordered the U.S. military to renew airstrikes in Iraq, a reporter asked Obama about his decision to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq.
“Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?” the reporter asked. “And does it give you pause as the U.S.–is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?”
“What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision,” Obama said…
It’s George Bush’s fault. Everything is.
So what if President Barack Obama takes all the credit when he thinks something is working, but accepts none of the blame when it fails? Objective reality is racist. Leave him alone, teabagger.
Update: At the time of this writing, the official White House page celebrating Obama’s huge victory in Iraq has not yet gone down the memory hole.