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Posted: Sunday, February 7, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 1:51 pm, Tue Apr 27, 2010.

Barack Obama is setting a record-setting number of records during his first year in office.

Largest budget ever. Largest deficit ever. Largest number of broken promises ever. Most self-serving speeches ever. Largest number of agenda-setting failures ever. Fastest dive in popularity ever.

Wow. Talk about change.

Just one year ago, fresh from his inauguration celebrations, President Obama was flying high. After one of the nation’s most inspiring political campaigns, the election of America’s first black president had captured the hopes and dreams of millions. To his devout followers, it was inconceivable that a year later his administration would be gripped in self-imposed crisis.

Of course, they don’t see it as self imposed. It’s all George Bush’s fault.

George Bush, who doesn’t have a vote in Congress and who no longer occupies the White House, is to blame for it all.

He broke Obama’s promise to put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them.

He broke Obama’s promise to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.

He broke Obama’s promise to end earmarks.

He broke Obama’s promise to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.

He broke Obama’s promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo in the first year.

He broke Obama’s promise to make peace with direct, no pre-condition talks with America’s most hate-filled enemies during his first year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation.

He broke Obama’s promise to end the hiring of former lobbyists into high White House jobs.

He broke Obama’s promise to end no-compete contracts with the government.

He broke Obama’s promise to disclose the names of all attendees at closed White House meetings.

He broke Obama’s promise for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters.

He broke Obama’s promise to have chosen a home church to attend Sunday services with his family by Easter of last year.

Yes, it’s all George Bush’s fault. President Obama is nothing more than a puppet in the never-ending, failed Bush administration.

If only George Bush wasn’t still in charge, all of President Obama’s problems would be solved. His promises would have been kept, the economy would be back on track, Iran would have stopped its work on developing a nuclear bomb and would be negotiating a peace treaty with Israel, North Korea would have ended its tyrannical regime, and integrity would have been restored to the federal government.

Oh, and did I mention what it would be like if the Democrats, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, didn’t have the heavy yoke of George Bush around their necks. There would be no earmarks, no closed-door drafting of bills, no increase in deficit spending, no special-interest influence (unions), no vote buying (Nebraska, Louisiana).

 If only George Bush wasn’t still in charge, we’d have real change by now.

All the broken promises, all the failed legislation and delay (health care reform, immigration reform) is not President Obama’s fault or the fault of the Democrat-controlled Congress. It’s all George Bush’s fault.

Take for example the decision of Eric Holder, the president’s attorney general, to hold terrorists’ trials in New York City. Or his decision to try the Christmas Day underpants bomber as a civilian.

Two disastrous decisions.

Certainly those were bad judgments based on poor advice from George Bush.

Need more proof?

You might recall that when Scott Brown won last month’s election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, capturing “the Ted Kennedy seat,” President Obama said that Brown’s victory was the result of the same voter anger that propelled Obama into office in 2008. People were still angry about George Bush and the policies of the past 10 years, and they wanted change.

Yes, according to the president, the voter rebellion in Massachusetts last month was George Bush’s fault.

Therefore, in retaliation, they elected a Republican to the Ted Kennedy seat, ending a half-century of domination by Democrats.

It is all George Bush’s fault.

Will the failed administration of George Bush ever end, and the time for hope and change ever arrive?

Will President Obama ever accept responsibility for something — anything?

Chuck Green, veteran Colorado journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Denver Post, syndicates a statewide column and is at

Welcome to the discussion.


  • reader posted at 11:12 pm on Thu, Oct 14, 2010.

    reader Posts: 9

    Nothing ChucK Green reports on suprises me any more. I believe he writes outlandish things purely to get a reaction from readers, thus proving to his boss that people take the time to read about his fake outrage. The majority of the time his facts are incorrect, but he never lets facts get in his way. He assumes his readers are not informed. I, for one,
    am not amused nor the least bit impressed with his miserable reporting style.

  • BlackRose posted at 6:03 am on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    BlackRose Posts: 2

    "Fastest dive in popularity ever." = FALSE
    You'll get an approval rating chart. Click on Truman, Ford, Reagan and Obama. Hover over any point in time, and you'll see how many days in office, and the percentage of approval.

    In Truman's first week, he was at 87%; in Ford's first week, he was at 71%; Reagan's first week was 51%; Obama's first week was 66%.

    At 28 days into it, their numbers were 87%, 66%, 60%, and 62% respectively. Reagan was the only one to have an increase.

    By day 100, some bounced back and some didn't. But notice how Ford was at 48%. Obama is still at roughly the same as it was in the beginning, at 65%.

    By day 150, we see a drastic drop for Ford, to 37%. There's also a major drop for Reagan - 59%, though still not lower than his first week. Obama drops a little bit to 59%.

    When we hit day 300, Ford is the only one above 50% (at 52%), while the rest are all sitting at 49%. Yep, even Reagan, who had a steady drop in approval after the first 100 days in office.

    But that's not all. By day 450, Obama ranks the HIGHEST out of these 4 at 48%. Truman is at the lowest with 33%. Ford gets 44% and Reagan (still not at his lowest) at 43%. Reagan will hit his lowest point (35%) in 1983, 2 years after taking office.

    If we look at current numbers, Truman was at 48%, Ford was at 47%, Obama is at 46%, and Reagan was at 42%. This is at 621 days in office, which is the latest report for Obama.

    As for the rest of the stuff on the link, I'll have to do more research. But just off the top of my head, the largest budget ever, I know that's incorrect. If they're comparing apples to oranges (today's dollar figures to the dollar figures of 50+ years ago), they're going to LOOK bigger. But if you compare the figures the way you should be, then I'm fairly certain that the budget during the depression of the 30's is larger.

    As for the deficit, they neglect to take into account that until Obama took office, it was G.W. Bush who held the title of the largest deficit ... which Obama INHERITED, along with 2 wars that weren't budgeted for, and huge tax cuts for the rich that add to the deficit.

  • BlackRose posted at 11:28 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    BlackRose Posts: 2

    As for all the promises that Obama hasn't been able to keep, maybe this nutbag writing the article thinks that Obama has a magic wand that he can just wave and make it all happen. Unfortunately, the idiot has a problem with his memory AND his ability to think logically. Obama has busted aѕѕ to make some major changes, DESPITE the "Party of NO" obstructing everything he's tried to do.

    "broke Obama’s promise for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters." ?? - Nobody is blaming Bush for that, we're blaming the hypocritical Repukes, who will stop at nothing to say "NO!" to anything that Obama tries to do, even when those same Repukes are the ones that came up with the idea(s) in the first place!!

    Yes, Bush is to blame for the outrageous deficit, budget and unemployment, because he spent 8 years totally screwing up our country financially. No sane, logical person would expect those problems to A) not get worse before they get better, and B) clear up instantly. Cleaning up the mess that Bush made is going to take a long time ... longer if those same Repukes that backed Bush's ideas originally keep obstructing the very things that will help to repair our country.

  • shakingmydamnhead posted at 7:43 am on Wed, Sep 15, 2010.

    shakingmydamnhead Posts: 0

    Welp, a decade of risky investments after Glass Steagall was repealed and 30 years of growing income inequality driving down savings and driving up loans: It's Obama's fault he can't fix that in the 13 months from inauguration to the day Chuck penned this mindless whine.Chuck is apparently like most American voters in that he has the memory of a damned goldfish.

  • Ruler4You posted at 9:42 pm on Sat, Jul 17, 2010.

    Ruler4You Posts: 0

    I guess by this standard the fiscal 'success' of B.J.Clinton was the result of the previous administrations policies, George H.W.Bush.

  • oldcorps posted at 6:56 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.

    oldcorps Posts: 0

    Wow Bush has been busy as hell. Who knew he did all that. If this is the case why are we paying the anointed one his salary. By the way BHO did NOTHING in Nashville, NOTHING in Arkansas and typically is doing NOTHING in New Orleans. Does this mean we'd like Bush back?


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