Exit, Pursued By History

How Bush treated Clinton and how Obama should handle Bush.

On the face of it, Obama might have less incentive to knock his predecessor off his presidential pedestal. Clinton ended his term with approval ratings in the sixties; even after Marc Rich outrage hardened into a season of Clinton fatigue, the public could compartmentalize tawdry behavior from competent presidential management. Bush, by contrast, is Mephistophelian in his unpopularity. Could some leaked post-inauguration allegation about his leaving the ... Full Story »

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Gary Clark
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by Gary Clark - Jan. 16, 2009

This speculative Op-Ed piece proposes that Obama should exploit every opportunity to contrast himself to the poor performance of the Bush regime. It recaps Clinton's exit, with Neo-Con rumors of stolen silverware, sabotaged offices, etc. suggesting Demos follow suit; "they ought to let every embarrassing detail out." It also implies a danger of Bush's image improving as time erases painful images of war, hurricanes, and fiscal fallout. It's interesting in a mean-spirited way but not very convincing policy advice.

I doubt that people will forget soon, and with congressional appproval ratings lower than Bush and Cheney the new administration needs support for, and participation in, a new modus operandi, not more of the political chicanery that has passed for government in the last 4 decades.

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James Staley
2.8
by James Staley - Jan. 14, 2009

This is a thoughtful op-ed piece. Like most op-eds, it is not well sourced, so evaluation rests on clarity of thought, writing style, cohesion and persuasion of arguments. A little too mean-spirited to persuade me, he did make a solid case that short-memory Americans need to see and be reminded of the Obama/Bush contrast for years to come.

Though generally a forgiving and future-oriented man, Obama would be wise to often contrast his policies and decisions with those of Bush/Cheney. Most Americans have short-memories and a challenged awareness of presidential decisions, policies and legislative initiatives, anyway. Obama's reminding and educating Americans of the Bush/Obama contrasts will not only make the voting populace generally more politically informed but will win him a second term.

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Kenneth Sibbett
4.0
by Kenneth Sibbett - Jan. 14, 2009

A nice article reminding us of the shameless start of Bush's first days. Lying about Clinton's people stealing furniture, gluing computer's so they would't work, and any other high school prank they could think of. And if you think about it, his whole Admin., was like that. Lie's, deceit, and illegal activities.Clinton left with better numbers when he left, and still has them. This won't happen to Bush.

While I hope Obama & co. conduct theirselfs with class while moving into the White House, I agree with the author, never hesitate to blame Bush when you can, after all, is it his at his doorstep, and always will be.

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