When he was president, Harry Truman famously had a little sign on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here.”
President Obama clearly does not have a similar sign on his. Thanks to our friends at the Washington Free Beacon, we can see where the President likes to direct the bucks flying at him: “the previous administration.”
At a recent press conference, the President was asked if he has second thoughts about pulling the troops out of Iraq and if it gives him pause about doing the same in Afghanistan.
What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government.
This statement could not be more false. The U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq was ordered by Obama – and it happened in 2011. In the 2012 debate against Mitt Romney, he asserted that it was the right thing to do. In other words, he’s now blaming Bush for something he once bragged about – after it’s been proven to be a bad decision.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when considering the President’s constant deflection to the “previous administration.” He’s been president for six-and-a-half years; it’s not as if he just got the job last month. Also, he campaigned for the job and made promises to find solutions, knowing full well the various issues facing the country.
Isn’t it time Obama started owning responsibility for his administration’s failures? It’s certainly time for him to stop blaming others for them.