Think Progress is having a moment this morning with this particular article. I also think that TP may not understand how many middle of the road Americans were incensed with George Bush and all the shenanigans surrounding 9.11 and the Patriot Act. It’s been decades since we had a real ‘American’ president.
The tea party movement is staunchly opposed to big government and deficits, but right-wing activists and their supporters have been unable to explain awaythe fact that former President Bush, not their nemesis President Obama, is responsible for the majority of the current deficit, not to mention the greatly expanded size of the federal government. Fox News host Glenn Beck offered a convenient explanation on his radio show today — Bush is a “progressive,” just like Obama:
BECK: What has [Obama] done that is different? I think he’s done exactly what George Bush was doing, except to the times of a thousand. I mean we’re talking about a progressive. And George Bush was a progressive. It’s the difference between a steam train and the space shuttle.
Beck’s posit is a ‘convenient explanation’?
What about this event from 1.30.2010:
The White House described it as a social call, but feel free to speculate. Jeb Bush’s presence was unexpected — the White House hadn’t said anything about him being invited. It’s all very… bipartisan.
The Bushes were at the White House for just over a half-hour, emerging in a driving snow that over the next few hours will blanket the capital with several inches of fluff.
“Good meeting, good meeting,” the elder Bush, 85 and walking with a cane, said in response to a question called out by a reporter.
This may seem like a silly post, but out-of-the-ordinary events, especially Obama meeting with “progressive” GOP operatives, will always make one eyebrow go up. Don’t think Bush 41 is a progressive? What about a ‘New World Order’?