Thursday, May 21, 2009

30% of Obama's "Focus on the Future" Speech Refers to Bush Administration

In his speech at the National Archives this morning, President Obama stated unequivocally, "I say that we need to focus on the future. I recognize that many still have a strong desire to focus on the past."

It seems Obama falls into the latter group.
  • Almost 1 of every 3 paragraphs had some reference to the Bush administration
  • 5 specific mentions of George w. Bush
  • 5 uses of the phrase "the last eight years"
  • 3 references to events 7 years ago
  • 1 specific mention of the "previous administration"
One paragraph stands out in particular that illustrate Obama's unfaltering ability to "focus on the future."
Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. And I believe that those decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that - too often - our government made decisions based upon fear rather than foresight, and all too often trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, we too often set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And in this season of fear, too many of us - Democrats and Republicans; politicians, journalists and citizens - fell silent.
He went on to say
I understand that it is no secret that there is a tendency in Washington to spend our time pointing fingers at one another.
But don't worry Obama's above all of that.

So precisely what group is focused on the past because Obama should be the keynote speaker at their next meeting.


  1. "Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions."

    An "uncertain" threat? Oh, you mean just because 3K people died in a terrorist attack, that was not enough evidence that we were threatened? How about all those Iranians and others celebrating in the streets?

    I'll bet he couldn't articulate which decisions were "hasty" and what evidence he has of it.

    Let's live in the present, though. Congress passed a cripplingly-bloated budget without reading it. Who was "hasty"?

    What about closing Gitmo - didn't Gibbs say that decision was "hasty"?

    What about getting us trillions of dollars in debt before the ink was dry on the budget? Wasn't that a bit "hasty"?

    What about these billions of dollars of stimulus money given out with no clear plan...doesn't he think that was a bit hasty?

    This is just too much fun. I feel a blog post coming on!

  2. I don't think I've ever seen so much leadership looking behind.