Olbermann: ‘Mr. President, you are wrong’

A “Special Comment” from Countdown with Keith Olbermann, April 16, 2009:

From Countdown:

As promised, a Special Comment now on the president’s revelation of the remainder of this nightmare of Bush Administration torture memos. This President has gone where few before him, dared. The dirty laundry — illegal, un-American, self-defeating, self-destroying — is out for all to see.

Mr. Obama deserves our praise and our thanks for that. And yet he has gone but half-way. And, in this case, in far too many respects, half the distance is worse than standing still. Today, Mr. President, in acknowledging these science-fiction-like documents, you said that:

“This is a time for reflection, not retribution. I respect the strong views and emotions that these issues evoke.”

“We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history.

“But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

Mr. President, you are wrong. What you describe would be not “spent energy” but catharsis.
Not “blame laid,” but responsibility ascribed. You continued:

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77 Days In Office – The Right Wing Claim Obama Most Damaging President

I found an op-ed at MichNews.com that was just over the top.  Lynn Stuter, a guest contributor,  it putting all the blame for everything on President Obama.  To hear her tell it, he is going to be our ruination.  Ms. Stuter just goes straight for the jugular in her opening statement about President Obama.

The United States of America lays in shambles. In 77 days since usurping the Oval Office, the Also Known As (AKA) Obama Administration has done more damage to this nation than any president before him.

First off, the definition of usurping is, to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right.  If there was some kind of brilliantly executed coup, we would have heard about it.  However, I distinctly remember on November 4th, Obama won, fair and square, the election for President of the United States.  I don’t know where Lynn was, but she missed the party of the decade.  She further states that:

In that short time-frame, AKA …

· has signed into law legislation that will, in one year, put this nation $1.8 trillion further into the hole, bearing in mind that the total deficit spending of the Bush Administration, in eight years, was $400 billion!

Where to begin, I’ll start with Bill Clinton, who enacted a bill to cut the deficit.  That bill contributed to dramatic decline of the budget deficit in the years following its enactment–in 1998, for the first time since 1969, the nation achieved a budget surplus.

The economy continued to grow, and in February 2000 it broke the record for the longest uninterrupted economic expansion in U.S. history—lasting ten years. In the year 2000, the nation was on track to be debt free for the first time since 1835.  The surplus in fiscal year 2000 was $237 billion—the third consecutive surplus and the largest surplus ever.

George Bush was left with a deficit cutting plan that was working, instead he decided in 2001, to give a $1.35 trillion tax cut program—one of the largest tax cuts in U.S. history.  Oh No, he wasn’t going to use it to pay down the deficit, instead Bush had a town hall meeting where he announced, “the surplus is not the government’s money. The surplus is the people’s money.”  This was a mistake that cost this country dearly.

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