- Nov 29, 2003
Great postWelcome back to the political arena. I caught your speech Friday, you can still read a teleprompter like nobody’s business. Your attacks on Republicans were red meat for your base, which was your goal. Thankfully, they are hungry because President Trump stands on the verge of getting a second Supreme Court justice confirmed. (Do you wake up in the middle of the night screaming, “Merrick Garland!” like so many of your fans do? I kind of hope so.)
And I don’t begrudge your breaking with tradition of former Presidents not criticizing their successors. You spent 8 years in office whining about your predecessor, why should we expect anything different in the other end of those 8 years of awful?
I do, however, have a couple of bones to pick with your speech. It shouldn’t be surprising, you were a horrible president, so when you feed your obviously hungry ego people are bound to take issue with it.
You keep trying to claim credit for the economy. This is clearly a sore spot with you, and I understand why. The economy under your administration was sluggish, awful, really. So much so that your sycophantic media minions tried to convince the public that 2 percent growth was “the new normal” in an attempt to make your failure look like a success, like the best we could expect going forward. And they did a good job of it.
There are people who couldn’t find work under your administration who are now working. We both know you didn’t have anything to do with it, but you’ve got to sleep, right? Your legacy can’t just be flowery speeches, stagnation, and a Middle East in disarray. I mean, it is, but you can’t say that. You’ve got a library/monument to yourself to build, and you don’t want a Libya wing.
So you have to belittle the guy who brought about some of the lowest unemployment in generations, lowest black and Hispanic unemployment ever, and spurred economic growth that makes your two terms look like a soiled diaper. I don’t blame you.
Your line about how the economic recovery started under your administration was cute, and it played well with the drooling audience. You knew you were safe in saying that because journalists, who just can’t quit you, weren’t going to report how while the growth rate in 2015 was 2.9 percent (so close to 3 percent, but you just couldn’t get there, could you?), the rate the following year lost nearly 50 percent of that, a pathetic 1.6 percent. When you know the downward trajectory you’d created wasn’t going to be reported, you can say things like you did.
Again, I don’t blame you. I’d be embarrassed of your economic record too.
I do, however, take issue with you claims of Republicans being responsible for the division in the country. Like when you said President Trump was “just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years,” you were implying complicity for yourself, right? Aside from the fact that people will always disagree about politics, I seem to recall your administration and media cronies declaring everyone who dared hold a contrary opinion from you to be a racist, in one form or another. And I don’t remember you saying much about it. Considering you claimed to have learned about the scandals in your administration from the media, I’d assume you would have noticed those stories too. Unless you were lying. But you wouldn’t do that, right?