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Obama: Bush Lite -or- Abiding Genius

Scott on February 25, 2009 at 10:50 am

Jonah Goldberg in National Review Online writes “Obama Finds Bush Center.”  In it he points out how, in many respects, Obama is basically walking in Bush’s foot steps but that Obama supporters are trying to make it seem that THE ONE (Obama) moves in mysterious ways.  Among other things he says:

- Obama…”has kept President Bush’s defense secretary and appointed a secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who voted for the war. His vice president, Joe Biden, also voted for the war.”

- Obama…”has ordered that his predecessor’s rendition policies remain largely intact, even to the point of using the “state secrets” privilege to block a rendition lawsuit.”

- Obama…”defends the Bush policy of imprisoning, without trial, enemy combatants captured abroad. Obama’s lawyers argued in a court case brought by Afghan prisoners…that the ‘government adheres to its previously articulated position’ — the one articulated by those evil Bush lawyers.”

- “A new Pentagon study commissioned by Obama has found that the prison at Guantanamo Bay meets the standards of the Geneva Conventions.”

- Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan…”has decided that Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act should be retained and moderately reformed. His boldest suggestion so far? “Let’s rebrand it. Give it a new name.”

BUT how do Obama’s die-hard accolytes and breathless supporters explain Obama’s inexplicable decisions?  Easy.  It all comes down to this – The OBAMA moves in mysterious ways…

“Mr. Obama is like a championship chess player, always several moves ahead of friend and foe alike,” explained New York Times columnist Bob Herbert. Translation: The One may move in mysterious ways, but that’s no reason to doubt him.

Self-described conservatives who supported Obama in the election have made a similarly non-falsifiable argument about his qualifications (given that his record was patently unconservative): He simply has a superior presidential “temperament.”

So maybe at his next news conference, President Obama will walk on water.  Or at his first State of the Union Address, perhaps he’ll feed the combined members of Congress with a few loaves and a couple fish.

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