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Obama “Inherited” – 16,300 Times
Even today, this President continues to try and distance himself from the economic problems faced by America. Nothing is his fault. He bears no responsibility. He “Inherited” this mess. In fact, if you had gone to the White House web-site at 10:45am EST, on March 21, 2012, and in the search box, entered the word “inherited.” This would have been your result:
Results 1-10 of about 16,300 for ‘”inherited”[i]
In his remarks to a Joint Session of Congress on Feb 24, 2009, he used the word three times and those of us who have listened to him, have heard it on many other occasions. To be fair, these were not all his own speeches, but they all came from the White House. Since it would take far too long to search each of the 16,300 uses of the word “Inherited,” I’ll stipulate that he could have used the word in other contexts – but, even if we generously allow that this happened in 1,000 cases, that still leaves 15,300 times in which the word was used once or more to describe his plight as the 44th President of the U.S. and his absolute freedom from any responsibility for our current economic conditions.
Although he still uses “inherited,” to point the finger at others, he has also learned to mix it up – now using the equally stunning “…for the last eight years….” and then again, to “….over the last decade.” Same message, but as he and Duval Patrick say; “Words Matter.”[ii]
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President Won’t Share Keys – Demands others Compromise
Sticking to the same divisive, partisan rhetoric he consistently uses on the American people, President Obama addressed members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on May 13, 2010, telling them:
“So after they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can’t drive! We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch! We just got the car out! We just got the car out!”[iii]
And here at the wheel is the President of “hope and change,” “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” His inspirational words no doubt enhanced the spirit of bipartisan cooperation – and this was when Democrats controlled both Houses. Does the President who was ready to meet with Ahmadinejad sound like he was ready to work cooperatively with Republicans?
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[i] Search Results on WH web-site for the word “Inherited.” Search made on Feb. 2, 2012 at http://search.whitehouse.gov/search?affiliate=wh&query=%22inherited%22&form_id=usasearch_box
[ii] Rachel Sklar,(February 19, 2008), The Huffington Post, Yes, You Can Borrow My Speech: Why Obama’s Lifted Words Matter, retrieved May 25, 2010 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/19/yes-you-can-borrow-my-spe_n_87382.html
[iii] President Barack Obama, (May 13, 2010), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President at DCCC Dinner, St. Regis Hotel, New York, retrieved December 18, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-dccc-dinner
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