Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Official Obama White House Web Site Debuts with Partisan Bush Attacks

So much for the examples of class and good wishes extended at every opportunity by President Bush!

It won't come as any surprise that the examples of generous, graceful good wishes President Bush showered at every opportunity on the incoming Obama Administration had no effect whatsoever.

After all, we saw that from the top down, Obama's swipe at Bush in an interview last Friday was followed by Rahm Emanuel, now White House Chief of Staff, using the phrase "last eight years" as a pretext to excuse whatever missteps Obama might make.

Then of course we heard the booing of President Bush by Obama supporters at the Inaugural along with the chants of "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye."

White House Web Site Becomes Partisan Hit Sheet


side by side comparisons of class vs. crass

So it shouldn't be a further surprise to see that the White House web site, which switched over to Obama worship at 12:01 PM EST Tuesday is also infected with the same kind of partisan cheap shots at President Bush that pervades the minds of Obama supporters who have spent years hating the man.

The White House web site which under President Bush had only kind words for Obama and countless examples of the efforts the Bush's were making to help smooth the transition to the new Administration is now contaminated with a nasty partisan stench.

Items such as these leap out:

Under a section labeled "The Agenda: Additional Issues, Katrina"
President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.

President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration's "unconscionable ineptitude" in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims.
"President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina?" Really? You mean the man who had been in the U.S. Senate less than a year when Katrina blew ashore? You want to compare his response to Hurricane Katrina to the President who directed efforts to rescue 30,000 people off roof tops because the Mayor of New Orleans (DEMOCRAT) and the Governor of Louisiana(DEMOCRAT) failed to follow their own disaster plans?

Then this:
Reverse Tax Cuts for the Wealthy: Obama and Biden will protect tax cuts for poor and middle class families, but they will reverse most of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers.
More partisan campaign rhetoric that has no place on a U.S. Government web site. Should we also remind Obama and friends of the many Democrats who also voted for those tax cuts?

There Ought to be a Law!

One of the first things I was told upon arriving in the White House Political Office to work for President Reagan in 1988 were the rules required by the Hatch Act that prohibit the use of taxpayer funded facilities for partisan political purposes. It's a big no-no. Those rules applied to everyone working at the White House and in every federal agency. They went so far as to preclude President Reagan from making overly partisan remarks at campaign stops for then Vice President George Bush even on trips that were paid for with campaign funds.

Put aside for a moment possible violations of the Hatch Act. What's worse still is that Barack Hussein Obama's first official act was to proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation. And yet the very web site on which that proclamation was announced is laced with the nasty partisan tone which Obama swore it was his duty to overcome.

That's not what I call a good start in the hope and change department!

So much for the honeymoon!

Hat tip to Aye Chihuahua

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