President Obama on Thursday twisted the knife he’d stuck in his predecessor’s legacy, reminding former President George W. Bush that he left the economy a mess and al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden alive when he left the White House three years ago.
“The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time,” Obama told a crowd of mostly former Bush administration officials and members of the Bush family, including Bush’s parents, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush.
“We knew our economy was in trouble, our fellow Americans were in pain, but we wouldn’t know until later just how breathtaking the financial crisis had been,” Obama continued, raising some eyebrows among the Bush crowd seated just a few feet away.
Awful, classless, and tactless. Obama acts like a petulant child far too often. Bush, to his credit showed class, and got in a couple of digs of his own.
A few minutes later, a grinning Bush took the podium and the friendly crowd erupted in loud applause, with some shouting and whistling for the former president.
“Behave yourselves,” Bush drawled playfully. Turning to first lady Michelle Obama, he said, “Madame First Lady, thank you so much for inviting our rowdy friends to my hanging.” The crowd again roared its approval.
Bush thanked the members of his administration who were in attendance and introduced his wife, former first lady Laura Bush.
“It is my privilege to introduce the greatest first lady ever,” he said, then paused to acknowledge his mother. “Sorry, Mom,” he quipped.
As for his portrait, Bush suggested to Obama that when he is “wandering” the White House halls wrestling with tough decisions, that he will “now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask, ‘What would George do?’ ” Obama laughed.
See the difference? Bush could have used the occasion to slam Obama for his horrid record on jobs, and the economy in general, or his record of insulting our allies, but, Bush has more class. Odd isn’t it? For all the Left’s disdain for Bush. For all their smearing him as a moron, and his “inartful” speech, it is their hero, President Obama, that displays no social or intellectual graces. What a great contrast. Two men, who have held the highest office in the world, one with class, and humility. The other with a petty, spiteful attitude more befitting an angry teenager who had their XBox taken away.