Pres­i­dent Blame­less

World’s most pow­er­ful man takes re­spon­si­bil­ity like a 5-year-old

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - By Char­lotte Hays

As ex­pected, Pres­i­dent Obama strode pur­pose­fully to the lectern at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami late last week and, solemnly sur­vey­ing the crowd, took re­spon­si­bil­ity for sky­rock­et­ing gaso­line prices that threaten our strug­gling re­cov­ery.

Of course, that is not quite the way it went down. Shortly be­fore the Florida speech, the Hill news­pa­per re­ported that the pres­i­dent was plan­ning to “move ag­gres­sively this week to de­flect blame for ris­ing gas prices.”

Mr. Obama de­flect­ing blame? You don’t say.

This must be the most blame-de­flect­ing White House in our na­tion’s his­tory. This is truly the Eddie Haskell pres­i­dency, so named af­ter the bratty “Leave It to Beaver” char­ac­ter who al­ways made a mess when adults’ backs were turned and then blamed Wally and the Beav.

For a while, Pres­i­dent Blame­less could shirk re­spon­si­bil­ity by point­ing fin­gers at his pre­de­ces­sor. That got old, though I can’t say in a hurry. As late as last July, the White House sought to prove that Dal­las res­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush was still re­spon­si­ble for all the na­tion’s bud­get trou­bles. At­lantic mag­a­zine blog­ger Me­gan Mcardle de­li­ciously char­ac­ter­ized this lame at­tempt at evad­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity as “The duck starts here.”

Mr. Obama’s ros­ter of the blame­wor­thy is quite eclec­tic: The Ja­panese tsunami, the Arab Spring up­ris­ings, the Euro­pean debt cri­sis and “bad luck” were fin­gered as causes of the bad econ­omy in a speech last sum­mer. Of course, Mr. Obama was re­spon­si­ble solely for fan­ci­ful suc­cesses. “We had reversed the re­ces­sion, avoided a de­pres­sion, got­ten the econ­omy mov­ing again,” the pres­i­dent re­marked be­fore ced­ing the stage to the tooth fairy.

When the pres­i­dent, in a sop to his en­vi­ron­men­tal base, killed the Key­stone XL pipe­line, which would have cre­ated thou­sands of jobs for U.S. cit­i­zens and brought us fuel from a friendly na­tion, that, too, was cast as the fault of the Repub­li­cans: They had had the au­dac­ity to try to force the pres­i­dent to make a timely decision.

In an­nounc­ing that he was scrap­ping the pipe­line, the pres­i­dent said the decision

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