During a ceremony at the White House yesterday to hang a portrait of President George W. Bush, Obama was truly childish in his introduction. Meanwhile, George W. Bush was once again the epitome of class and what it means to be Presidential.
During the show, Pat told Glenn that he has been unable to locate the actual audio of Obama’s portion of the presentation. However Glenn, who had heard it, explained that Obama spent a lot of time commenting on the recession that began at the end of the Bush years (which Obama has yet to remedy) and how it was so much worse than anyone knew at the time.
That’s right folks, rather than praise a former President at one of the more public events that occur post-office, Obama took yet another opportunity to refuse to take ownership of the economy and blame it on a man who hasn’t been in office for almost four years.
Glenn called the comments “the most ungracious thing I’ve ever heard.”
On the other hand, Bush took to the podium in a gracious and light-hearted speech where he thanked the President and the First Lady for inviting he and his “rowdy” friends and family to the White House. Bush praised their hospitality, and took time to signal out the White House staff for making the building a home for him and his family for eight years.
“Well-spoken, and still very gracious,” Glenn said.
An article covering Obama’s remaks said:
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.
Obama stopped short of blaming Bush for the recession, something he has done repeatedly on the campaign trail.
Instead, Obama couched his remarks with praise of the former president, thanking Bush for going out of his way “in the middle of that crisis … to make sure that the transition to a new administration was as seamless as possible.”