Saturday, January 23, 2010

Then and now

Then, in The Nation, the leading liberal opinion journal, 10/1/04:

Whiner-in-Chief - It appears that George W. Bush is tired of being president . . . Whenever the discussion turned to questions about his management of the occupation of Iraq, Bush said, "It's hard work." Why didn't he anticipate the disaster? "It's hard work." Considering the mounting death toll, was the Iraq invasion worth it? "It's hard work." By the end of the night, the sullen president had repeated the "hard work" line at least nine times.

Now, in USA Today, 1/22/10:

Obama said he had "no illusions" and knew that health care reform would be hard. . . . And he pledges to keep working: "I'm not going to walk away just because it's hard."

Another "whiner in chief"? You would think Obama would avoid Bush's self pitying rhetoric.

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