What a study in contrasts, George W. Bush, and Barack Hussein Obama, particularly when it comes to the issue of leadership.
In simple terms, if you work for Obama, you can be sure that at some point he will sell you down the river and disown you when the going gets tough, whereas if you work for Bush, he will stand by you (and his own decisions) in tough circumstances.
This came to mind with the news this week of the Senate’s intended expose on CIA interrogation methods in the years after 9/11 (emphasis added).
The report is said to assert that the C.I.A. misled Mr. Bush and his White House about the nature, extent and results of brutal techniques like waterboarding, and some of his former administration officials privately suggested seizing on that to distance themselves from the controversial program, according to people involved in the discussion. But Mr. Bush and his closest advisers decided that “we’re going to want to stand behind these guys,” as one former official put it. <New York Times, link>
Wow, what a difference: instead of being a thin-skinned worm and ducking responsibility by saying “Boo hoo, the CIA misled me..”, President Bush is going full-tilt the other way and standing together with the people who served him and their country in a time of war.
Said Mr. Bush:
We’re fortunate to have men and women who work hard at the C.I.A. serving on our behalf. These are patriots and whatever the report says, if it diminishes their contributions to our country, it is way off base.
Now that is what leadership sounds like.
Let’s take a tour of how Barack Obama handles things when his policies come under fire.
On the now-legendary Hinderberg-like rollout of healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website that cost nearly $1 billion and yet crashed and burned (and, by the way, it is STILL NOT FIXED):
Kathleen Sebelius said President Barack Obama didn’t hear that there may be problems with the sign-up portal for his signature health care law until it went live on October 1. That’s when the site nosedived into a technical abyss. <CNN, link>
Way to go, Kathleen — you carried out that lie beautifully, at your own terrible expense. Nice boss you had there!
IRS Targeting of Republican Groups
President Obama insisted Thursday that he knew nothing about the internal investigation into the IRS’ practice of singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny before it was made public, as he moved to name a new director for the embattled agency. <Fox News, link>
I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the (inspector general) report..
Hey, mr. Obama, we believe you, yes we do.
President Barack Obama was unaware of the National Security Agency’s spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders until the operation was discovered through an internal administration review, The Wall Street Journal reported. <The Blaze, link>
Isn’t it amazing how little mr. Obama knows about what his staff is up to? But of course he does know, and by pretending not to, he shows no connection to his team in any way, shape, or form, and stands as a man apart from not just his loyal lieutenants but from this entire nation.