Absolutely amazing. It is hard to fathom the sheer hypocrisy from those on the left. I remember the days leading up to the inauguration of George W. Bush, and the insults and bashing that liberals had already started hurdling at the then president-elect. 8 years later we conservatives were told to temper our criticism, to give the "new president a chance". Rush Limbaugh was skewered in the media for hoping Obama's liberal agenda fails. I was personally told that it was unfair to bash a president before he took office.
Who are these liberal yahoos kidding? Are they serious? Have they forgotten their behavior from 8 years ago? Surely they are not trying to claim the moral high ground on this topic.
Here are a sampling of things I heard personally before Bush took office:
"He stole the election."
"He is stupid!"
"He wants to force his religious beliefs on us."
"I hope he is killed."
Here is an example of the how President Bush was handled by the media while still "president-elect":
Warnings by President-Elect (Bush) On Economy Worry Democrats
Notice this part: "Mr. Bush appeared to be emphasizing the threat of a possible recession, meanwhile, as a way to lay political blame for future problems on the administration of President Bill Clinton."
See what they did here? They made a claim but no where in the article is there a single quote by Bush to back this up. In fact, the article actually says that Bush didn't comment! "In his meeting Tuesday with Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton said he thought a recession — which economists define as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth — was unlikely. Mr. Bush declined to comment."
Contrast that with nary a peep from the mainstream media about the 2,000 point drop that occurred between Obama's election and his first month in office. If not for conservative talk radio and blogs no one would have even mentioned it.
Further, look at how the media handled the definition of recession in the above quote. Now compared that to the media's handling of the definition of a recession in late 2007, coincidentally timed with the run-up to the presidential campaign:
It's official: We're in a recession
The most interesting part is here: "The usual indicator of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country's gross domestic product.
NBER however defines a recession as a “significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in production, employment, real income, and other indicators.”"
Hmm, where was that alternate definition in Clinton's final year in office?Also, here is another recent example of the difference in how the media handles Obama compared to how they handled Bush:
Bush Blunders, Media Thunders - Obama Stumbles, Media Mumbles
And finally, Obama uses Special Olympians to bash his own bowling game on Leno:
Where was the media outrage? How about this:
Arlen Grossman: Obama's Special Olympics remark not hurtful
Interesting quote: "My thoughts were completely different: "Hey, that's funny," I thought. "This guy has a sense of humor.""
By the way, that quote is from a supposed special education teacher? Do you think he would be saying that if Bush had been the one to make the comment?
Liberal bias in the media is nothing new. You need to look no further than Dan Rather making up memos to bash Bush for evidence of bias. The fact that the media is so unabashed about their bias is what galls me. Yet Obama has the audacity to bash Fox News, the only unbiased news source we have right now, for being biased because they actual criticize him when he is worthy of the criticism.
I am not sure I can take 4 more years of this stuff.