It has been pretty much assumed among Republicans that Barack Obama will get a pass, or at least attempt to, for the next 4 years by blaming everything on George Bush. His latest attempt though doesn't stretch the boundaries, it shatters them into a million pieces.
According to this article, Obama is blaming the recently passed $410 million, pork laden, debt increasing budget on Bush. All emphasis mine.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will break a campaign pledge and sign a budget bill laden with millions in lawmakers' pet projects, administration officials said.
Administration budget chief Peter Orszag and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel both downplayed the $410 billion spending bill and signaled Obama would hold his nose and sign it. Orszag said: "We want to just move on. Let's get this bill done, get it into law and move forward.
Said Emanuel: "That's last year's business."
The House last week passed the measure that would keep the government running through Sept. 30, when the federal budget year ends. Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group, identified almost 8,600 specially sponsored projects totaling $7.7 billion; Democrats say the number is $3.8 billion.
Either way, it is far more than Obama promised as a candidate. He refused "earmarks" for the economic stimulus package he championed and a children's health bill.
He similiarly pledged to reject tailored budget requests that let lawmakers send money to their home states. Orszag said Obama would move ahead and overlook the time-tested tradition that lets officials divert millions at a time to pet projects.
"We want to make sure that earmarks are reduced and they're also transparent. We're going to work with the Congress on a set of reforms to achieve those," said Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Obama's top hands assigned responsibility to their predecessors and President George W. Bush.
Blaming Bush-era proposals for deficits, Obama wanted to set up his own budget that would start Oct. 1, which he proposed last week with a bold goal of cutting the deficit by half within his four-year term.
"First, this is a $1.7 trillion deficit he inherited. Let's be clear about that. We inherited this deficit and we inherited $4 trillion of new debt," Emanuel said. "That is the facts."
-Before and after the election the Democratic leadership in Congress signaled that they would leave legislation like this until the new President took office, assuming at the time it would be Obama.
-The Democratic leadership was saying back in December that they would work on a budget to have it ready for Obama to sign when he took office.
-This budget was passed last week, by a Democratic Congress, a month after Bush left office.
-It was signed by Barack Obama, a month after Bush left office.
-It is all Bush's fault.
Is everybody caught up now?
Finally while Bush has to own up to the $1.7 trillion deficit (although the generally accepted number is $1.3, but to these guys whats a few hundred billion here or there?), where the Hell did the $4trillion new debt come from? Maybe Obama's new spending? Which is naturally Bush's fault.
You can almost imagine a glass case in the Oval Office with a littler hammer. Imprinted on the glass is the message "In case of being questioned about your budget, break glass". Obama can then take out the digital recorder and replay the "It's all Bush's fault" recording.