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You’d think that once the primaries disposed off, Obama & comp would stop with the blame Clinton already.

But not when they are in defensive mode. Faced with accusations that they provide perks for donors, their first defense is

Democratic and White House officials shrugged off the documents as part of normal “donor maintenance” (oh, what a concept!) that does not provide contributors with any quid pro quo. And they insisted that current donors are getting fewer perks than they did during Bill Clinton’s term, when nights in the Lincoln Bedroom became controversial.

Which is a great defense considering that once the big clamor to get the list of guests who slept in the Lincoln bedroom, no connection with actual donors  was found – so the story eventually died of lack of air – not that anyone retracted or apologized. In fact, it was W who lavished influence on his donors – even if the media duly covered it up.

Which makes this other story a study in hypocrisy

When does a President stop blaming his predecessor and start taking responsibility for his own actions? To be fair, that has been an eternal question in the American context, but it does seem as though Barack Obama has a crutch that he refuses to put aside. Economy? Blame Bush! Media? Blame Bush! Afghanistan?

I have to laugh – as throughout the first term, W never ceased blaming “his predecessor”. They even tried to move the date the recession started from March 2001 to March 2000 for this purpose. So, whiny as it makes Obama look, it’s a bit karmic too. Until of course, he joins the “blame Clinton” chorus.

Amazingly, Valerie Jarett, speaking for the White House promised us that “they” are going to be speaking truth to power.

After the Freudian slip in the video at the link at 0:50

we have to disseminate“…we have to distinguish between truth and….

at mark 1:23 she said:

The administration said clearly: we are going to speak truth to power”

In all fairness one cannot reproach Obama & comp for lack of comprehension – it’s not like they ever did that – in their political life.

let’s just go to today’s example in cowardice:

Chuck Todd: White House Didn’t Really Tell Reid Not To Come Crying To Us

This is the latest denial in the healthcare game. The apparent quote the WH mouthpiece hurled on MSNBC is retracted, but the friendly commenter has to conclude:

It’s also worth adding that the jury is still out on whether the White House will lend a hand getting the opt-out to 60 votes if Reid’s team signals a need for the White House’s assistance.

Truth to power indeed.

In the same vein, the first mayoral debate actually broadcasted in NYC, Bloomberg defined middle class as “people who go to work and take public transportation”

Later, when asked about people calling him “out of touch” – he said: “that’s not what I hear when I take the subway or read my e-mail”

See? Touching commoners AND middle class.

Not Your Sweetie

October 2009