I have spoken about a phenomenon lately, in which I believe that many Republican attacks on Obama in fact have nothing to do with Obama, but are rather attempts to whitewash the performance of the Bush administration, by (falsely, of course) accusing him of the same failures and dishonesty that were the mainstay of Bush and Cheney. Here are some excerpts from a classic example of this, an article from Renew America called "Who Commands Obama?"
"Lots of people today have little or no confidence in the leadership abilities of Barack Obama. Everyone has been asking, who's running the show? — while Obama is out running around the country, still in campaign mode and making speeches. Who is giving orders to Obama while he is out playing front man? Whose policies are really being implemented in Washington?
Who is setting the agenda? We have to look at who supported and funded the Obama campaign."
Which is, of course, exactly what went on with George W. Bush, who was nothing but a tool of the hyper-rich who put him in the White House; it is, however, patently false about Obama.
"It is foreign investors. It's the World Bank. It's the IMF (International Monetary Fund). It's the Federal Reserve bank. It's Ban Ki-moon and the UN. It is the European Union. It is the Skull & Bones Society and the Bilderberg group. It is even King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians to some extent."
Aha! It's foreign investors and the IMF and the Saudis- i.e. the hyper-rich and the oil guys. Again, as I hardly need point out, these accusations were manifestly true about Bush and Cheney, and are ludicrous when applied to Obama.
And, Skull and Bones, of which Obama was not even a member, but, notoriously, Bush was.
"He doesn't know squat about running this country..."
Once again, so painfully true about Bush, so ridiculous when applied to Obama.
"Although Obama was not brought into the Skull & Bones Society at Harvard University, he has connections to the group as well as close connections to the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign relations through his wife, Michelle, and close associates."
Perhaps Obama was not brought into Skull and Bones at Harvard University, because Skull and Bones only exists at Yale University. And now we are down to the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations...Oh well, back to the subject, before we are overwhelmed with wingnut lunacy.
"Obama is currently one component but will never rise to a more powerful position in the cabal once he is out of office. He is being used like a puppet to promote their goals."
An exact description of Bush: an ignorant, willing puppet.
"99% of what Obama says publicly is scripted by his staff and speech writers. You don't think he actually writes his own speeches do you?"
Well, actually, like Bill Clinton before him, he is very involved in what he says publicly. Bush, on the other side, as you may remember, inevitably committed huge gaffes whenever he strayed, for even a couple of sentences, from prepared remarks.
" He depends on others to put words in his mouth. In his own words, he is a "blank canvas" for other to project their thoughts onto. Or to put it another way, an empty suit.
This is a result of the man having no core principles compatible with the American people. Were he to express his own views — as he did to Joe the Plumber — he would be rejected by the vast majority of the American people."
I need hardly state, at this point, how accurately describes Bush and Cheney, and how utterly false it is when applied to Obama. As an aside, let me note the idiocy in suggesting that speaking the truth to Joe the Plumber would cause him to be rejected by the American people when, after he had done so, he was elected by a landslide.
On the other side, if the American people could come to understand Bush's commitment to plundering their wealth on behalf of the rich, I think they might have had some reservations about him.
"So if you want to know who is commanding Obama, look no further than the special interests who financed his campaign..."
Enough already. The Republican party knows that there is no way on earth that they are going to convince that many people (teabaggers aside) that the one-party conservative rule of the Bush administration was anything but a gigantic, utter catastrophe. The only strategy left to them is to claim that the other guys are just as bad. Since this is monstrously false, they are left with nothing to do but spin an endless series of lies.