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December 22, 2010 - 12:05 am
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“It’s not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies,” Barack Obama said when he attacked John McCain at a June 3, 2008, campaign speech in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“The American people can’t take four more years of John McCain’s Bush policies,” Obama said to voters in Indiana on October 8, 2008.

“You can’t change America,” said Joe Biden to a cheering crowd in Springfield, Illinois, on August 24, 2008, “when you know your first four years as president will look exactly like the last eight years of George Bush’s presidency.”

President Barack Obama won the hearts and votes of far too many American voters in 2008 by claiming to be for change and by handcuffing his political opponents to the policies of George W. Bush.

Fast forward to the present, and it seems that we are witnessing our young president doing one of the best George Bush impersonations since Rich Little impersonated Dubya himself on the Late Show with David Letterman.

If it wasn’t for the ears and a slight height difference, it would be nearly impossible to tell the two presidents apart. When Barack Obama came into office, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice predicted he would follow the policies of Bush’s second term. And he’s done exactly that. From political superstar to George W. Bush impersonator, Obama’s nightclub act has caused a significant portion of his former groupies to ask, “Will the real George W. Bush please stand up?”

Liberals once berated conservatives who defended our actions in Iraq with horrendous human rights abuse stories and by explaining that we were simply “liberating” Iraqis from the oppressive rape rooms of Saddam Hussein. Yet somehow, even groups like Code Pink are sounding a lot like Dick Cheney and Sean Hannity in justifying the military surge in the name of human rights in Afghanistan. Obama has simply transferred the U.S. troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.

“Obama will champion policies that get our economy moving and people working, instead of short-sighted tax-cuts for the rich that have failed to spark a recovery,” his campaign website boasted just a few short years ago. Just last week, President Barack Obama announced agreement with Republicans Monday night on a plan to extend expiring income tax cuts for all Americans, including the so-called “rich.”  ”We cannot allow this moment to pass,” Obama said earlier this month in a fervent plea for the very Bush tax cuts he once claimed were destroying the economy. He’s even stolen the credit and renamed them the “Obama tax cuts.” This, after being adamantly against extending the Bush tax cuts just three short months ago, and giving new meaning to the adage, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

Candidate Barack Obama ignorantly and repeatedly attacked President Bush with regard to setting up the prison at Guantanamo in the first place to house terrorists seized after 9/11, and continually attacked both Bush and the Republican candidates for president during the 2008 campaign for the continuing policy of housing terrorists there. Obama offered no alternatives but he promised change that would never come.

In August of 2007, candidate Obama promised to “close Guantanamo.” In January of 2009, a highly trumpeted promise to return America to the “moral high ground” was made as Obama issued three executive orders, one of which ordered Guantanamo Bay’s terrorist detainee facility closed within a year. It was not only a commitment, but an “understanding that dates back to our founding fathers,” he passionately read from the teleprompter.

In July of 2009, Obama gave a six month extension on the prison’s closing. January of 2010 came and went and Guantanamo Bay was not closed. In May of 2010, his own Armed Services Committee prohibited the opening of a detention facility within the United States. In June of 2010, Obama said that there were more “important national priorities” than closing Guantanamo Bay, and Gitmo remains open to this day, in spite of a U.S. Supreme Court which held such detentions unconstitutional without giving detainees access to U.S. courts. It appears that the “false choice between our safety and our ideals” wasn’t so false after all.

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