President Obama keeps reminding us that it's not his fault. Again today at a police acadamy graduation in Ohio, he said, "We inherited a big mess." It seems to be his favorite line.
It is, after all, George Bush's recession, right? Sure, some of the pieces were put into motion long before W took office, but he didn't do anything to correct the developing sub-prime mess or the impending housing market collapse that triggered this recession. So, most of the blame should rightfully be placed squarely on Bush's shoulders.
Most of it.
But shouldn't others share some of the blame? What about Congress? What about the Clinton administration where it all started?
President Obama was a U.S. Senator for four years before being elected President. (Even if he did spend most of that time campaigning for his new job). And Joe Biden served in the Senate for 36 years.
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff, was a senior advisor to Bill Clinton and then worked as an investment banker. Hmmm.
Obama's Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, besides being a tax cheat, worked in the Treasury Department under Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin during the Clinton administration.
Eric Holder, Obama's Attorney General, served as Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton and was deeply involved in Clinton's controversial pardon of Marc Rich.
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, a U.S. Senator for eight years and First Lady during the Clinton administration.
So when President Obama says "we" inherited a big mess, just exactly who is he referring to?