Isn't it about time to end this "get Bush" thing?
First it was the web site, then the "no torture" Executive Orders (as if Bush was pulling out thumbs left and right). Now we have proclamations against signing statements (unless needed) and the bizarre follow-up phone call to the NY Times on the socialist question.
Even when he retains a Bush policy it's the new and improved not-a-Bush policy that's still a Bush policy. And that's only because Bush stupidly appointed subordinates who craftily righted the wrongs behind his back so Obama wouldn't have to, or something.
It's as if he doesn't really believe he's actually president yet and feels the need to keep hammering away towards victory. Or could it be the goal is a bit more sinister, perhaps to completely destroy the opposition before moving on to the real agenda (rule Number 8)? Whatever the case it doesn't have a very presidential feel.
The entire premise of the mulligan reply was to remind the Times that it was Bush who started the bank bailout train rolling last fall and, by the way, who also passed prescription drug benefits, which of course completely disregards Obama's own vote on expanding medicare and his vocal advocacy for the Paulson bailout. Yet somehow W's the socialist (that is, when he wasn't being a fascist). Does he not realize he's currently doubling down on the very same stuff he's using to condemn Bush?
If this wasn't so serious it would remind me of the Red State episode where Stephanopolous calls Obama a Muslim. And don't call him a socialist, either, George. He's a share-the-wealth progressive anti-Republican something or other.