After nearly three years into Obama’s term, the administration is finally taking ownership of the economy.
Since his inauguration, Barack Obama has blamed George Bush for practically everything. A CBS poll shows that 26 percent still blame Bush for the economy, but Vice President Biden made it clear Thursday the Obama administration is in charge.
“Right now, we are the ones in charge, and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough,” Biden told public radio station WLRN Thursday.
Biden said Americans have “good reason to be upset” because they lost jobs because of the recession, “something they didn’t have a thing to do with creating.”
He went on to say that while half blame Bush for the economy, “that’s not relevant.”
“What’s relevant is we’re in charge,” the Vice President said.
He continued: “…I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge. So they’re angry.”
Americans are not only angry, they do not trust government, nor do they trust this administration.
Biden told WLRN’s Phil Latzman it is “totally legitimate” for the 2012 presidential election to be “a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature and state of the economy.”
The Daily Caller’s Steven Nelson added that Biden’s statement was circulated by the conservative PAC American Crossroads Thursday afternoon, “expecting it will take Democratic campaign strategists by surprise.”
Andrew Stiles of the National Review Online wrote:
Republicans ought to be pretty pleased at the thought. Of course, if Biden really believes that, he might let President Obama know that he can stop blaming Bush in all of his recent speeches on the economy. And the Arab Spring. And the earthquake in Japan. And the European debt crisis. And…
ATM machines, the Internet and a “tough, messy democracy” have also been blamed by the President for his own failures.
Naturally, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to spin Biden’s words, claiming Biden said something different, according to Politico:
Does the president agree that this administration owns the blame for the economy? “That is not what the vice president said,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “He didn’t say the blame for it is owned.”
“He absolutely said most Americans want their elected officials in Washington to act to improve this situation,” Carney said. “As a matter of basic fact, they are in power and they are responsible for taking actions to improve the economy.”
Does Carney also believe the 2012 election is a referendum on the Obama Administration?
“What he said is that it’s legitimate and I think every elected official running for office in 2012 will run on his or her record,” Carney explained. “It’s more than that, but yes.”
If you like this article, you can follow Joe on Twitter @jnewby1956, visit his Facebook page, or click the Subscribe button to receive email updates when a new article is published.