DNC: Obama's Been Too Busy to Fix Economy

The president's been too busy to fix the economy during the first two years of his administration, but he's ready to get started now. That's the word from the head of the DNC, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.

Kaine: Well, Ed, he had a lot of things he had to do. You know, when he started as President we were in the midst of two wars, he stopped one of them. And we were also in the midst of the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression and he had to spend an awful lot of time stabilizing the financial system of the country so that it wouldn’t put us into a deeper tailspin. With that work done he now can focus specifically on increasing job production.

That comment about the president having stopped a war I find particularly irksome. I know, pushing phony storylines is a full time job in politics, but this lie is an egregious one.

“Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave (Iraq) by the end of next year,” Obama said Tuesday night in his prime-time televised speech. However, he did not give the Bush administration credit for “our agreement with the Iraqi government.”

Obama has done nothing to wind down the war in Iraq other than to follow the timeline set up by the Bush administration with the Iraqi government.

Obama said the official end of combat in Iraq fulfills his campaign promise to bring the war to a “responsible” end. But the vision for ending the war was laid out before Obama took office – in the Status of Forces Agreement.