Not that I'm saying I'm not completely annoyed by the entire political arena as a whole. But for the last 8 years the dems dished everything they could at the other side. I think it is a little hypocritical of them to now cry "hey guys we are all in this together." So I say let them reap what they sowed, if anyone needs me I'll be moving to New Zealand. :)
Eh, I don't know about that, Alex. First of all, the anti-Bush movement was not nearly as organized (Tea Parties? Disrupting town hall meetings on health care?) or as vicious (Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly calling the president a racist? When Kanye called Bush a racist over Katrina, I do seem to remember him catching a lot of heat for it, and that was just when a RAPPER said something that extreme, much less two people with the highest rated cable news programs in the country) as our current political climate. The general disrespect for the office of the president has grown exponentially through the Clinton and Bush II years, and now I don't think anyone can deny that Obama has it the worst. Honestly - had it been Bush who failed to get the Olympics for Austin, say, or Bush who had somehow managed to win the Nobel Peace Prize, I don't think you would have seen anyone but the most *extreme* liberals cheering his failure and booing his success. Granted, a lot of people disliked Bush, but no one carried AK-47s into his speeches. And try this one on for size - Bush basically had a free pass from inauguration day until the build up toward the Iraq war. It was only after he failed and screwed up repeatedly (Iraq, immigration reform, FEMA, Scooter Libby, the refusal to implement Kyoto, torture, Guantanamo, warrantless wiretaps, the economic meltdown, the mudslinging on both sides during the 2004 election) that you saw the worst of the contempt for him. Contrast that with Obama, who hasn't even been given the chance to fail. (As SNL put it so succintly last night, the man hasn't DONE ANYTHING yet.) Yet people have hated him since before he was sworn in. When you get down to it, I don't think it's fair to say that because people got sick of an incompetent president over the course of 8 very long years that those same people can't at least make an appeal to give the new guy a chance for the first nine months.
(For further explanation of my position:http://andthenshewaslikeblahblahblah.blogspot.com/2009/06/where-were-you-when.html)
Well without getting into the nitty gritty of every time someone with some sort of ability to broadcast their ideas to a large number of people said something bad about the President (because that would be a full-time job that I think should pay $100,000 a year and someone should offer me to do). This is the way I look at the whole situation.1) The republicans started it. They did. Clinton was popular, the tech boom was keeping the economy pumping... they had nothing they could really peg the guy with besides his question character and taste in women... so they ran with it.2) The democrats saw how it worked with Clinton, and so they started up with Bush while he was popular, and it became mainstream as his popularity slid.3) Like any good business, the right wing talk shows took what they saw from the dems, and figured out how to make a lot of money doing it.... and that is where we are today :)
Oh. And as an aside. We all knew the right winger's were going to bad mouth him from day one. The reason I see for why the criticism is getting more main stream and not just from the far sides I think has to do with the unrealistic expectations that were created from the get go. John McCain said it best when he said "Messiah is above my pay grade."