Jon Stewart Obliterates the Right’s Comparisons of Obama to Bush

Stewart exposes the flaws in the right's self defeating argument

On The Daily Show last night host Jon Stewart deftly exposed the flaws in the conservative argument against Obama that everything he does is just like George W. Bush. Stewart said, “Remember that terrible thing that Bush did that we fought for eight years to convince you wasn’t bad, but actually good? Well now we use those very incidents as the low water mark for your guy…”

Here is the video from The Daily Show:

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After playing various clips of right wing pundits comparing Kagan to Harriet Miers, Stewart pretended to look her up and defined her as, “Harriet Miers: Former Bush crony, Supreme Court nominated and quickly withdrawn, name now synonomous with intellectual heft and reckless nominating.” After playing a clip of Bay Buchanan saying the difference between Kagan and Miers is, “Ivy League.” Stewart drew the conclusion that, “So she’s exactly like Harriet Miers except for the dumb part? Just like the only difference between me and Michael Jordan is athletic ability.”

Stewart then pointed out how it is the Right that loves to compare Obama to Bush, “So Kagan is Obama’s Harriet Miers, his Bush like misstep, kinda sucks because he is still recovering from his last Bush like misstep.” After playing clips of the Right call in the oil spill Obama’s Katrina, Stewart said, “It’s crazy. It’s like no matter what happens during the Obama administration, there’s the perfect Bush f*ck up for the occasion…It’s like Bush has a set of greeting cards, oh you displayed a complete lack of self awareness during a time that would be seen as a test of your leadership, well there’s a Bush f*ck up for that.”

The Daily Show host talked about how self undermining this comparison is, “The crazy part is that it’s conservatives and Republicans that are in the biggest rush to make the comparisons. Remember that terrible thing that Bush did that we fought for eight years to convince you wasn’t bad, but actually good? Well now we use those very incidents as the low water mark for your guy, and they’re not just interested in comparing Obama’s new problems with Bush’s old problems, they’re also looking to bequeath all that Bush oversaw like some sort of cancerous heirloom. It’s like these guys treat this country like some sort of used car salesman….and the best part is they can’t even recognize their own tacit admission of the previous administration’s failure.”

The minute that Obama took office the Right started trying to smear him with the legacy of the president that they strongly supported for eight years. There is no greater self admission of failure than the Right’s argument that Obama is just like Bush. It is as if they are saying, “Look your guy is just as terrible as our guy was,” but on the basis of this argument they then have the nerve to ask the American people to return them to power. As usual, Stewart is pointing of the hypocrisy of a media that is more interested in narrative than logic.

4 Replies to “Jon Stewart Obliterates the Right’s Comparisons of Obama to Bush”

  1. the farther we get away from the Bush administration the harder it is to remember just how incredibly bad he was. But the more that the conservatives whine about Obama and comparing him to Bush, the easier it is to remember. And I agree with Sewart, all the years of denial for the Conservatives, the denial that Bush was the one responsible for anything, they now assign the fact that Bush was responsible. I guess if you have to blame Obama for something that you have to give Bush responsibility for something.

    Feels good.

  2. i thought the exact same thing! the right knows bush was a failure, and this is just one more tactic for them to try to paint President Obama in the same light.

    i guess they still haven’t figured out that their party is going to self-destruct. beck, palin, the lies, the useless and meaningless rhetoric…it’s going to blow up soon. and when it does, the GOP won’t be able to clean up the mess.

  3. I just wonder what other disasters are waiting to reveal themselves that were created by the Bush/Cheney administration that they did not take responsibility for and have left for the taxpayers and the Obama administration to fix and take the blame for? This oil explosion and spill was definitely created by the oil men Bush and Cheney. Because they wanted to make as much money as possible, they did not put the regulations or safety concerns that would have made the difference. Cheney’s connections to Haliburton seem to be sketchy. The MMS that was supposed to be overseers were in bed and doing drugs with the oil execs. So now we have a national disaster that may impact the entire country for years to come if BP doesn’t take full responsibility. Bush/Cheney started these 2 wars that they did not pay for. They took us to the brink economically conveniently right before leaving office. They gave tax credits to the wealthy without providing jobs or helping small business.
    Bush and Cheney set off firestorms that have not finished burning. Hopefully we can survive as a nation and Obama in the transition can resolve these major issues. Reconstruction is a bumpy road but Obama is on his game to address these concerns.

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