Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP) – Don’t mimic Washington by making excuses, President Barack Obama advises graduating high school students, and take responsibility for failure as well as success.
In remarks to be delivered Monday evening at Kalamazoo Central High School, Obama says it’s easy to blame others when problems arise. “We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV,” the president said.
He said the high school kids can and have done better than that.
Ummm, Mr. President:
ON AMERICA’S CHALLENGES
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “When I Showed Up After Inauguration, They Had Left A Big Mess On The Floor. So I Got A Mop, And I Started Cleaning Up Their Mess.” (President Obama, Remarks, Norfolk, VA, 10/27/09)
ON THE ECONOMY
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “By Any Measure, My Administration Inherited A Fiscal Disaster.” (President Obama, Remarks, 3/4/09)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Now, If We Had Taken Office In Ordinary Times, I Would Have Liked Nothing More Than To Start Bringing Down The Deficit. But We Took Office Amid A Crisis.” (President Obama, State Of The Union Address, 1/27/10)
ON THE ADMINISTRATION’S BUDGET
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “My Budget Does Not Attempt To Solve Every Problem Or Address Every Issue. It Reflects The Stark Reality Of What We’ve Inherited – A Trillion Dollar Deficit, A Financial Crisis, And A Costly Recession.” (President Obama, Remarks To A Joint Session Of Congress, 2/24/09)
ON DEMOCRAT ELECTORAL LOSSES
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Here’s My Assessment Of Not Just The Vote In Massachusetts, But The Mood Around The Country… People Are Angry And They Are Frustrated. Not Just Because Of What’s Happened In The Last Year Or Two Years, But What’s Happened Over The Last Eight Years.” (“Exclusive: President Obama Says Voter Anger, Frustration Key to Republican Victory in Massachusetts Senate,” ABC News, 1/20/10)
ON THE OIL SPILL
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Took Office, For Example, He Found A Minerals And Management Services Agency That Had Been Plagued By Corruption For Years …” (President Obama, Remarks, 6/1/10)
• OBAMA: “The Habit [At MMS], Predating My Administration, Was You Just Automatically Gave The Environmental Waiver.” (President Obama, Remarks, 5/27/10)
ON HIS ADMINISTRATION’S ECONOMIC ACTIONS
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “We Had To Act Fast. And Unfortunately We Didn’t Have All The Tools That We Needed To Act Fast Because You Had A Previous Congress And A Previous Administration That Had Left A $1.3 Trillion Deficit Wrapped Up In A Bow That Turned Surpluses Into Deficits As A Consequence Of A Whole Host Of Irresponsible Policies.” (President Obama, Remarks, 5/26/10)
ON AMERICA’S STANDING ABROAD
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Well, First Of All, During The Campaign I Did Not Say That Some Of That Loss Of Authority Was Inevitable. I Said It Was Traced To Very Specific Decisions That The Previous Administration Had Made That I Believed Had Lowered Our Standing In The World. And That Wasn’t Simply My Opinion; That Was, It Turns Out, The Opinion Of Many People Around The World. I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world. And although, as you know, I always mistrust polls, international polls seem to indicate that you’re seeing people more hopeful about America’s leadership.” (President Obama, Press Conference, 4/2/09)
ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ABUSES
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “And By The Way, I Don’t Recall Any Of These Republicans Trying To Do Anything About Insurance Companies’ Abuses During All The Years They Were In Charge.” (President Obama, Remarks At St. Charles High School, St. Charles, MO, 3/10/10)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “The Problem Of What To Do With Guantanamo Detainees Was Not Caused By My Decision To Close The Facility; The Problem Exists Because Of The Decision To Open Guantanamo In The First Place.” (President Obama, Remarks On National Security, National Archives, Washington, D.C., 5/21/09)
Perhaps you should take your own advice.