Friday, September 7th, 2012...10:53 am

A Rush to Support the President

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One of the advantages of being an old whore who’s been working these mean streets for decades is that you’ve seen it all before; you take names and you remember faces (some fondly, some not). So in the current presidential campaign, permit this old whore a walk down memory lane to 1992.

[Cue flashback music.]

Following the successful completion of the first Persian Gulf War (driving the invading Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait), Republicon President George H. W. Bush briefly enjoyed astronomical approval ratings . . . until recession struck. Late in 1991, the New York Times (5 Nov. 1991)reported:

In more than a dozen interviews, occupants of the executive suite, like other Americans, said they were dismayed by what they see as partisanship and just plain perverseness in Congress. . . . Old fashioned tonics like easier money and fiscal stimulus are not out of favor. . . . But for the most part they emphasized other means when asked their prescriptions for the nation’s ills.

James Zimmerman, the COO of Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s Inc.), said that:

It’s critical that consumers have hope. Washington should send a strong message to consumers that the Administration and Congress will do whatever is necessary. . . The fixation on the budget deficit is wrong.

Ad exec Jerry Della Femina said:

The problem is confidence–confidence in our leaders. George Bush is not leading the cheering squad. Since Truman, the U.S. economy has only done well when we’ve had a cheerleader in the White House.

But one man had the courage to come to President George H. W. Bush’s defense, writing in the New York Times (15 Oct. 1992) as the presidential campaign entered its final weeks:

The key to these debates, however, is television ability, pure and simple. President Bush needs to cut through the noise so that his strong message will connect with the public. To do this, he must marshal his passion, his energy, his conviction, his confidence. And he must do so in such a way that it forces Governor Clinton off his formulated answers, allowing the public to take a true measure of the man.

This brave conservative pundit came to President Bush’s defense in his handling of the economy, calling out the Democrats’ negativity and alarmism and applauding Bush’s optimistic (or, as he might say, “realistic”) vision:

The starting point must be the economy. Granted, this is a tough economy, but the President should not be defensive about his optimistic message, which is absolutely correct. I am weary, as he should be, of his opponents sneeringly characterizing him as “out of touch” because he dares to portray the American economy as the strongest in the world. It is.

This bold conservative stood up for President Bush against the Democratic doomsayers who thought that Americans were not better off than they’d been 4 years before:

Inflation has been whipped, inventories are lean, interest rates have been wrestled to 20-year lows. Housing starts, retail and car sales have been posting gains. Although politically tempting, Mr. Bush must not, as Mr. Clinton has, pander to the electorate’s current masochistic desire for tales of economic pain, misery and woe. The President’s upbeat reckoning is, in fact, an honest one.

President Bush’s defender? Rush Limbaugh.

My, how times have changed.

1 Comment

  • When you look at the statistics, the rich have grown somewhat, the middle class shrunk by quite a bit and the poor gained more people than the rich did–a lot more.

    It’s a nice country if you’re rich. You have people wanting to cut your taxes, could be because a lot of those people in Congress and the Senate are rich themselves. And a new additon, Romney wants vouchers for schooling. Rich people get money to send their kids anywhere. Poor people can too but I doubt the inner city bus goes that far out.

    The rich can take advantage of tax havens. The middle class have bank accounts that pay interest of less than one percent. The poor are lucky to have food, clothing and shelter.

    And wages have stayed stagnant forever yet the rich keep making more and more.

    Yeah, great country if you’re a Romney or a Ryan. Not so much for me.

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