Why Obama Is Like Bush

Apart from being ideological opposites, Bush and Obama are identical!
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2009 12:00 PM CST
From left, Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush talk on the East Front of the Capitol after Obama was sworn in as 44th President, Jan. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Tannen Maury, Pool)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is often compared to FDR or Ronald Reagan. But what about the last guy? Obama has taken office in the midst of a crisis and has lofty approval ratings—much like the 80% Bush had after 9/11. And both have taken a fairly similar political approach to their respective tests, writes Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post.

Bush gets lambasted for not asking a willing nation to sacrifice, for pushing through a partisan agenda, and for starting the Iraq war. But Obama vows that 98% of the public won't see a tax hike—that’s hardly asking for sacrifice. Just as Bush blasted Patriot Act opponents for not wanting to stop al-Qaeda, Obama says stimulus opponents “believe that we should do nothing.” And Obama’s looming health initiative could be just as expensive and divisive as the Iraq war.