The Similarities to Dick Cheney are so Great that President Obama has to say he is no Dick Cheney

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 23rd, 2013

Week in Review

Candidate Barack Obama was brutal when attacking Bush/Cheney.  Talk of torture, warrantless wiretapping, rendition, drone attacks, Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, etc.  Bush/Cheney were war criminals.  Running a shadow government outside the rule of law.  And the Constitution.  This was all going to change under an Obama administration.  Who was going to have the most transparent presidency in recent times.  And would order the cessation of all those bad things Bush/Chaney were doing.  But when you compare the two administrations it’s getting harder to tell them apart.  And people are even noting this to the president (see I’m no Dick Cheney, Obama insists by Shaun Waterman posted 6/18/2013 on The Washington Times).

President Obama bristled Monday night at comparisons with the Bush administration in his first interview addressing the National Security Agency’s broad gathering of data about Americans’ phone calls and online communications.

“People say, ‘Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney,’” the president told PBS’ Charlie Rose, referring to the former vice president.

Mr. Obama distinguished the programs his administration ran from those launched by President Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, which were carried out under the president’s wartime authority as commander in chief.

Bush/Cheney used drones.  The Obama administration has, too.  Even killed more people with them in his first 4 years in office than Bush/Cheney did in their 8 years.  Even killing an American or two on foreign soil.  Something Bush/Cheney didn’t do.

Bush/Cheney used warrantless wiretaps on international telephone calls to a suspected terrorist.  The Obama administration is collecting and storing metadata on all U.S. domestic telephone calls.  And they’re working with Internet providers to collect information on people’s Internet activities.  Collecting it and storing it.  So they can look at it later.  With a court order, of course.  From a court especially designed for the government’s eavesdropping activities.  The FISA Court.

According to Wikipedia, in 8 years Bush/Cheney averaged 1793.75 requests to the FISA court and was rejected 0.070% of the time.  In 4 years of President Obama his administration was averaging 1627.25 requests and was rejected 0.015% of the time.  So the Obama administration was averaging about 10% a year less than the Bush/Cheney.  But Obama only had one request denied in 4 years compared to Bush/Cheney 10 denials in 8 years.  Even though President Obama won the War on terror in May of 2011 with the killing of Osama bin Laden.  So the FISA court became more of a rubberstamp under the Obama administration than it was under Bush/Cheney.

During Bush/Cheney the IRS did not harass their political enemies.  The IRS did under the Obama administration.  Bush/Cheney did not use the Justice Department to investigate journalists reporting unfavorably on them.  The Obama administration did.  Despite the mainstream media clearly favoring President Obama over Bush/Cheney.

Bush/Cheney.  President Obama.  It’s getting harder to tell these administrations apart.  Unless you look at the economy.  Yet Bush/Cheney was evil incarnate.  While we need to trust our government under President Obama.  Even though he is a little more Dick Cheney than even Dick Cheney was at times.


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