One of the most remarkable propaganda campaigns of the modern era are the George W. Bush apologists who would have you believe that “W”‘s presidency did not begin until September 12, 2001 (and that the Bush Great Recession did not begin until Barack Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009, but that is another story).
On Friday, Tea-Publican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump sat down with Bloomberg Politics and had this exchange:
DONALD TRUMP: When you talk about George Bush, and say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time.STEPHANIE RUHLE, BLOOMBERG: Hold on, you can’t blame George Bush for that.TRUMP: He was president. Blame him, or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.
In the military this is known as the Officer On Watch. Anything that happens during your watch, you will be held accountable for. The Donald is not saying anything particularly controversial here. It is an obvious truth.
But note the Bush apologist response from this reporter from Bloomberg, “you can’t blame George Bush for that.” Well yes, you can lady. George W. Bush was president, or as he preferred to call himself, commander-in-chief, on 9/11. He was the Officer On Watch, and he is most assuredly accountable for what happened during his watch.