One year on, Obama cites struggle with Bush legacy | World | ReutersMADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A year after his historic election, President Barack Obama sought to remind Americans on Wednesday the biggest problems he is grappling with -- from the economy to the war in Afghanistan -- are the legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
With his approval ratings down from once-lofty levels and Tuesday's Democratic election losses raising questions about his political clout, Obama held no special ceremony to mark the anniversary of his election as America's first black president.
He instead traveled to Wisconsin to appear before a friendly audience in a school gymnasium and promote education as a pillar of his economic recovery efforts.
Obama was elected on a promise of sweeping change after eight years under Bush, but many Americans are increasingly expressing impatience that his pledge has yet to bear fruit.
He used the preamble of his speech to insist his administration had indeed had important successes and also to remind Americans of the litany of daunting challenges he inherited when he took office in January.
I don't recall one year in Bush whining about Clinton, Clinton whining about Bush, Bush whining about Reagan or Reagan whining about Carter....
Obama needs to man up, and let go of the Bush Pacifier he's been leaning on. It's not impressing anyone. A Leader leads, inspires and takes on challenges head on, not whine about why it's so tough because of other people.