Not so much now.
From the front page of the Washington Post, on March 29, 2009:
No Givens As Obama Steps Onto World StageBHO's fellow Democrats are in damage-control mode, and blaming GWB too:
After 69 days in which international issues have taken a back seat to attempts to rescue the economy at home, President Obama takes the world stage this week as a wildly popular figure among the people of Europe, but one who faces a difficult task in selling his plans to the continent's leaders.
But if the U.S. president thought his popularity would cause foreign governments to fall quickly into line behind a new American leadership, experts warn, he could be in for a rude awakening....
...[R]eplacing Bush with Obama has not erased the substantial disagreements that remain between the United States and Europe.This blaming-Bush line is wearing thin. The current President has to step up to the plate and stop whining about his predecessor. In fact, such whining is decidedly adolescent.
"That's an invitation to disillusionment," said Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "These are complicated times. There's an anger in the world . . . about how people think our country has helped create these problems. The president has to lift heavily to get us over the Bush hurdle."
Well, maybe that's where BHO is - stuck in adolescence. His refusal to accept responsibility and accountability reminds me of the less-mature students I work with every day for the past thirty-five years.