In a radio interview today, George Herbert Walker Bush complains about the “lack of civility in politics“:
The Republican elder statesman said, “It’s not just the right.” He complained, “there are plenty of people on the left.”
While he said he does not believe in personal name-calling, he singled out MSNBC personalities Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow calling them “sick puppies.”
“The way they treat my son and anyone who’s opposed to their point of view is just horrible,” Mr. Bush said.
“When our son was president they just hammered him mercilessly and I think obscenely a lot of the time and now it’s moved to a new president,” he added.
With a chuckle, Mr. Bush said his son’s critics “weren’t singled out as much as they should have been.”
For what it’s worth, President Obama was and is one of his son’s critics, and according to the Boston Globe:
The unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama, a rise in racist hate groups, and a new wave of antigovernment fervor threaten to overwhelm the US Secret Service…
Obama, who was given Secret Service protection 18 months before the election – the earliest ever for a presidential candidate – has been the target of more threats since his inauguration than his predecessors.
It’s true, of course, that people said mean things about President W. They said he didn’t care about black people (just because he let a city full of black people drown), they say that he was a war-monger (just because he sold a needless and foolish war). They called him a torturer, just for authorizing torture. They called him a fascist, just for locking his critics in fenced off enclosures (free speech zones!), illegally tapping their phones, exploiting a state of military emergency to unite government and industry, establishing secret prisons, etc. I guess that balances out the overt death threats directed at President Obama, candidate Obama, liberals and Democrats in general and liberalism’s most visible representatives in particular. Yep, the equivalence is perfect.