Obama owns the recession now, says the Fox host. Just like Bush owned his downturn in 2001? No, wait --
Pointing out the manifest hypocrisy embedded in nearly every word that emerges from Sean Hannity’s mouth is as pointless as attempting to count all the grains of sand in the Sahara, or the stars in the sky. But when it’s executed with particular precision, as per a Brendan Nyhan post this morning detailing who the Fox loudmouth likes to blame for recessions, we must give praise.
First, Nyhan cites a Media Matters clip documenting Hannity’s attempts to blame President Obama for our current economic ills. “This is Obama’s economy, now,” he declaims.
Let’s take a trip on the wayback machine, to the summer of 2001, when George W. Bush was struggling with his own down economy.
Sean Hannity, August 17, 2001: “[T]his is still the Clinton economy, in case you forgot.”
Sean Hannity, August 20, 2001: “[W]e have the Clinton economy, the Clinton slowdown … We are living under the Clinton economy, and the slowdown that started in the spring of 2000.”
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