President Obama inherited this mess



I just finished reading Spencer G. Fischer's letter "Obama's leadership increases worries" (July 9) and said to myself "Man, things are bad and getting worse every day."

I wonder where he was during the Bush administration, because I don't remember any letters that he might have written to The Chronicle expressing any worry. Let's see what happened during those years that could have caused concern.

First, we invaded a sovereign country that was not a threat to our country; destroyed a beautiful country; lost more than 4,000 of our young men and women (not counting all the severely wounded who came home and must be taken care of the rest of their lives); and thousands of Iraqi citizens who had nothing to do with anything were killed, and countless refugees who have lost their homes and are in other countries.

That's just a starter.

When George W. became president, the national debt was $5 trillion. When he left, it was $12 trillion and climbing, and the Treasury that was full of money when Bill Clinton left was empty. That debt should be a concern for all -- and their children and grandchildren.

Also, the first bailout of Wall Street and the banks of $700 billion came from -- you guessed it: Bush.

Also, who gave BP the go-ahead to drill the deepwater oil well without strict regulation and safety precautions, which has really changed the peoples' lives on the Gulf Coast? It has changed all of our lives, just not as much. Was it the oilmen Bush and Dick Cheney, the Halliburton ex-CEO? By the way. Halliburton was one of the three outfits involved in that drilling.

Things are tough now, and it's going to be a long time before we come out of it. As long as everyone looks at all the facts and the history of how we got to this point, it doesn't bother me. But jumping on a man who inherited a bad situation, I don't think is right or fair. Hopefully he will do a good job, and we can climb out of it.

Jim McGaughy

Aiken, S.C.

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