what is the diference between obama and bush?

@peercc (332)
India
June 27, 2009 2:11pm CST
obama is the president and bush is former, but finish with bad opinion
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
27 Jun 09
George Bush is a Republican and Barack Obama is a Democrat. Bush is conservative, Obama is liberal. When Bush came to office, we had a massive surplus of money. When he left office we had over a trillion in debt. Obviously he messed up. George Bush is an evangelical or "born again" Christian. Since he is especially religious, he is against a woman's right to choose, homosexual rights, potentially life saving stem sell research, etc. George Bush was a poor speaker. He also made the decision to invade Iraq without full information and misled the public to do so. George Bush made statements that God has directed him to do something or has chosen him. He favored large corporations. He cut income taxes but the wealthiest Americans received the greatest benefits from the cuts. He passed the Patriot Act after September 11 which allows the government to surveill suspicious persons in invasive ways that would have been considered unconstitutional before. George Bush has family in politics. His father was the president before Clinton. His brother is in politics in Florida. George Bush used to be the governor of Texas, and had several failed businesses when he was younger, often involving oil. He often favored big oil companies while in office. Barack Obama is considered to be charismatic and a good speaker. He has more progressive views on issues of women's, homosexual, etc. rights. He wants to get our troops out of Iraq as soon as he can. He wants to have a better health care system. He favors larger goverment which means there will be more taxes, but also more social services. That would be a system closer to what many European countries have, for example. Some people have said Obama is a Muslim. He is a Christian. Some have suggested he is not an American. He grew up in Hawaii and was an Illinois congressman before becoming president. Others have called him a communist or socialist. He is left-wing, but he hopes for bipartisan cooperation and if you look at the content of what he advocates you will see that it is not at all like the Soviet communism Americans were so afraid of.
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Well, my, my, my, you've done pretty well. As far as homosexual rights, Obama still believes that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Bush might have had some failed businesses but Obama has no business experience. I'm not even sure he was very successful as a lawyer. He was a college professor at one point. Bush had 9-11 and two wars to deal with and he ran up the deficit in his 8 years as president but if predictions come out to be true Obama will have run up in four years than Bush did in eight. I also got that tax cut that Bush gave and I am far, far from rich. Obama is wanting to pass a cap and trade bill that will raise everyone's bills but he's too weak to call it a tax. Obama hasn't done anything about getting our troops out of Iraq that wasn't already in Bush's plans. Not that I am aware of. Obama sent more troops into Afghanistan. People called Bush a murderer when civilians were accidentally killed by out troops and bombs. Civilians are still being killed but no one is calling Obama a murderer. Double standard comes to mind. The media loves Obama and hated Bush. They look at Obama like adoring puppies and drool over his every word. Yes, Obama is charismatic and so was Hitler, from what I've read he gave very good speeches and told people what they wanted to hear.
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
27 Jun 09
Bush liked to spend our money and not raise taxes to pay for anything! Which put us deeply in debt. Obama is spending money to try and fix this, but has to raise taxes to fix it! tdemex
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
27 Jun 09
so you're saying there's no difference? Bush was up front and said, yes realistically we'll have to spend tax money on it. Obama, is trying to manipulate Americans, Obama has already spent way more money then Bush ever did in his two terms!! How is he fixing it????
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
27 Jun 09
Clinton left us with a surplus and time will tell the rest of the story! Don't be scared only 7 1/2 more years of Obama and we'll see!
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
27 Jun 09
7 1/2 more years, how could I not be scared? wow! I am scared now and the first year isnt even up..
@anniepa (27240)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Without going into great detail and comparing the two on every issue I'll just say this much: after the 2004 election in which Bush won by a fairly small margin Bush said "I've earned a great deal of political capital and I intend to spend it," which he did with little regard to what the Democrats in Congress wanted. Obama won a fairly large electoral and popular victory and he seems afraid to admit he's won ANY "political capital" at all, instead trying to get bipartisan support from the small GOP minority and getting none. Sometimes this is a good thing but sometimes it's not so good, in my opinion. Annie
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
27 Jun 09
Press support. That's about the only difference I see. Also, Bush wasn't scared of public opinion. He wasn't the "wait and see" type. He may have flip-flopped a few times during his two terms, but it's nothing like we're seeing now. This plays into the press support, though. Obama seems afraid to be unpopular. He can't STAND someone asking a question he doesn't like. Bush, on the other hand, rarely caught a break. So the only real difference I can see in the two men is press support. Their spending habits are about the same (although Obama's spent way more). Their idea for government control is about the same (although Obama's pushing for way more). And their idea of transparency is about the same (although Obama claimed his admin. would be different in that respect). As it turns out, one seems to be an amplified, more popular version of the other. Not much "difference" at all. Ideologically they're different. But that's stating the obvious.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
27 Jun 09
Whats the difference? The pary letter next to their name, other than that, well there pretty much the same Both spent oscenely, neither give a crap about the constitution and they both did and do everything they can to destroy our republic, centralize the nations governence and grow exponentialy the authority it has over our country. Whats the difference? Nothing.