Just a month after the Obama 2012 campaign kicked off, ex-President George W. Bush supporters are on the attack. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted a message about President Obama:
Obama copies Saudi Arabia. Has spent and willing to spend hundreds of billions so he won’t be overthrown.
Saudi Arabia? Really? The country with some of the worst human rights abuses in the world, imposed on the Saudi people by their leaders? And I can’t say I’ve ever seen a headline saying that a U.S. president — Bush, Obama or otherwise — tossed a casual $36 billion to quell dissent.
Two hours later, he rephrased his tweet. He didn’t mean “overthrown” exactly. He meant “removed from office.” Fleischer did not specify on what exactly Obama was spending those hundreds of billions on.
Foreign Policy Editor Blake Hounshell reacted to Ari’s tweet this way:
Um, OK. RT @AriFleischer: Obama copies Saudi Arabia. Has spent and willing to spend hundreds of billions so he won’t be overthrown.
This is the same Fleischer who in 2002 said at a briefing:
The President believes that Saudi Arabia has been a good partner in the war against terrorism. And they are a good partner who can and should do more with us so we can together fight terrorism.
When asked a follow up question about the possibility of sanctioning Saudi Arabia, he answered firmly:
There's other ways to work well with our friends and allies so we can do more together through cooperation