Obama mirroring Bush on national security

As President Obama prepared to welcome President Bush back to the White House for today’s unveiling of portraits of the former president and first lady, columnist Eleanor Clift was among those struck by how closely Obama has mirrored his predecessor on national security issues. “Bush, perhaps more than any recent president, must feel vindicated by the policies that Obama has chosen to pursue, many of them forged in the post-9/11 era under Bush’s leadership,” Clift wrote. She also said the reporting “by Newsweek and the New York Times on how Obama personally signs off on a ‘kill list’ of al-Qaida terrorists prepared by the CIA and the Pentagon is chillingly reminiscent of the deck of playing cards that Bush used to keep score of top terrorist targets when he was in the Oval Office.”