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Obama agenda: Obama = Bush? Not so simple

AP: “Five years into his presidency, Barack Obama presides over a national security apparatus that in many ways still resembles the one left behind by President George W. Bush. Drones are killing terrorism suspects, the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, holds ‘enemy combatants’ and the government secretly collects telephone records of millions of Americans. This from a president who in 2008 ran as the anti-Bush candidate who would get the U.S. out of Iraq, put an end to torture and redefine U.S. policies abroad.”

Politico: “A club of Capitol Hill liberals made life hell for George W. Bush in his second term. Now the gang is back — and they don’t care that this time the president is their guy.”

The New York Times editorial page is sharply of President Obama: “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.”

Ron Fournier goes so far as to lede this way: “Welcome to the era of Bush-Obama, a 16-year span of U.S. history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency.”

But there are some key differences in Bush-Obama foreign policy. Three words – torture, Iraq, Afghanistan.

“President Barack Obama is making a personal plea to Californians, Latinos and young people to sign up for coverage under the new health care law,” AP notes. “Obama on Friday will use his visit to California to highlight how the state is implementing the Affordable Care Act.”

The L.A. Times: “As President Obama tries to persuade Americans to embrace his 2010 healthcare law, he will highlight California's progress in implementing the landmark legislation during a visit to Silicon Valley on Friday. Obama plans to praise a multimillion-dollar partnership between the nonprofit California Endowment and major Spanish-language media outlets aimed at getting Latinos to enroll in health insurance next year. A senior administration official said this approach, which the president plans to tout in a news conference at a San Jose hotel, ‘could serve as a model for other states.’”