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After the Downgrade: Declining Blame, Assigning Blame

08/09/2011 06:50 pm ET | Updated Oct 09, 2011

It happened on his watch!
It happened on his watch!
For events so consequential,
Guilt is wholly presidential,
And we're here to say
It happened on his watch!

Republicans claim that Obama's to blame
When the stock market's numbers go south,
"Our alibi's strong!"
"We were right all along!"
As the words tumble out of their mouth:

It happened on his watch!
It happened on his watch!
Tell your papas and your mamas
That the mess is all Obama's,
It's our favorite play:
It happened on his watch!

This S&P fuss? "Just blame him, don't blame us!"
For the loss of that Triple-A score,
The facts are so clear
You can see them from here!
"It's on him!" And we'll shout it some more:

It happened on his watch!
It happened on his watch!
And the only thing to notice
Is the fault is all on POTUS,
'Cause it's plain as day
It happened on his watch!

The market's big shock'll be someone's debacle,
Investors will want someone's head,
While voters, outraged,
Can be likewise engaged,
Once we've looked toward the Oval and said:

It happened on his watch!
It happened on his watch!
There's no angle in the middle,
Let it burn! We'll grab a fiddle,
It's a winning way:
It happened on his watch!


A Wall Street collapse? It won't land in our laps
If we beat ev'ryone to the punch,
No cave-ins from us --
Throw him under the bus! --
Keep it plain and we'll have him for lunch.

It happened on his watch!
It happened on his watch!
When the nation's anger smolders,
Drop the wreckage on his shoulders,
Keep repeating, "Hey!
It happened on his watch!!"

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Rick Horowitz is a syndicated columnist. You can write to him at rickhoro@execpc.com.