I loved this blog post by Jane Hamsher, over at Firedoglake:
"The Wall Street meltdown isn't his fault, he tells Charles Gibson:
"I think when the history of this period is written, people will realize a lot of the decisions that were made on Wall Street took place over a decade or so, before I arrived," he said.
Decade ago. . . lemme sharpen my pencil. . . 1990. . . that would be Bush Sr. at the helm."
Instead of sharpening that pencil, Jane, you should have sharpened your analysis. The quote is a bit vague, and susceptible to two interpretations, but neither of those interpretations put the timetable for those decisions around 1990. President Bush didn't quite step in the turd you think he stepped in.
A decade or so ago, George H.W. Bush was not the president, and if it was "a decade or so" of decision-making, most, if not all, of that came under Bill Clinton. That the decisions "took place over a decade or so, before [he] arrived" means that they took place over many years, before he arrived, not that it occurred precisely ten years before his inauguration (which, FWIW, was in 2001, not 2000), at least it does for those of us who understand the meaning of a comma.
I can think of a few things he might have been talking about, e.g., the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, that wouldn't have been done on his father's watch, even in part.