The DNC has a new web ad, Dancing With The Czars, which makes fun of the fact that the GOP, in particular their resident moron, Glenn Beck, are on the war path about Obama's so-called "Czars" while neglecting to tell their gullible viewers that George W. Bush had 47 of them!
Over the past few days, I've written about the wildly outsized claims of czars in the Obama administration undermining the government. Republican Senators are sending letters and GOP House members are holding up posters and attempting to pass thoroughly baffling bills to prevent the Obama White House from appointing advisers.
These elected officials seem to be unaware of some basic facts. Many of the people they insist need to be confirmed by the Senate already have been confirmed. Many of the people they consider to be holding unprecedented appointments are merely filling well-established positions. In some cases, these lawmakers seem to have forgotten that they themselves passed laws that mandated the appointments. And in a few cases, they just select some established functionary at random -- like a State Department envoy or the Deputy Secretary of the Interior -- and call that guy a "czar" just for fun![snip]
And of course, it's always worth pointing out that "czars" (the term itself being nothing more than a media shorthand standing in for long government titles and/or complex portfolios) have been a fact of life in American politics since the Nixon administration. And it's equally worth pointing out that the Bush administration itself deployed a veritable flotilla of czars.
Wikipedia has a count of Czars if you're interesting in comparing which President's had/have the most (hint: It's W):
The numbers are based upon the sortable list below. Please see it for details and references.
President's name In office Number of
Franklin Roosevelt 1933-1945 12 19 Harry Truman 1945-1953 6 6 Dwight Eisenhower 1953-1961 1 1 Lyndon Johnson 1963-1969 3 3 Richard Nixon 1969-1974 3 5 Gerald Ford 1974-1977 1 1 Jimmy Carter 1977-1981 2 3 Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 1 1 George H. W. Bush 1989-1993 2 3 Bill Clinton 1993-2001 7 11 George W. Bush 2001-2009 35 46 Barack Obama 2009 32 35