Um, in actual fact, Bush inherited a huge surplus from Clinton and the recession didn't begin until March of 2001 - yes, while Bush was president. And it wasn't Clinton who ignored repeated warnings that led up to the attacks.
I was there, we inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history. And President Bush dealt with it and within a year of his presidency within a comparable time, unemployment was at 5 percent.
Here's a comment to the Alternet post quoted above that makes a lot of sense:
Matalin is not the only one, by the way. Dana Perino (White House press secretary under George W. Bush) said the following in reference to the Ft. Hood shootings:
Bush did inherit the situation, but HE and his ENTIRE STAFF decided to IGNORE repeated warnings from the the intellegence community. So, yes, he did inherit the situation but he failed to pay attention as the executor read the will. Oh. And let's not forget that he was so focused on Iraq, that within days of Sept. 11, 2001, he was already planning to wage war with a country that had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ATTACKS.
Honestly! Can you believe it? Heck, you can see the footage right here.
PERINO: And we had a terrorist attack on our country. And we should call it what it is. Because we need to face up to it so that we can prevent it from happening again.
HANNITY: I agree with you. And why won’t they say what you just so simply said?
PERINO: They want to do all of their investigations. I don’t know. All of the thinking that goes into it. But we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term. I hope they’re not looking at this politically. I do think we owe it to the American people to call it what it is.
These people are either completely delusional, cynical beyond all description, or out-and-out evil.