Filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick criticize Obama’s presidency in a forthcoming book called The Untold History of the United States, saying he has too often mimicked Republican predecessor George W. Bush.
“The country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse,” write Stone and Kuznick,reports Politico. “Rather than repudiating the policies of Bush and his predecessors, Obama has perpetuated them.”
The book hits stores on Tuesday.
Stone has directed films on the presidencies of Bush, Richard Nixon, and John F. Kennedy.
Politico cites some of the critiques of Obama made by Stone and Kuznick:
On Wall Street reform: “The biggest winner under Obama was Wall Street.”
On health care: “Obama’s failure to articulate a progressive vision was also apparent in the fight over health reform, which was to have been his signature initiative…Obama’s health care reform effort, marked by the inability to even refute Republican charges of death panels, was so unpopular that it became an albatross around the necks of Democrats in the 2010 election.”