Pundit Says Obamacare Enrollment Milestone Is Like Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Speech

In his never-ending pursuit to find parallels between the current administration and the last one, Ron Fournier is now arguing that the Obamacare enrollment milestone is akin to George W. Bush’s infamous “mission accomplished” declaration.

The National Journal columnist, who’s long complained of President Obama’s leadership abilities, splashed cold water all over the White House’s report that six million Americans have signed up for health care through the new law.

“6 Million Insured, Give Or Take A Few Million #MissionAccomplished?” Fournier tweeted Thursday.

He enjoyed the comparison so much that he tweeted the same message moments later with a photo of Bush’s 2003 speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, where the former president asserted that major combat operations in Iraq had ended.

For good measure, Fournier later retweeted the same photo, but with Obama’s head placed on Bush’s body.

When some Twitter users questioned the comparison, Fournier responded by saying that the Obama administration is taking a “[p]remature victory lap.”

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