Regarding presidential criticism:
George W. Bush said, "I'm going to cut taxes and we need to go to war in Iraq."
Critics said, "These tax cuts are a bad idea and so is the war in Iraq."
Barack Obama said, "We need to end the tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans. And reform health care."
Critics said, "This Marxist Muslim wants to undermine America and everything it stands for."
Just a nuance I noticed.