December 1st, 2008
02:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush says some voters backed Obama ‘because of me’

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President Bush says he wants to be remembered as a president who stuck to his values. (GETTY IMAGES)

(CNN) – President Bush told an interviewer that his presidency may have helped Barack Obama win the White House.

"I think it was a repudiation of Republicans," he told Charlie Gibson of ABC News, according to a transcript released by the network Monday. "And I'm sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me. I think most people voted for Barack Obama because they decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy."

Earlier: Bush reflects on legacy

As Obama — who made opposition to the war a centerpiece of his presidential run — continued to assemble his national security team, Bush would not say whether or not he would still have pushed for war with Iraq if he had known there were no weapon of mass destruction in that country.

"A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein," Bush said. "It wasn't just people in my administration. A lot of members in Congress, prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C., during the debate on Iraq, a lot of leaders of nations around the world were all looking at the same intelligence.

"I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess," he said, but would not say whether he would have pressed forward with the decision to invade Iraq if he had known otherwise: "That is a do-over that I can't do."

Bush also said that his administration had pressed for tougher regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but that push had been short-circuited by politics. He also said that many of the decisions that led to the economic crisis came from Wall Street before he arrived in the White House.

“I'm a little upset that we didn't get the reforms to Fannie and Freddie - on Fannie and Freddie, because I think it would have helped a lot,” he said. “And when people review the history of this administration, people will say that this administration tried hard to get a regulator. And there will be a lot of analysis of why that didn't happen. I suspect people will find a lot of it didn't happen for pure political reasons.”


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  1. Lee

    Ummm, you think?

    December 1, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Larry

    College students,African Americans,Hispanics,and Union Workers,according to the statistics elected Obama-many of the voters,if not all,want what Obama promised–Tax those rich people,and give the money to them.

    December 1, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. dibick99

    only because you're a moron and mccain looked liked 4 more years of the same

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Scott

    Duh?!

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Jack

    Ya think, George?? You are a quick wit!!! Too bad you were not that perceptive for the past 8 years.................................Can't wait until January 20th!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. John D

    Bush has finally had a reality check. Obviously his handlers have let go.

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Cmerepaul

    At least Bush is right about SOMETHING.

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Wow! He's isn't that dumb after all!!

    December 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Bob Dole

    I voted for Obama because he has a brain and can use it just in case he is not "prepared" for any situation.

    What a moron.

    December 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. abu

    Duhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Ron

    No one was going to attack us in "45 minutes." Especially Saddam Hussein. Get real! How stupid could our "intelligence" be?
    Good-bye W.

    December 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. M. Townsend

    Bush wants to blame the entire economic mess and the now confirmed recession since Dec 2007 on Fannie and Freddie or subprimes alone. Was not the cumulative interest rate reductions spanning nearly five years that fueled a housing boom that masked a stagnant economy nearly over the entire Bush years part of the bubble that included subprime. What if 10 billion a month over 5 years on Iraq had been available. This is nearly close to the 700 billion called on to bail out the economy.

    So many ifs but one president can not be so unlucky. Its either congress, politics, natural disaster (not the poor response to it), faulty intelligence, 911 and terrorism, or plain bad luck. There's got to be some self responsiblity somewhere.

    December 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Linda VA

    "G" you got that right .

    December 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Rumsfeld

    No saving your legacy at this point, Sir. Not so much politics as it was corruption and bending of the "rules" to serve your own administrative designs. Pres. Bush became the puppet. This we knew would happen from the very beginning. Such a shame...

    December 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Mike

    It is ironic that it was Congress (controlled by the Dems) who stopped the regulation of Fannie and Freddie. I think there are many legitimate reasons to criticize Bush, but the housing debacle isn't one of them.

    December 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. chris

    More like McCain didn't get votes because of you.

    December 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Bart

    Did he have to consult one of his Rhodes scholar buddies to reach this conclusion?

    December 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. rec76

    And the latest from the files of Captain Obvious...

    December 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Carlos Marroquin

    He should be remember as the President who broke America!

    December 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. totally neutral

    'he can read a question but his IQ on worldy matters is about 43'
    42

    December 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. John -- White Plains, NY

    Of course....duh?!
    Homer Simpson has more brains than this moron...
    I feel sorry for Laura Bush...boy, she must be tired of dealing with the village idiot...

    December 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Michael, Houston Texas

    Uh yes and no, we did vote for President Obama but not of because of you only Dubbya, but because of the failed policies and the arrogance of your party. You don't get all the credit, or should I say blame for the butt kicking the Repubs took in 2006 and 2008. Now be quite and try not do anything stupid in the next 40 days.

    December 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Steve

    Well duh....

    December 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    Gee. Ya think?
    I think the Bush presidency caused a lot of people to wake up and smell the coffee.

    December 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Joe Nevada

    DINGLEBERRY has 48 more days to go...

    December 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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