WASHINGTON (CNN) – A day after former President George W. Bush seemed to criticize the Obama administration for departing from a number of his anti-terrorism policies, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fired back.
Asked about Bush's remarks during Thursday's press briefing Gibbs had a simple response. "We won," Gibbs told reporters.
In a vigorous defense of his own national security policies during a speech in Pennsylvania Wednesday, Bush appeared to take issue with the new administration's early decision to close the detention center in Guantanamo Bay and ban the use of aggressive interrogation techniques.
"I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor," Bush said, according to a report by the Washington Times. "I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind."
Gibbs said Thursday that the American people had made their own decision about battling terror.
"I think we've had a debate about individual policies. We had that debate in particular – we kept score last November and we won," Gibbs said.
Gibbs also responded Thursday to the former president's remarks that appeared to be directed at the Obama administration's unprecedented involvement in the private sector in the middle of the financial and economic crisis that began last fall at the end of Bush's tenure.
"President Obama believes that the free market is what governs our economic principles, and looks forward to getting out of the business of being involved in banks and in auto companies," Gibbs said.
–CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney contributed to this report.
Unfortunately for all of us, Gibbs is right – Obama won. The country is sobering up to that fact, as the unpleasant consequences of Obama's election are being felt.
Gibbs came across as arrogant by saying "We won"
He should have said. - "Bush ignored millions of voices when he was in power. Let me return him the favor by not responding to his comments."
Bush did not take aim at obama, he took aim at his policies. The Democrates won, but the American people lost.
"I think we've had a debate about individual policies. We had that debate in particular – we kept score last November and we won."
Someone kindly remind that dolt Gibbs that Obama didn't run against Bush. So in terms of "individual policies," (at least compared to Bush) "you" didn't win, Gibbs. In terms of whether the American people "won," only time will tell on that.
"We won?" what garbage. acorn won the election for this fraudulent non citiizen. the polls are already showing BO is losing his rock star status.
Gibb is an idiot. That sounds like the one I used to use in 3rd grade: "Oh yeah, my dad can beat up your dad!!"
Gibb doesn't have a logical policy response to Bush so he reverts to score keeping.
What an idiot...couldn't the Chosen One find a better mouthpiece?
Funny, Obama beat Mcain... so did Bush.. whats your point.. get the facts right. Let the Bush Hating begin
Newsflash to Gibbs : The debate is not over.
Robert Gibbs is a DA and needs to go. He's cocky attitude is so annoying....one day he'll get his due. OBAMA needs to hire someone intelligent like CJ Craig to get his fictional agenda across to the American public in a intellectual manner.
If we're keeping score – unemployment was supposed to be under 8% since the bailout – Obama says now we'll hit 10%. Obama promised Gitmo would be closed – with no plan in place now or then, no politician in the US is stepping up to say "I'll take them in my state." Once people took a look at the check for universal health care, even Obama's biggest supporters are getting cold feet. We'll see who the scorekeepers are in 2010 and 2012. Funny how unemployment in Obama's home state is officially over 10% and Gitmo prisoners are living it up on the beach in Bermuda – "Change" has become a joke.
And Chicken Little said the sky was falling! Or was it the other Chicken Little?
"..We Won..", it was stupid, arrogant, inmature, & disrepectful when it was said the first time & it STILL IS....
Our countrys biigest fear is that the idiots we replaced last election have been replaced by idiots with the same mindset, idiots only pursuing Power at all costs...
I would just like to thank President Bush for reminding everyone why the Party of No" was so severely trashed in the last election.
I hope that he keeps up regular appearances as a reminder to all Americans about his eight years of arrogance, corruption and incompetence.
Yes, because looking at the nation's safety after 5 months of Obama's reign is akin to looking at Bush's 8 yrs. Give it time...Bush may have the last laugh in this matter. After all, after 9/11, under his policies there were no more terrorist attacks on American soil. Dems may have won an election, but I think it's FAR too early to claim victory on anything other than that.
Funny that this administration consistently persists in reducing this (and other issues) into a childish schoolyard boast of "we won". I can't think of a more childish and petty manner of "dissing"/ dismissing/ degrading the previous administration. "We won, we won, so we don't have to listen to you anymore!" To me, its just sad that we have to hear it from the lips the president and his representatives, come on can we grow up a little bit (or at the very least stay silent).