August 5th, 2010
06:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama starts mentioning Bush by name

President Obama has twice mentioned former President Bush in speeches this week.
President Obama has twice mentioned former President Bush in speeches this week.

(CNN) – President Obama, moving into campaign mode ahead of the midterm elections, has added new, sharper language to his stump speech – twice this week invoking the name of his predecessor.

Obama frequently criticizes Republican policies on the economy – that is certainly nothing new. But the latest wrinkle in Obama's rhetoric is that until now, he has avoided referring to former President Bush by name. That changed this week.

Thursday marked the second time in a week that Obama has mentioned Bush. During a fundraiser in Chicago for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Obama said Republicans are "betting on amnesia" as trying to make the economy an issue in fall races around the country.

"They haven't come out with a single solitary idea that is different from policies that held sway for eight years before Democrats took over, not a single policy difference that's discernible from George W. Bush. Not one," he told the crowd at the Palmer House Hilton on Chicago.

Before about 400 donors, Obama said, "they're betting that you just forgot about the eight years that they were in charge of Washington. They're betting that you didn't notice that the recession started under their watch and the deficit started under their watch".

The comments were similar to remarks the President delivered at a party fundraiser in Atlanta Monday. In that speech he also referred to GOP efforts to "extend Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires."

Obama attended 3 fundraising events in Chicago Thursday, including two for the Democratic National Committee. He goes back on the road Monday for fundraising events in Texas.


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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Jane

    When you accept the job as the US president you inherit all that comes with it–the good and the bad. This president continues to live in the past and apparently will the entire time he is in office. It is time to stop playing the blame game and get on with life. We are sick and tired of hearing Bush this and Bush that; It will backfire on the democrats in the long run. I was a registered democrat but after 30 years have switched parties...am not happy with the direction the dems are taking this country. They have forgotten they WORK for the people not the other way around. It is time to read bills before they are passed, stop gov growth and spending, and get people real jobs that last longer than 6 months.

    August 5, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. RKB

    Time to move on and stop playing the blame game. Grow up Obama! It's getting really old hearing you blame Bush for everything. Act like a man.

    August 5, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. marie from michigan

    SO GLAD that he's reminding people of the dire consequences of 8 years of Bush-Cheney autocratic rule and their disdain for the American public. People seem to have a very short memory ... we were teetering on the economic edge in late 2008 and on the verge of a full-blown depression. The country's immediate economic outlook isn't rosy, but long-term we're on the right track. Eight years of Republican tax breaks for the wealthy and peddling lies to go to war in Iraq and what do we have to show for it? ... nearly 5,000 American lives lost and countless Iraq civilian lives lost, and where are THOSE JOBS that tax breaks were supposed to create in the private sector??

    August 5, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Stymie

    ubama is a disgrace and a dismal failure.

    August 5, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. CATom

    Democrats goin down....not because of bush or nasty, lying republicans. They are going down because of themselves.

    August 5, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    In less than 2 years Obama has destroyed over two hundred years of prestige, decorum and respect for the presidency. No wonder the rest of the world is now laughing at us and no respects us. We are in much more danger than before.

    August 5, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. jamesjoyce

    The President was indeed left a mess by the previous administration, but at some point he needs to end the blame game and show how his policies have made a difference.

    August 5, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Tom

    Obama is such a loser. wait till November

    August 5, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Jersey

    Let me ask anyone reading this – would your boss give you two years to fix a problem at work – regardless of who started it? If you could not fix it – would you still have a job?

    August 5, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Paul Lennon

    This is really sad.

    August 5, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. T, California

    For almost 2 years in the office, all Mr. Obama can do is telling people about how bad President Bush was. If that is all he can do then everyone can be the president of the U.S.. Mr. Obama, we voted for you so that you can tell us about President Bush?

    August 5, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Roger

    As you keep throwing stones to divert attention from your policies and your share of blame, remember that your ideas are bringing our Nation to the brink of foreclosure. Your rating in the polls are not just a delusion, they reflect your inexperience and incompetence. When you are replaced in 2012, please do not become an economist. Stop your continuous campaigning (and complaining) as you have fooled us once but it wont work again.

    August 5, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Augsbee

    I think it's time President Obama seeks President Clinton for administrative training. Obama needs to compare himself to President Clinton, realize Clinton came to the White House with lots of administrative experience as a Governor, had been in business and he didn't require on the job training as does Obama, because honestly, Obama needs administrative training.
    Maybe then he'll stop this juvenile behavior of trashing, insulting President Bush because he fears he can't win on his own merit, on his job performance.

    August 5, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. blue

    Thanks, Mr. President, it is about time to put the blame where it belongs. No one in History had done what Bush did to this country.

    August 5, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Frank

    What a suprise! Of course it is all Bush's fault and Nobama has not been responsible for anything sour in this country!!!! Man, the nerve is clown has is unmatched (well perhaps Nancy Pelosi has as much)! We'll show them the door in 2010 and 2012!!!

    August 5, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. billyboy

    i would be happy to never hear Bush again in my life!

    August 5, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Mark

    What do you expect? He knows the Democrats are in trouble, so he starting to grab into his bag of dirty tricks. He can't take the high road like Bush has done. George W. Bush should be commended for his restraint and good nature, something that could not be found in Clinton and can now not be found in Obama. Whatever. It doesn't matter. The Democrats are going to lose both the House and Senate in September, and then the White House in 2012. Obama knows it.

    Funny that at a time where Bush's approval rating is higher than Obama's, our president has to start lashing out at the guy he's looking up at. Nice.

    August 5, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. GuyinVA

    Is anyone surprised? We've heard this for 19 months now. I would imagine many Representatives and Senators would prefer to run as Bush opponents rather than Obama supporters.

    Wow. Three fund raising events in Chicago. Free kneecappings for everyone! Leave your wallet at the door, and please wait 8 hours before canceling your credit cards.

    August 5, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. james

    Mr Obama...you are mentioning the right name.

    August 5, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. RR

    Usually, Presidents and ex-Presidents have a lot of respct for each other refrain from commenting on each other's job.

    I guess this is "change." Throw out civility and tradition.

    August 5, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Bryant

    Oh well; so much for his call for less devisive politics and an end to bringing up the past. Guess that's what happens come election time.

    August 5, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. drew

    Obama is without class and is the farthest thing from Presidential a President of the US has ever been. The man-child still employs methods used on the playground to communicate disagreements. I firmly believe at this point, he looks in the mirror and sees his hair going grey, and aims to be a one term president which explains the terrible, anti-american, anti-business, anti-constitutional agenda he pushes.

    August 5, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Blogson

    Obama needs to be careful in his attacks on Republicans. He surrounded himself with many who were a part of both Bush's (and Clinton's) administrations, whose policies in part caused many of the domestic and overseas problems facing the U.S. Much of the supposed recovery efforts from the recession have been borne on the backs of seniors and others who rely upon income from savings, with interest rates now virtually at zero. Meanwhile, the bailouts have primarily benefited those who caused the recession in the first place. He has expanded Bush's war in Afghanistan, and his announced plans for combat troop withdrawal from Bush-invaded Iraq reportedly are a cover for a reported 50,000 troops who will remain as "advisers." There is nearly as much spin emanating from the Obama White House as there was from the Bush/Cheney administration.

    August 5, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Bassman

    Huffington Post is at it again. Making stories up. This time they claim George W. Bush pushed back publication of his memoirs, "Decision Points," out of fear that a public reminder of his presidential legacy would hurt Republicans heading into November's midterm elections.

    POLITICO has debunked this lie.

    August 5, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. TTommy

    Our whiner in chief is getting desperate. He is falling so fast in the polls, it's not enough anymore to drop subtle hints. Now he has to call out the former president by name. He reminds me of a spoiled, petulant child. He refuses to accept blame for an administration which has bungled everything they have touched and lost touch with the American people. Americans are sick and tired of Obama always blaming others for his failures. I just wonder how many people would have voted for him two years ago knowing what a disaster he has been since then.

    August 5, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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