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. jules sand-perkins

    Doesn't President Obama realize by now that he should not campaign for a second term? He will never win with his failures to restore the economy and his amazing national debt increase.
    Any campaigning he does on behalf of other Democrats only hurts their chances of election.
    The President should relax and enjoy the rest of his one-term presidency with golf vacations and free rides in his 747.

    August 5, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. jeff in SF

    That's fair enough – the Republican party is recycling the Bush agenda while trying to erase all trace of the embarrassing & poisonous Bush brand name.

    But as long as American voters think in terms of names and faces rather than policies, what else can you do?

    August 5, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Richard

    He's just trying to cover up all the crap he has done while he has been in office. He is non-American as non-American can be. He has destroyed the constitution. Ask him where he was born and he will lie to you. Can't you people see this?

    August 5, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    prop 8 cast down Kagan confermed. Good week Mr President. Lets keep up the momentum. and wipe the repos out. Now is a great time to spend some money on the economy. lots of good buys out there. So go ahead take that vacation buy that TV or new outfit. lets all contribute to the DNC and get this thing going

    August 5, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. silvertop

    All I can say is that this man who holds the highest office in our lands has no class.
    I disagree with his policies, but I always want to respect the man at the office of the presidency. He is making it very hard for us to do so.

    August 5, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Jason

    Keep it up Obama. If you do Hilary will have the nomination in 2012.

    August 5, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Dale

    Repubs will never see it or admit it.

    August 5, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. U.S. Common Sense

    Seriously ... this guy is suppose to be the President? Why can't he grow up and act like one? Each time he pokes at Bush, all he is doing is making Bush to appear to be the better person.

    August 5, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. jeb bush

    as long as the dems stick to the "blueprint" ; robert creamers; the dirty secerts that the republicans don't want you to know. an op-ed in the huffpo. the democrats will only pull the curtain back on this party and the lies and illusions they represent coming into nov. also the reagan doctrine is also another scam or bait and switch tactic that palin or grizzly mama is trying to harp on..... also will somebody tell them [repubs] its the 21st century ... please and mama grizzly's continued goating at the president, just consider the source and tell fox hannity and rush to quit dictating and writing her talking points.

    August 5, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Doug, Atlanta

    Please Mr Obama, grow up and be the President you so much sought for. If you spent as much energy creating jobs as you do faulting others maybe we could start to recover. Enough is enough..

    August 5, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Tom P

    When you can not sell the merits of your (Obama) programs you talk about the old competition (Bush) instead. It looks like the Dems are getting desperate and hoping old tricks will work again. They have had control of the House for two sessions and the WH and Senate for 2 years, does anyone see any accomplishments other than a irresponsible spending spree, depressed economy, rising un-employment, falling house prices, increased taxes (both announced and hidden), total disregard of the publics wishes on almost every issue, and the take-over of some private industry and financial firms, suing a US state for trying to protect its citizens and property and on and on. President Bush is looking better every day and that is a scary thought.

    August 5, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Ann

    Weren't the democrats in control of the House the last 4 years of Bush?

    August 5, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Tony

    When will NOBAMA realize that he is President and the blame game is over. People are on to him. He has nothing. He can only blame and attack. Keep it up and Repubs are rolling in Nov.

    August 5, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. BO

    The sooner this idiot gets fired, the better.

    August 5, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Dwayne

    Time for Obama to put his big girl panties on and realize that he is the POTUS. He looks like a pretty crappy leader when he cannot take ownership of his position. Democrats have been in charge of congress and US spending for 4 years now. The only reaction he will get by mentioning Bush is alot of eye rolls. He has increaded the deficit a hell of alot more than Bush ever did–and Bush actually dealt with a terrorist attack that cause the economic downturn to worsen dramatically.

    August 5, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. Denny

    In 2013 the next president will be blaming Obama, by name.

    August 5, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Louisiana Man

    Finally-Obama has found his spine.

    The recipe for a disastrous administration and the near ruination of our country-
    9-11 attacks-deploying our troops to a deceitful war-profiting off of dead soldiers in flag draped coffins-bestowing tax breaks on his wealthy cronies-legislating Rx Part D benefits-illegal wire tapping-

    Borrowing from our good friends, the Chinese, to pay for above expenidures- resuling in -
    the biggest budget deficit our country has ever endeared

    Yes- put the blame squarely on idoit bush and money grubbing cheney

    August 5, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Beck

    Oh boy! Here we go again haha. Obama has to stop pointing the blame (as he said he would) and accept responsibility. The truth is that his ideas are not working and will do anything to get elected even if that means lying to the American public. If I would've known then what I know now, I wouldn't have voted for him.

    August 5, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. welches, oregon

    Obama and the Democratic Party need to remind people over and over who tried to ruin this great country just so some could get richer.

    They Stole Our Money.
    They Killed our young soldiers.
    They killed uncounted innocent Iraqi people.

    They should be prosecuted but I guess Obama forgot that promise.

    August 5, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. John Johnson

    During the 8 years of Bush we never had 9.6% unemployment, lackluster growth, deficits beyond imagination, and failed stimulus programs. You can say whatever you want about Bush but he knew how to keep the economy humming along.

    The difference is that the party in power has never has a single solitary idea that works.

    August 5, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Louisiana Man

    Finally-Obama has found his spine.

    The recipe for a disastrous administration and the near ruination of our country-
    9-11 attacks-deploying our troops to a deceitful war-profiting off of dead soldiers in flag draped coffins-bestowing tax breaks on his wealthy cronies-legislating Rx Part D benefits-illegal wire tapping-

    Borrowing from our good friends, the Chinese, to pay for above expenditures- resulting in -
    the biggest budget deficit our country has ever endeared

    Yes- put the blame squarely on idoit bush and money grubbing cheney

    August 5, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Hawkster

    And he's right to do this because, otherwise, this country truly appears to suffer from amnesia, which is fueled by the right-wing media that constantly creates its own version of the facts and history. It really is hard to imagine that we would allow those who got us into this mess get control again until they can actually come up with some solutions that don't wreck (again) the country.

    August 5, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. MA

    First time in our history our nation elected a BLAMER IN CHEF

    August 5, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. hoeech

    The GOP is relying heavily on amnesia...and denial.

    August 5, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. Triple A

    This is news?? He has blamed the Bushman for pretty much everything, it no longer has any kind of merit other than being laughable. The same with racist, they call most of America racist so many times for so long that that no longer has any merit either. I cannot wait for the Novembers...both of them

    August 5, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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