August 6th, 2010
12:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Will Bush-bashing help Democrats win over weary voters?

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Washington (CNN) - While he's not on the ballot, George W. Bush is still vital to the midterm election as far as the nation's top Democrat is concerned.

President Obama has made a point recently to invoke Bush's name in what many say is a calculated effort to remind voters of the previous administration's economic policies, which Democrats argue led to the worst recession in modern history.

On Monday, the president told those attending a Democratic fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia, that the GOP has not distinguished itself from Bush.

"They have not come up with a single solitary, new idea to address the challenges of the American people," Obama said. "They don't have a single idea that's different from George Bush's ideas ... not one."

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  1. Dave

    Another falt out lie from this President. MANY Republicans are distinguishing themselves from Bush in the most importnat area: Economics. They are for LESS government, LESS taxes, LESS spending.

    Bush screwed up and overspent. Obama is perpetuating the problem.

    Everysingle other issue in this country will fall into line and become manageable IF we have LESS government, LESS spending, and LESS taxes.

    It has been proven time and time again throughout our history but so many get into power and ignore it. Then there are the idiots on the far left who somehow think big controlling government is better than a big company. Show me in hisotry where a big controlling government does not become dangerous. You can not, it has never happened.

    August 6, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. a little sad

    Bush started us down this rabbit-hole, but blaming him is no longer relevant. We have to get out of the hole.

    The economy is very sensitive to perception, and the fear-mongering and lies that are deciminated by many members of the party of no are slowing the progress that is being made.

    However, though recovery is slower that we'd like, and slower than it could be, progress is being made. We have gone from losing 750K+ jobs a month to slowly adding them. We added close to 600K private sector jobs in the first half of 2010.

    Healthcare has passed and people who was uninsurable before will be able to get insurance.

    Now, if we could get the obstructionists to get the heck out of the way on some of the other pressing issues we would be much better off.

    August 6, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. normajean

    Bashing doesn't help any one but it's important to note that the president is being loudly blamed by confused people for everything in sight including things that he had nothing to do with and has inherited.from the previous administration. Let's be fair. He had more than enough to handle and then the Gulf oil spill hit. People were actually bashing him for his handling of that. Come on!

    August 6, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Ben in Texas

    "Bush bashing" is a loaded GOPer term. The more correct term is "historical fact".

    August 6, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. a little sad

    Rick McDaniel August 6th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

    Bush gave more assistance and time to Obama, between the election and the inauguration, to provide a smooth transition, than any sitting president i can recall, in decades.


    Yeah, he couldn't wait to turn over the economy he scuttled, the two wars he was failing at. He couldn't wait to get away from a population where even his staunchest supporters wanted him run out of town on a rail.

    It was admirable that he did have a smooth transistion, but it is a red herring to try to claim that a smotth transition can make up for the fact that Bush was transitioning a deeply wounded situation.

    August 6, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. tfc

    My mother is 92 years old and she says Bush was the worst president she has ever seen. The same people that are criticizing Obama now were looking the other way while Bush was destroying this country. Considering where we were when Obama took office, I think he has done a damn good job. I shudder to think where we would be if McCain/Palin had won.

    August 6, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Get Real

    I will not vote for any lame candidate that can only use that excuse as a reason to vote for them.

    August 6, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Dave

    NO! First of all, the democrats were also to blame for our economic woes due to the housing problem they created (by forcing banks to give loans to people who could not pay mortgages). Second, this President's policies have added to debt and deficits in dramatic fashion. Third, the stimulus programs have not worked. We lost another 100,000+ jobs just recently. Time to wake up to the facts America! Time for this administration to take responsibility for failure and change!

    August 6, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Gil

    I have been waiting for this. I would do a lot more than bash bush. He almost destroyed America financially with his pro business, pro Wall Street and pro Big Oil. We can't let the republicans have a second try at it. They may succeed next time! the party of No has got to go. Tell them that next November!

    August 6, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Dave

    President Obama has Congress and the Courts, and he has not been able to succeed in his agenda. Of course, the only success he has had is a lame health care bill that most American's don't want. He also forgets to enforce the border. His record is terrible and, although he does exactly the same things in Iraq and Afghanistan, he gets praise instead of attacks like Bush. The media is pathetic.

    August 6, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Mike in MN

    Bush bashing by Obama and the progressive idiots who call themselves Democrats just means that after almost 2 years they have nothing to sell that Americans are buying. So they go back to the 2008 campaign against Bush. Bush is out, Obama is in and Americans don't see things getting any better. Unemployment is worse, the deficts are worse, goverment spending is way up. Obama said the stimulus would make things much better than the are by now. Obama said that all his massive increase in spending and goverment would lead to great prosperity. But the CBO scoring on the last Obama budget that the Democrats are scared to pass before the elections shows average deficits over the next 10 years of 980 billion with 1.25 billion in 2020, right about where we are now. No improvement at all over the next 10 years. And the scoring includes the Bush tax cuts to the rich expiring, the same tax cuts the progressives say are the main fault for the defictis. Obama policies will destroy America.

    August 6, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Donna

    I am about sick to death of people bashing the Obama's for taking some vacation time. They are a family with young children. Are these children not allowed to be taken on a family vacation? Does being President mean the total end to your personal life? Get real people – wasn't it George W. the one that had taken the most vacation time over every other President in our history? Just because the Obama's are young and aren't total homebodies like Bush Jr's was doesn't mean they are not entitled to some time for themselves.

    August 6, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Jacob

    YES! it will work! memories are SHORT! we went through EIGHT YEARS OF HELL!!

    August 6, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Brian

    The private sector is sitting on 1.8 trillion dollars. The most money they have made in two years since this recession has started. Obama saved the nation from oblivion!!! and the party that brought us to that point has stone walled and impeded any form of a real recovery, and believe it or not they are reaping political gains by sowing hate and fear and offering absolutely no sloutions to the America ppl who lost virtually everything they have worked so hard for during their watch. So yes blame Bush!! we must demonize their policies so they to can change!! November send a clear messege to these (R) if you want to get in the game you have to change. Their governing style or lack there of will only lead to all out riots and mayhem How Americans will discern friend or foe during this time is anyones guess. America is a Melting Pot!!! Good Luck.

    August 6, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Meka

    Thank you President Obama, for your accomplishments. Not only did the REPUBLICAN PARTY PASS DE-REGULATIONS (Oil Spill, Georgia Peanut Factory Death's, Lead in Children Toys, etc.), but they have tried to BLOCK ALL REGULATION'S that the Democrats have tried to pass . . . INCLUDING, REPUBLICAN'S APOLOGZING TO BP FOR HAVING TO COMPENSATE THE GULF!!!


    August 6, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. demo

    Mr. President, please be a man and take responsibility. This is exactly what is wrong with our society. We are teaching our children and future generations to blame someone else instead of taking responsibility.

    August 6, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Can't we all just get along?

    Bush was an illegitimate president who should have been arrested and put on trial for violating his oath of office and the Constitution. He did so much damage to this country, it'll take years for President Obama to get us out of it. Thank goodness we have a good president now who is trying to undo all the damage.

    Will bashing Bush help the democrats? Why weren't they bashing Bush in 2000 and 2004 when the First/Fourth/Fifth Amendment destroyers were also destroying this country? Maybe if the sheeple had realized the truth about Bush, we wouldn't have had the embarrassment of him for 8 years.

    August 6, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. BILL, WI

    If the Democrats have a plan lets hear it. Identify one thing you did not like that happened under Bush and suggest a solution to change it. Otherwise you will just sound like a little whiny kid on the playground.

    August 6, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. nini

    I miss Bush.

    August 6, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Mike in MN

    While Obama is bashing Bush Americans are bashing Obama.
    Obama wants to actually take credit for very small and inadequate private sector jobs increases in July. Job increases that don't even keep up with population growth. And the fact is that July lost jobs overall with the end of temp cencus jobs, the same jobs Obama bragged about creating a few months ago. Unemployment still 9.5%.
    If you go back to the graph Obama and his experts created back when the stimulus was passed, you will see that Obama predicted the stimulus would keep unemployment for ever going beyond 8%. And you would also see that the same graph would show that if they did nothing that at this point in time unemployment would be less than 9.5%. Not only did the stimulus not keep unemployment at 8% but it has also made things worse than, according to Obama and his brilliant economic experts, if the stimulus had not been passed.

    August 6, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. It's Not Bush "Bashing" - It's Only Reminding People . . .

    That going back to the bush policies is like giving your car keys back to the drunk driver who just wrecked it.

    August 6, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Get A Grip

    That's what inept people do....they bash other people because they can't get the job done.....Oblammer proves that everyday...nothing new here.

    August 6, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. bubbajoe

    It's about time the Dear Leader grew a pair and started taking some of the heat for his failed economic policies. Americans are getting tired of his passing the buck everytime his policies contributes to a down turn in the economy. I'm aauming it's a part of the hopey, changey thing.

    August 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Expat American

    The focus should be on the here and now and improving the lives of American citizens – today.

    Reverting back to blaming Bush at this point doesn’t accomplish anything.

    Bush’s failures are academic; much like the actual definition of the ‘values’ in 2004 which granted him an additional 4 years to continue to fail as President.

    August 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Mark

    How's that hope and change working out for ya? November 09, both houses to repubs and blockage of Nobama's Socialist Experiment.

    August 6, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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