August 6th, 2010
12:20 PM ET
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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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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    Like it or not, he's the one who got us into 2 wars and he's the one whose economic policies put us where we are today. Obama's only been in office for 2 years and the Republicans have been fighting him every step of the way. There's no way we're going to turn this thing around overnight. Going back to the policies of the previous administration sure won't help.

    August 6, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Captain Awesome

    dumocrats are desparate. They've been in power for almost four years and everything collapsed under their watch. We have a bad jobs report, thousands of Americans are out of work and losing their homes and meanwhile, Michelle Obama is jet setting in luxury in Spain. They can try to run against Bush if they want, but it won't work. The democrats' logic is like Swiss Cheese: full of holes.

    August 6, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Lee

    Only Democrats are stupid enough to keep believing the "blame Bush" mantra. Obama has spent us into a hole that will take us years to recover from and all we keep hearing is how they want to spend more. We would never had had Reagan without the loser Carter and I am sure voters will elect a strong President after 4 years of this louse Obama.

    August 6, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Blaum

    If you have nothing to be proud of.... then I guess you have to blame Bush....

    the funny thing is..... unfortunately for the Dems... the great American public is not that dumb....

    Own something, Barry.... you are so small and so childish to look back. You should try to accomplish something that America wants and then be proud of it....

    sorry if it's not in you.... you're just a terrible leader... true story.

    August 6, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. joe

    When is the great liberal hero going to stop this with the Bush thing. You note that he is not doing anything but that. Why isnt he touting all he has done to better the country? The answer is simple-HE HAS DONE NOTHING. That folks iswhy he is still bashing Bush. He has nothing else to brag about. Every program is entirely unpopular with the American electorate. The American people are tired of this Bush bashing. They can see thru it all. Good luck in November.

    August 6, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Lucullus

    It's a sad day for America when the people of this country are so bloody stupid that they have to be reminded again and again who is responsible for the mess we are in. For years the Republicans shouted give us a chance and let us show you what we can do! We gave them the chance and they looted the treasury, gave their friends a free ride, destroyed our good name around the world, peed on the constitution and wiped their asses with the Bill of Rights. And after all that the American people have forgotten it all. No wonder this country is in the mess it's in.

    August 6, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. doug

    Pure hatrid, lies, and a lack of self responsibility will make you a hero of any Democrat but that's not going to work on independents.

    If America represented the ticker then Obama would not have to worry about Conservatives. We would all have been put into ovens a long time ago.

    August 6, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. No surprise

    All the Dems do is blame Bush. They think citizens are dumb and will forget that the Democrats controlled Congress since 2006 and the White House since 2008.

    August 6, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Randy

    If they do it the Republicans will have a pretty easy out. George Bush is not on the ballot.

    August 6, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Brian in MD

    With some exceptions (such as Obamacare), Obama's policies are pretty much the same as Bush's.

    August 6, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. vic

    Tea party want voters to forget Bush this a tactics remind voters the 8 years

    August 6, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. gt

    to say thats getting old is a understatement.. heck ..why not blame the british for our problems or the confederate states... your in charge act like it....

    August 6, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Nope. It's only going to make the democrats appear that they can't run on their record. And their record is pitiful.

    August 6, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. seebofubar

    Obama, you're not even qualified to qualified to drive Bush's car. No doubt Bush made some huge mistakes (alowing the democrats in congress to destroy the economy) but compared to you he's a 63% of this country think you are doing poorly at your job. Your approval rating 18 months after taking office is 20% lower than Bush's. Actually, your approval rating has dropped fasted than any other president in recent history!

    August 6, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    Looking back on the history of humans ..... you have people and organizations that either helped humanity or tried to enslave and distroy it! The history books are filled with the good and bad people and groups. As we evolve, we learn from our failures and sucesses and as a result we become (hopefully) smarter and better as humans. If we ignore the past and history we will continue to repeat the same mistakes and not improve or grow. The Republican Party has always ignored and lied about the past history of politics and the failure of their organization. In the 20s and 30s they had the Great Depression, in the mid 60s they fought against civil rights, in the 80s Regan distroyed the union workers, in the 90s they fought against Terri Shiavo's right to die, then to top it off in 2000, we had the greatest eight year fiasco of history with George W. Bush. You can ignore the history all you want, telling lie after lie to change the history of what happened, but it still will be taught in schools and around the world for years and years to come and if we don't talk about history and the past ... we are doomed. less

    August 6, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Tired of hearing that stupidity.

    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.

    Yet, with all of that assistance and help provided, all Obama wants to do, is blame Bush for his own failures. How pathetic.

    August 6, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. snow

    nobama is celebrating 71,000 new jobs but says nothing about the 176,000 jobs lost during the same time plus the 350,000 plus new first time unemployment numbers that came out for July. If this is the summer of recovery, we are indeed in real trouble.

    August 6, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. T'SAH from Virginia

    Obama has been in office for two years and so far, EVERYTHING is his fault – Immigration, Jobs, Economy, two Wars, the Gulf spill, Gays Rights – etc.

    BUT – what most tend to forget – because MOST have 'short term memory' – is that we were on the verge of a depression and after TWO YEARS/or LESS – WE'RE NOT!!!

    The Unemployment rate is STEADY – the war in Iraq is OVER – the Economy is UP – the Gulf DISASTER is almost fixed, Don't ask Don't Tell will be repealed, the war in Afghanistan will END also and Yes, he will resolve the Immigration laws that every President before him COULD NOT!!!!

    Yes, continue to BLAME Bush for the mess he got us into because of the "Short-Term-Memory-Syndrome" some people are suffering from today!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts want Americans to FORGET the past – BUT we WON'T!!

    August 6, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Bingo

    There are three things wrong with President Obama's continuing claim that the Republicans are the Party of No and that it is all President Bush's fault.
    First, President Bush isn't in office. It doesn't matter what happened on his watch; this is President Obama's watch and it's his responsibility.
    Second, even if it could be blamed on the Bush administration, it was the Democratic led Congress that put the budgetary policies in place or prevented President Bush's plans to fix the economy, in particular the sub-prime mortgage debacle, before it cratered. Oh, and the political strategy of "Just Say No" was established by Speaker Pelosi in 2007.
    Third, the continuing campaign mantra that the Republican Party is not offering any useful suggestions is simply a lie. In health care, the economy and illegal immigration the Republican Party has offered alternative programs but were rejected because they didn't fit the Democratic political agenda. I don't mind if President Obama claims that he won't accept the Republican suggestions because they do not fit with his agenda, but quit lieing to the American people about whether or not the Republicans are contributing.

    August 6, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. If you have nothing to be proud of....

    I have a lot to be proud of, remember 'Mission Accomplished'

    I am proud of the mission

    if nothing else it is fun to blame it on Bush, he really screwed us up terribly

    August 6, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Chuck Anahim, Ca

    Don't need to flog that dead horse, just point out that the horses with the R after their name in congress right now were there crowd cheering the war criminal on!

    August 6, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Glennis

    I think people are getting pretty fed up with the blame game.

    August 6, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. ghp

    Personally, I have not recovered from the 2008 collapse. The recession was worse than reported and those of you that think it is going to bounce back in two years are not facing reality. It will be a slow go and I certainly do not want to go back to the way it was. I will support this President that has done an excellent job considering he has no help from the Republicans. Republicans want an economy that stays stagnate, it will get them back in power.

    August 6, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    To talk about the present and not talk about Bush and the Republicans, is impossible.
    Have the Democrats done all they could? NO All that they should have? NO. But to not place the blame on where the problem originated on 2001-2008's legislative decisions cannot happen.
    We learn form our past.

    August 6, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. jeff jackson, alabama

    Bush got the blame for the attack on 911 after Clinton
    left our ground intelligence in shambles. That was only
    9 months after Clinton had been President.
    Now Bush is still to blame for problems in America
    after all this time Obama has been in charge?
    As Harry Truman(a democrat) once said:
    "THE BUCK STOPS HERE"
    Enough of Bush bashing already !!!!!!!

    August 6, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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