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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.

    Cut me a break! Are you freaking kidding?

    It is quite true that Bush had nothing but time on his hands. He SUCKED at his job as is evidenced by what he left behind as HIS LEGACY: A BANKRUPT COUNTRY, AMERICAN JOBS SENT OVERSEAS, & HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DEAD ABROAD FOR NO REASON!!!

    Don't sit up there at your keyboard acting as if you were part of the White House transition staff . When somebody screws up at the level and magnitude that Bush did the LEAST they can do is show the guy that's going to be left to clean up the crap where the freaking mop is!

    August 6, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Oh, come on people. By now everyone knows that all of W's ideas and policies came from either Darth Cheney or Grand Moff Rove. He was just their puppet spokesman. As for the Nopublicans in the House and Senate – I am still waiting for them to say what they will do outside of repealing everything that passed over the last 18 months. Also, could their repeals survive a Presidential Veto?
    As for me, I just hope the rest of the Republican primaries are won by Tea Party endorsed candidates who successfully turn off any Independent voters who may have cast a ballot for them!

    August 6, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. tRUTH

    let us not forget BUSH/Cheney was the worst mistake that was forced upon us, GO DWEMOCRATS they are bestfor the USA

    August 6, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Why is it called "bashing?" How about if we call it what it is: reminding everyone how we got in the financial mess we're in!

    Supply-side (give to the rich and take from the middle class) economics simply doesn't work. The wealthy use their windfall profits to buy new toys and great vacations, not start new businesses!

    August 6, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Like it or not, the country was in the crapper before Obama was sworn in in January 2009.

    August 6, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    Without any doubt the Bush-Cheney presidency was the worst ever. This was obvious in their arrogant and belligerent attitude, their irresponsible concentration on a private agenda to benefit only the few and the resulting drastic costs and problems. Since then the Republican Party has been obnoxious and equally irresponsible in criticizing and obstructing all efforts to address the problems, without ever providing anything positive and rather with just being totally focused on their political ambitions at all cost and without any conscience. Their strong supporters, those who greatly benefit from those actions, have consistently, both overtly and covertly, attempted to reassign blame for the problems and to use subterfuge to manipulate and control public opinion. They try to hold the Obama administration responsible for the problems while actually seeking to maintain the problems and to then sway people’s thinking and to thus support their regaining power. All of this clearly indicates a complete lack of conscience and an irresponsible, self-serving gross dishonesty.

    Without debating the value of Republican v Democratic principals / philosophies and instead recognizing that the aforementioned actions really represent neither and rather present just a totally self-serving mentality and course of action that can’t possibly ever benefit the majority of Americans, as was already proven, it then simply becomes reasonable just to ask “Why aren’t all Americans insulted and offended by being taken for granted and then totally alienated by the constant deceptive efforts being undertaken and the costs inherent in those actions?” We could really use both parties to be responsible and honest in using bipartisan cooperation to fine tune all efforts and to resolve the problems, but with that being withheld for political advantage, then the deceptive efforts and the irresponsibility should be recognized and totally rejected. That is really the only way we will ever get the return and benefit of the real Grand Ole Party. To now condone or to be conned into returning to more of the same would be a disaster that once again serves only the interests of the few.

    August 6, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Technowired


    Funny how Republican Presidents are never Responcible for problems that occure On their Watch or Off...Yet 8 years later they are quick to blame Democrats for everything.

    August 6, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Ted

    The Bush policies put us right where we are now. Economy down the toilet, raging deficits because of the two stupid wars, and the Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA the Party of NO is not helping at all. The GOP has no ideas or solutions other than give more tax breaks to the wealthy, a signature policy of Bush.

    So yeah, Bush is the reason why everything stinks right now. Him and his party of ignorant morons.

    August 6, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Time to stop blaming the Tsar of Torture, the Baron of Bank Bail outs, the Guru of government growth, the Rajah of rendition, the dean of debt and deficit, and move on.

    August 6, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Scott in Atlanta

    Not "Bush-bashing". Just giving credit where credit is due. I would love to see Democrats put together a TV commercial of all of the Republicans being "for it before they are against it..." on every issue/initiave that President Barack Obama has attempted or done.

    August 6, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Capt. Snarky

    You can't blame Bush forever. Man up, Barack.......

    August 6, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Larry

    The President isn't bashing Bush, he's telling the truth.

    Bush is a corrupt, incompetent idiot who nearly destroyed this country.

    August 6, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. bfranklin

    Yo...Morons......All of the Bush critics seem to forget that 9/11 happened a short time into Bush's presidency, yet I see posts here blaming him for that Not to mention what that singular event did to our economy.
    Secondly, much of the economies around the world have been struggling, was that Bush's fault as well?
    Finally, a few months ago the Obama administration was taking credit for jobs numbers that included the temporary census workers, today they are poo-pooing job loss numbers by saying that much of thise losses were temporary census jobs. You can't have it both ways Mr President.

    August 6, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Jon

    American people will remember when election comes, blaming someboby will not solve any problems. The best thing for Obummy to do is to man up, yes man up, to take up his responsibility American people elected him to do. Obama has sabotaged everything that this country feel dearly. When the things are going wrong, blame Bush will not get DemoCRUPTs elected.

    August 6, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bush bashing is called for because republicans want to keep Bush's tax cuts in place. Dems are just calling a spade a spade.

    August 6, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Chipster

    The Labor Department reported 524,000 jobs lost in December 2008, 533,000 jobs lost in November 2008, 320,000 in October 2008, and 403,000 in September 2008.

    I don't care who's to blame but the policies that got us there certainly needed to change. VooDoo economics is a failure. Do you seriously want to go back to that?

    August 6, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. katiec

    We cannot forget what Bush and republicans did to this country. We must always keep in mind that they were and continue to be supportive of Wall St and the rich over the survival of us and our country.
    Their policies, decisions brought our country to it's knees and yet, they are obstructing everything because they do not want improvement, have goals to destroy our president and will do everything they can, regardless of how low they have to stoop to win. What they do not realize is that the American people are not fools and will not stand for their continued destruction.
    They are a disgrace as politicians and most certainly do not represent the Ameican people.

    August 6, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Steph

    It's not Bush bashing, it's just stating facts. It amazes me that anyone would still want to defend someone who created 2 wars that he couldn't end (remember, we would be greeted as liberators, find the hidden WMD's and really be able to celebrate Mission Accomplished), drove the economy into the ditch (this horrible recession started in the fall of 2007 – can't blame Pres. Obama for took years of deregulation and creating a climate where we rewarded companies for sending jobs overseas), and doing absoultely nothing about illegal immigration (Pres. Obama's administration raids more businesses and deports more illegal immigrants than the Bush White House did). I could go on but you get my point!

    August 6, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Paul H

    Bush was a Democrat when it came to spending. He may have had conservative values in the areas of abortion, religion, and strong military but the guy spent a surplus that Bill Clinton of all people built up. And he started the bailout game.
    Obama is more of the same, and then some. Obama is Bush on steroids, and amped up with a very liberal agenda though.
    Big bad government in our living rooms.

    August 6, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. New Age Independant

    The Democrat platform is now consistently falling back on the blame game or the race card. Their tax and spend methods only put our economy at more risk. Dems have the power in both the house and senate, yet they still blame Republicans? Nothing that they have done has worked. If you were a company board member and your CEO had the same record, you'd fire him. I see no difference with Obama here.

    After two more years of failure, what will Democrats be saying then?

    August 6, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Capt. Snarky

    Lucullus Wrote:::::::::::::::: August 6th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

    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. Democrats 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.

    Lucy – I just changed the wording of your statement to reflect our current situation. Remarkably similar to that which you attribute to the "Bush years", No?????????????????

    August 6, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Chris - Denver

    Well, it is Bush's fault that the country was in the state it was in when Bush left office. Whom else would one blame? Certainly not the man who has made so much progress in cleaning it up, right? Right? Hello?

    August 6, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Jonathan

    People are tired of this.

    August 6, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. get real

    Who cares...heck, some of you republicans are still blaming Clinton.

    August 6, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Eric in Manhattan

    Do you really think that if the shoe were on the other foot, Bush/Cheney/Rove would have even waited this long to blame Obama? You forget the viciousness of this cabal toward anyone they thought was not towing the line. Need I mention Valerie Plame? Obama is not so much blaming Bush, but reminding us that 18 months is a short time to attempt to correct the mistakes of the past.

    August 6, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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