August 6th, 2010
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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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  1. Justjean

    Bush isn't on the ballot, but his supporters ARE. For years, many Americans strove to get ONE Republican senator or Representative to say, "Hey George, what are you DOING?" but we could not.

    All we ever hear from Republicans is that Bush did not go far enough. God help us. Will they not stop until 90% of us are slaves to the rich and powerful?

    As for me and mine. We remember fine and don't really need the reminding, but those on the fence may. It is worth NEVER forgeting – almost on a par with "Never again!"

    As the President says, "NO, they can't have the keys back again." As far as many of us are concerned, I think, the new silent majority, not EVER again.

    August 6, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. mms55

    i'm sorry but anyone who would vote for a republican after the 8 yrs. of bush is a moron.i hope the american people are smarter than that but we all know their not,its a shame.

    August 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Is faux news and tub of lard telling their minions to come beat up on the President on this website?
    I'll answer one of your right wing nutsos only
    @binbo – 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.
    Yes, and we are in the mess we are just because of what you just wrote. It IS bush's fault that we are in the hole we are in in so many ways.
    President Obama is trying to pull us up gut your rethugs in congress want him to fail. They don't realize that when the President fails we, as a country, also fail.
    That makes as much sense as your ugly quitter talking about things she knows absolutely nothing about.

    August 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. November

    Bush bashing just makes Obama look pathetic. Hardly presidential. Leaders don't point fingers at someone else for each thing that goes wrong. Who can rely on someone like that? They're just saying they're powerless when they do that over and over again. Time for a change...

    August 6, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    The problem with Bush 2 was that he shortsightedly allowed others to lead him, not he lead the others in the details. I think that the same could be said of Reagon and Bush 1. Clinton clearly followed his own drum beat and Obama can be said to be doing the same only with much deeper thought because he has to. The problem is conservatism. And the problem of who needs to be hammered is clear. Let me be clear, to be 'fiscally reasponsible' is a good thing, however being 'fiscally conservative' or 'truely conservative' in this day and age means twisting, spinning and distorting of facts to allow only the top tier to prosper at the demise of the ordinary. The facts and acts are everywhere. Who are the puppets and who are the puppet masters? Please think about it. Who's pullin' the strings. We are all being snookered and suckered, well...maybe I'm not.

    August 6, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Hey its election season, the libs always bring out and play the class warfare, the race card, the republicans will kill you if you are not rich theme, They have done it for over 40 years and in conjunction with the NEA, they state run media and the unions that represent so many people that can't think for themselves, they have been somewhat successful. The world has changed tremendously since 2006 when the libs lied their way in to control of Congress, but they are so busy catering to the dope smokers they represent, they haven't noticed. Most of them had their glory moments in the 60's and think they are still there. As far as Obozo, he is just a shill for the unions killed off our manufacturing and are now theatening to destroy out public service jobs, with their lazy work habits and outrageous demands.

    August 6, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Naqib

    The Dems have had legislative control for 4 years... prior to that all was well...
    They trashed it in 48 months... 4.6 unemployed, 250K new jobs a quarter, 13000 DOW.... all gone...

    Blame Bush all you want... we know when the Dems got the house and senate... and we also know when they are going to lose it... 90 days and counting

    August 6, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. No worries

    Economy Sheds 131,000 Jobs
    Unemployment Remains at 9.5%
    Private Job Growth Is Tepid
    Obama Economic Adviser Resigns

    I hear the Bush book is due out.
    So they've got that going for them.

    August 6, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. MW

    Obama is reminding people about the mindset and philosophy that brought us to the brink of disaster. Most of the people who burnished these policies are still around. It is good to be reminded that fire is hot.

    Moving forward, Obama needs to keep going after it. This deep recession is going to last a while. For all of the people who think that jobs will be created overnight, they should be reminded that we live in the real world.

    August 6, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Minesh - troy, MI

    Democrats have no major victories to show which people can believe- so the same old play book – Blame Republicans.

    In Michigan, even after 8 years of governorship, our lady Granholm blames former Governor Engler!

    August 6, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Really???

    RepubliKKKans say not to blame it on the last guy who has been gone 18 months, yet they blamed Clinton in 2006 & 2007 for the sub-prime mess – after they had control of Congress and the Pres for 6 or 7 years!!!! As always, it's do as we say, not as we do.

    August 6, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. sammieb51

    Only 34% of Americans know TARP was enacted by Bush ... AIG Bailout - Bush ... Homeland Security formed under Bush ... 11.5 Trillion Dollar Debt under Bush ... Folks need reminding. 66% of Americans think Obama enacted TARP, bailed out AIG and all the wallstreet banks (!), is growing government like never before and printing money. I Thank God Every Day that Obama is in leading the country and NOT McCain/Palin bringing Jed Clampet to life every day on my tax dollar. Can't even begin to imagine the CHAOS we would be living in! You want the Bush years back, vote GOP!!

    August 6, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. The Dude

    It's an unmitigated FACT that Bush and the Republicans deficit spent us into oblivion, and now they have the audacity to whine about Democrats and a lack of fiscal responsibility? Bush RUINED our economy with his idiotic tax giveaways.

    August 6, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. water bearer

    It really isn't Bush BASHING. It's simply stating the truth about why the country is in the shape it's in and being realistic about how long it's going to take to fix things. Especially considering there is one political party who has decided that the best way for them to get back in power is to do everything they can to make sure nothing gets fixed!

    Here's an analogy for those of you bright enough to know what "analogy" means:

    You have two small boys. One boy throws a football in the house at the other boy. The second boy misses the football and it breaks a vase. The second boy tries to clean up the broken glass before Mom gets home but can't get it all cleaned up in time. Do you blame the second boy for not getting it cleaned up in time or do you blame the first boy who threw the football in the first place???

    August 6, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Massachusetts Independent

    Americans did not vote for Obama to hear him blame every problem on Bush. Americans voted for him to lead and make change. If I just wanted someone who would blame Bush, I could vote for my very smart dog -- and he does not like pork.

    August 6, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. hangemhi

    Our economy started a downward spiral in '06 and then President Bush told the American people the economy is fine. He continued preaching that as banks started to fail. Buried his head in the sand until our economy fell into the abyss and now some expect me to blame the current President for the sad state of our economy. Our president is doing what needs to be done inspite of the interferance from the noise makers who would have us revert to the same policies that got us here in the first place. We are going the right direction, a slow sustained recovery.

    August 6, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. sammieb51

    Bill Clinton - raised taxes (funded) and created 22 Million Jobs in 8 years.
    George Bush - lowered taxes for (unfunded) and created 3 Million Jobs in 8 years.
    Barrack Obama - Taxes??? – created 2.8 Milllion jobs in 1.5 years.

    Apparently folks have forgotten that in Jan 2009 when Obama was sworn in (on the 20th), 700,000 jobs were LOST that month. I think the number between September '08 and January '09 is something like several millions jobs lost.

    The Dems have lots to be proud of in the past several years - we all been there - we replace the guy that did the really crappy job and it is inevitable that we compare how much better things are done today than were done in years past, its a reference point.

    Bush is a reference point from whence we came and Thank God McCain/Palin are not running the country!

    August 6, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Massachusetts Independent

    People conveniently forget that during the last two years of President Bush, the Democrats controlled the Congress with a majority, It was the Dems, more than anyone, who screwed things up – folks like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Chris Dodd, Leahy of Vermont, Rangel et al.

    In terms of economic policies – you must look to the Democratic congress - it was their policies and legislation

    August 6, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. GL

    Time will tell and looking back at pass history is smart.

    August 6, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. anthony

    Pointing out that the problems were created in the previous administration is not Bush-bashing. The recession started under his watch. He is responsible for the trillion dollar tax cuts, which will cause deficits for years to come. He is responsible for starting the two wars, and although we won't fault him for starting the Afghanistan war, because Al Qaeda from that country attacked us, the Iraq war was not necessary and essentially replaced Saddam, who was an enemy of Iran, with a government that is friendly to Iran. He enacted the Medicare Part D, which, unlike the Obama health care bill, is unfunded and simply blows a hole in the budget. He handed Obama a national debt of 10.6 trillion and a 2009 budget with a deficit of 1.4 trillion (the budget was in place before the start of the 2009 fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2008). Republicans might argue that Democrats have been in control of Congress since 2007, but Bush vetoed everything he did not like. So we will continue to blame Bush for the problems he had created. Just because he is out of office does not mean that he did not create the problems in the first place.

    August 6, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. DUMocRATS RECORD DEFICITS + TAXES

    Hmmm,
    Seems the ecomony started going in the tank, when the DUMOCRATS took the CONGRESS in 2006.

    The infamous housing bubble collapse was put into place by DUMocRATS, specifically Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.

    As for the two wars, what did you want Bush to do? NOTHING.

    I DO agree it is time for IRAQ to help pay for US military or pull out. If they don't want to succeed in IRAQ, they can collapse. If they want security help, they can HELP fund it.

    BUSH didn't waste $$$ with a STIMULUS bill REAKING of PORK

    Bush didn't bail out GM and the UNIONS with SWEET HEAR deals

    BUSH didn't come up with this joke of a WELFARE / TAX bill called OBAMACARE

    Bush didn't discriminate and say (as part of OBOZOCARE) That union workers don't get taxed on their HC benefits for the next 4-7 years.

    Bush didn't say let's give AMNESTY to 20 million plus illegals

    Bush didn't file lawsuit against ARIZONA for trying to enforce reasonable laws

    Yeah, BUSH had faults, but OBOZO is WORSE with his liberal, socialist policies. PERIOD.

    August 6, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Tom C

    Bingo, I thought Bush had to sign off on those policies. I think they call it a veto

    August 6, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Massachusetts Independent

    AIG and Fannie Mae failed and it was the Chairmen of the Finance Committee – Mass Dem Barney Frank and CT Dem Chris Dodd who stonewalled reform of the sub prime market.

    And if anyone took the time to look at campaign contributions from AIG and Fannie Mae, they would see the top three recipients from both of these failed institutions were, in order (1) Congressman Barney Frank (Dem MA), Senator Chris Dodd (Dem CT); and then Senator Barack Obama (Dem IL)

    Nuff said -sorry Dems it was the Dem majority in Congress with oversight over finance

    August 6, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. AMZ

    The only thing the "blame Bush" mantra is doing for our household is turning against the dems. We were never thrilled with Bush, but enough already. Both parties are worse then a bunch of spoiled teenage girls. As far as we see it Obama is just another Bush what is the old saying just a new wolf in the same old sheeps clothing.

    August 6, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. rdepontb

    OF COURSE the Republicans want everyone to forget George W Bush and the terrible, horrible path his administration (i.e., Cheney, Rove) ran us down.

    However, it should not be up to the President of the United States to do ANY personal bashing. If Rahm were up to his job, if Reid were up to his tasks, if any number of surrogates were doing their jobs, the President simply would not even have to think of doing this. Regardless, he should stop, immediately; very unseemly, cheap, demeaning to the office and to the nation. So get on your workclothes, staffers, and get to work. NOW!

    August 6, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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