August 20th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC deploys George W. Bush in new ad

The DNC is out with a new ad Friday.
The DNC is out with a new ad Friday.

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is out Friday with a new television ad that looks forward to the November elections and closes with a cameo from former President George W. Bush.

Entitled "Big Choices," the ad frames the midterm elections as a choice between the policies of President Obama and national Democrats and the policies of Bush and the GOP. It captures a view of idealistic Americana –rolling fields of wheat, windmills, a teacher in a classroom, a welder in a factory–before Bush makes a surprise appearance with a verbal gaffe.

"You fool me, you can't get fooled again," Obama's Oval Office predecessor says in footage used in the ad.

The new 30-second spot is running on national cable stations.


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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Dave Harris

    It's amazing to remember that for 8 years we had a president who could barely open his mouth without sticking his foot in it. "Nucular" became an accepted pronunciation. $Trillions were spent to defend us from threats that didn't exist. Bankers and other parasites tried to steal all of the money with the full collusion of the government. The Environmental Protection Agency was prohibited from protecting the environment. Prisoners were tortured. The economy did hot grow; no jobs were created. Ah, those were "the good ol' days". Let's do that again!

    August 20, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. rosaadriana

    Funny. He sure did make a mess of things but we were all laughing then.

    August 20, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Bob of Lompoc

    I agree with this, although I want more concentration on War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, AMERICAN Humanity, not so much on the general moronic behavior of Bush 43. These videos should be shown for decades to come, and this man should never, ever be released from his guilt – not until the end of time . He lied about WMDs and made false accusations about Iraqi association and with Taliban and Al Queada, creating the excuses for sending our Military into combat, causing 5000 young AMERICANS to be killed, 10,000 seriously wounded and never to be the same again, and over 250,000 Iraqis killed or maimed. He and Cheney are mass murderers, and the World should never forget – ever.

    August 20, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Don

    The economy has been getting worse since 2009, unemployment is still increasing, wages are stagnant or dropping for the blue collar workers, health care costs are increasing at the highest rate in recent years. Every program that has been put in place has not shown any improvement for the working class. When is the current administration and the Democratic party going to quit blaming Bush and do something to improve this economy instead of spending money on programs that do no good .

    August 20, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. old Hag

    When they ridicule a former US President, they hold all the US up to world-wide ridicule. None of us is perfect, and even Obama, with his gift of gab, can slip on his words. When it happens, better bet opponents of this country will not miss either of those gaffes.

    August 20, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Jeff from Ohio

    If all the Democrats can offer is "Its all Bush's fault", then the Republicans have already won.

    Yes, Bush was horrible. That's why Republicans lost Congress in 2006, gained even greater majorities in 2008, and Obama won. THOSE elections were referendums on Bush.

    But, in 2010, I want to hear what the Democrats and Republicans are going to do about the problems we face TODAY. I don't want to hear about Bush. I think we all know a good part of the blame for the country's problems falls on Bush.

    August 20, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Colorado

    How much longer will they blame Bush for everything? It has been thier Congress for 4 years and thier WH for nearly 2. This economy is all thiers and all they can do is blame Bush. Sad they don't see how thier current policies are not working.

    August 20, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. wally

    Wow, I almost forgot how better off our country was when Mr. Bush was president. Thank you CNN for reminding me!

    August 20, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Jeff in Houston

    This could easily backfire on the Democrats. Republicans can be easily swayed by shallow symbolism; they elected Bush and think of Palin as some kind of avenging angel. Their inability to reason has been demonstrated. And ending with a quote from the Patron Saint of Facism (or is that Cheney?)? That will backfire as well.

    Dem dar peepulh feel a right mor cumfurtble heerin sumbody that tawks like they do. Like good decent Amuricuns.

    August 20, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Alicia

    Stop using Bush as an excuse for what's wrong with the US; we've heard enough and we've seen enough of the Dems spend, spend and spend more money that we don't have!!

    Vote them all out!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Bobby

    How many times does it have to be said. Dems vote Dem,regardless. Reps vote Rep, regardless. Independents vote based upon the success or failure of the administration in charge. Independents are also the voters that decide elections. If the Obama administration thinks they can sway my vote by blaming everything on Bush, they are on the wrong track. I voted for Obama to get away from Bush. It means nothing for him to say this, and it actually hurts his chances with Independents because we already been through Bush and he was horrible. How long does it take politicians to learn? Stick to the issues. Go forwards, not backwards!

    August 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Tony 140

    What else would you expect. The LEFT has no backbone to own up to anything they do. Accountability is not a word in their vocabulary. TELL ME, If health reform, immigration reform, the oil spill, unemployment, the economy, the two wars, the bailouts and the stimulus' (1, 2 & 3) were such huge successes – why aren't they touting those come election time. Should be a no-brainer but instead they keep hammering on poor ole George whose enjoying life in Texas. He probably wishes he can go to Martha's Vineyard though.

    August 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Dems Lie

    They will never stop running against Bush. The problem is this is a losing proposition. A poll conducted by Democrats actually found Bush was more popular than Obama by 6 points in several key swing counties.

    August 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. connie

    be careful Dems it might backfire because Obama isn't looking good. people aren't happy with Congress or the Pres.

    August 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Willy Brown

    That’s right Little Timmy keep blaming Bush for YOUR failures to win. You are running the DNC like you did Virginia and that’s right into the ground.

    August 20, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Charles

    WHACKO Liberals two years later still playing the blame game like a bunch of 8 yr olds on the play ground they should grow a spine

    August 20, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. malabar

    Great idea. remind people how much better things were with Bush. too much anger today.

    August 20, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Lynn

    With all the GOP political junk that's circulating around the internet, they must be running scared. Most are outright lies and smears, but what's more frightening is so many on the political fence are listening and drinking the Kool-Aid.

    August 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Ann

    Love it..............Dems have got to fight back. The Republicans all chant the same evil lies and there are too many dumb Americans who listen and believe. The Dems only have to show the truth to Americans to prove who is best and right..................

    August 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. rich wilson

    I hope Obama finds all 57 states as he quoted in one of his MANY gaffes. The man needs a teleprompter of he sounds like a first grader using "uh" every other word and not forming any sentences that make sense.

    August 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. vic

    I like that ad

    August 20, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Captain Awesome

    How pathetic. Democrats have owned the Congress since 2007 and the current recession started under their watch and the only thing they can do is bring out their favorite pinata – George Bush?! REALLY?!

    obama lied, the economy died.

    August 20, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Peace

    "W" blunders are beyond me. He kept saying the world is better off without Saddam Hussein. Really!! Saddam Hussein made sure Iran was behaving at all times and the did. Now he has gone, and they do not listen to any creature on earth. Their so called nuclear weapon will claim as many lives as anyone can imagine. What kind of calculation "W" did!

    August 20, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. jsr

    blaming other people is not the american way. making progress is. once pres. obama realizes this, we can move forward

    August 20, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. alex

    Bush,Bush, it's not going to work anymore.My family vote for DEM. and Obama. What we got?. Bla,Bla,Bla+vacation,Bla,Bla,Bla+vacation and 10% not working people.

    August 20, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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