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. Tony

    Enough of GWB. The Democratic leadership needs to find a more relevant and compelling message than rehashing the Bush era. It was a brilliant strategy in 2008 when we were still in the thick of it but almost two years out it leaves me wondering if this is the best messaging that they can come up with. Its old, tired and not going to help turn the tide – in fact it may work against them. Somebody needs to find a clear and concise way to articulate how they are going to be the best choice to navigate the country through these difficult times and how they are going to improve and stabilize the economy. Resurrecting old video of GWB making verbal mistakes is best left to America's Funniest Home Videos at this point.

    August 20, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. aunt Bea and Opie

    As Anne Richards would probably say,dont pick on poor Georgie,he was born a moron and we all know Cheney was the brains of the outfit and is waiting in his bunker to finish "The Contract on America" the Neocons and Corporate Fascists have in store.

    August 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Tracy

    A straw man is needed to save the Democrats from answering as to why their TRILLION dollar spending is doing nothing to create jobs and turn the economy around. Look over there, it is Bush.

    August 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What the Democrats should do is run on two things: The items they were able to accomplish like Health Care and the Middle Class Tax Break; and the items the Republicans prevented them from accomplishing. Every ad should end with Mitch McConnell with his infamous "I wish we could have blocked more" quote. That way the American public can see exactly where the Republicans stand.

    August 20, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Dem Says No

    If us Democrats have nothing more than the stale attacks on President Bush, we deserve to lose big in November.

    August 20, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's about time the dems get on the offensive.

    August 20, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Mike M

    Guess this is better than running on the democrats record: Rising unemployment and skyrocketing deficit. Seriously, how dumb do they think Americans are?

    August 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Brady

    George Bush has been out of office for over a year and a half now. DNC, it's time to find a new punching bag.

    August 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. ysidero

    I haven't seen the ad, and I hope that it clearly delineates the choices we face: The Republicans and their "more for the rich, and hope it trickles down to you someday", or the Democrats and their "we are all in this together, and much is expected from those who have been given much". BTW, the latter isn't Marx, it's Jesus. However, I hope the Bush cameo doesn't distract from this message and lead to it being dismissed as "just more blame Bush rhetoric."

    August 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. JOhn

    What is it about 2001-2008 that the GOP is proud of?
    . presiding over the first successful attack against US?
    . the two recessions that began in 2001 & 2007?
    . The stock market going down from 10,700 to 7,700 during GW?
    . The value of US stocks decreasing by 4.5 trillion? " "
    . Presiding over the worst financial collapse since 1929?
    . Bailing out AIG and the entire financial system?
    . Declaring war on Iraq rather than hunting down Bin Laden?

    Just what is it that you are proud of?

    August 20, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Charles W. Skinner

    Really? The DNC is still trying to play the "Blame Bush" card? After 43 months of control of Congress and after 19 months of total control of the government, a large percentage of those when they had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and after passing almost everything that they dreamed of, when the populace stands up and screams "NO MORE" they try to trot out Bush and claim it's his fault?

    The Democrat members are going to get slaughtered in the upcoming November elections. They might as well go home now and save their money for trying again in 2016 after the next Republican president's first term is over.

    August 20, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. intune

    Hopefully the Republicans will feature the soundbite where Obama says he has visited all 57 states. And yes Democrats, please keep reminding us all of the 5.3% unemployment rate during George Bush's presidency.

    August 20, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. SkiDoc

    Is the DNC nuts? There could be no better ad to HURT THEIR CHANCES than to mock a President who was a real American Leader – unlike the socialist slick talker who apologizes for us.

    Oh...and if we get into the "gaffe wars" – babbler Biden has given us enough material to use for the next TWO elections.

    August 20, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. FoolKiller

    Obama is still trying to beat Bush I see.

    August 20, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Irene

    I think it's time to stop using Bush as a whipping boy and start standing on the current administration's successes and failures on their own merit. I'm kind of sick of Bush being blamed for everything...

    August 20, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. mensaman

    Why are the Democrats looking back. When last I saw George Bush he was retired for two years now.
    The Democrats aren't running against Bush. They held Congress since 2006!! They were in control.
    They have to answer for why the economy continues to be a disaster, why Obama has increased the racial divide in this country, why Obama is on the wrong side of practically every key argument and is tone deaf to the polls and what the majority of people in America want.
    We need jobs!

    August 20, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that there isn't a real policy change between the Republicans then and now, I don't find this ad surprising. Besides, many of these people haven't changed. I would like to know really what these "conservatives" really planning on doing.

    August 20, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Barry

    Why don't you Dems show all that you have accomplished during the past three years? I guess you couldn't find enough to fill a 30 second ad.

    August 20, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Remi

    Bush has not been in the picture for two years now. I wonder how lon they are going to keep using him as a crutch. You would think with all the changes the Democrates implemented and new ploicies that have been passed they could find something else to talk about.

    August 20, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Robert

    I hear they have another ad where Reagan mis-speaks.

    And another where Eisenhower flubs a line.

    And a phonograph of Teddy Roosevelt making a mistake.

    STOP LIVING IN THE PAST, DEMS.

    August 20, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. truth

    The Media is going to be the down-fall of America. Divide and Conquer is a continual message from CNN. I guess they are looking for some right-wing extremists to tout nononsense rhetoric. CNN I thought I would just take a peak at your site to see if you are reporting any real news. Now I realized why I refuse to watch CNN in my home. CNN is following Fox lead and becoming the BS channel.

    August 20, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Dems must really be in a panic to drag out George whom everyone else has already forgotten about. Who cares what George Bush said years ago. This is now and the Dems are in trouble.

    August 20, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. hal

    What? They are desperate....yes, you fooled me and I am voting you out-DemoRats!!

    August 20, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Toby

    The current administration needs to realize how foolish it is to continually blame/point fingers at the Bush administration. Don't think we could find an Obama interview or speech that doesn't address "the mess we inherited". My grandfather always said that it is a huge sign of weakness to point fingers and assign blame...better to move forward and work on solutions. That is how you gain respect.

    August 20, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Jasonk

    I think it would be mopre appropriate to show what Bush honestly believed and acted "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we" looking at the Bush regime it is axiomatic that he/GOP was more innovative in harming us that any of our enemies

    August 20, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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