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. Edward

    Okay, Democrats need to stop with the Bush bashing now. I'm an Obama supporter and it was okay to blame bush initially but when Obama passed the stimulus bill he took ownership of the economy. Looking to blame Bush will not help because the voters can't vote against Bush, he's not on the ballot. All people know is that they're out of work, they don't care about George Bush. Secondly, Bush has been very gentleman like after leaving office, he hasn't said a word about anything that Obama has done and this actually helps Republicans. If Bush were criticizing Obama these ads would work but he isn't so it's like beating a dead horse. People know that Bush screwed up, you were elected to fix it, what are you going to do about it?

    August 20, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Memo to DNC - George W. Bush is not running this year.

    August 20, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Those Who Do Not Learn From History . . . Are Usually Right-wing partisans

    The Dems were quite successful using Hoover as a foil; Bush is just another example of why Reps can't run the country; only the countryclub.

    August 20, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Hilarious! That should drive the spittle spewing right wing into apoplexy.

    August 20, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Jesse in Maryland

    Wow, I'm actually nostalgic for Bush. Thanks to the Democrats' lack of anything new to offer, I suppose we'll be seeing more of him in the next few months, if only to serve as the DNCC whipping boy. Thanks Democrats, and I'll see you in November!

    August 20, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Chino

    So they ARE running against George Bush. How pathetic is that? I hope they didn't pay the Ad agency to much.

    August 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Death Panel Sarah

    GOOD!!!
    Let's hope the people have a long enough memory...
    It seems they only remember the last 16 months (and last year's sports scores)!
    If they would quit 'brain-washing' themselves with 'talk radio' and FAUX news, we would have a much better country to live in.

    August 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Bill

    I surprised they aren't blaming Bush for Obama's religion (whatever that me be) or not going on enough really high end vacations so he wouldn't look bad.

    August 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Sue

    Go For it Democrats.......keep bringing up Bush/Cheney and their 8 years of Hell that took this country down.......after all it seems that the only thing these Republicans can run on is the past....(9/11) they can't seem to let it go and get on with life they just keep pushing the Fear and Scare and Hate button......

    August 20, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Chris

    Cue the neo-con trash that complain every time we bring up Bush, but still whine about Carter.

    August 20, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Bush outpolling Obama

    Sill using Bush. Desperate and pathetic.
    A two-fer.

    August 20, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Take America Back: from Texas

    From a "former" Democrat; at this point in time, I would actually prefer Bush over Obambi! And, if that is the best the Obambi Adminstration can offer is to drag out an old Bush gaffe to advance their agenda for America......that is pitiful! Why don't they boast of their ObamaCare or the Stimulus???? Could it be because everything Obambi and the Democrat Congress majority has done is in opposition to what the MAJORITY of Americans want????
    Whether Mr Obambi realizes it or not, America needs a real Leader, not a philosopher or an Idealog!

    I'm just saying........

    August 20, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Makes sense because Bush represents core Republican values that failed miserably. However many times the GOP tries to distance themselves from Bush or claim he wasn't a real conservative. Lower taxes for the wealthy and corporate welfare doesn't work. Where are the jobs with the Bush tax cuts???

    August 20, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Doc

    Unless and until the GOP comes out with a platform that actually states what they plan to do and how it differs from the current Democratically "controlled" congress they can expect this to be the tactic of the Dems. Wake up GOP! You are currently the self-labeled party of NO! or even Hell No! Which right now means No plan, No ideas, No clue, No class and No vote from me.

    August 20, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Mike in Maryland

    News Flash–George Bush isn't running for office! What a shame that the Bush-bashing continues. Don't they have anything else to run on? Yes, I know, failed Bush policies, blah, blah, blah.... Get over it, move on, do something–ANYTHING! We waiting.

    August 20, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Blaum

    So Bush is running for something this November?

    Is this all the democrats have?

    Live in the 'now' folks.... when you start to do this... and perhaps focus on unemployment...and out of control spending.... then you will win back the faith of the American people.... until then.... these tactics are weak and out of touch with the average American. The average American could care less about a 2-term president whose service ended two years ago.... what a terrible idea to go backwards instead of forwards....

    August 20, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. garc

    The dumbest president in history. I still can't get over that the extreme right wing thinks running pictures of him at his most simian-looking, saying "Miss me yet?" would work on anyone but the "basest" of their base.

    August 20, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Steve

    Isn't it about time the Democrats start to take responsibility? The Democrats controlled Congress while Bush was President and they still control it. Obama has been in office over 18 months. When he took office we were $400 billion in debt. With Obama, Pelosi and Reid we are now $1.4 trillion in debt. The economy is in horrible shape! Unemployment is at its highest level. We have a health care reform bill that's a disaster. I think the time has come to stop bashing Bush. Obama has to step up and take responsibility for the mess this country's in today.

    August 20, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. asdf

    Umm....fyi...bush is out of office. Now how about some of that hope and change we were promised....

    I voted for obama, but it does us no good to look backwards...

    kind of underwhelmed so far

    August 20, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. fatnat

    as a moderate i am so sick of bush this bush that he is not president anymore get over it deal with whats going on or get out if you cant handle the job what a bunch of wimps and everyone i know who are moderate no party affiliation are sick of this far as im concerned the democratric party i use to know is no longer there they have gone way to far left for me and the people i know wake up and go center or you will lose in november no doubt of that

    August 20, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. GGGGGGG

    I'm independent, I vote how I feel....Democrats will not get my vote by blaming Bush. Tell me what you stand for and what you've accomplished and then I'll make a decision about who to vote for.

    August 20, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    That's the best the DNC can do. No wonder there so worried about Nov.

    August 20, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. LIP

    The DNC's big problem is that they don't realize just how many people liked W. and how they liked someone that said what he was going to do and did it. Making fun of him and hearing him constantrly blamed for the economy and all of us knowing it was the Dems that controlled congress from 2006 forward, knows better.
    2012 will set them straight.

    August 20, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. John

    Bush, Palin, Gingrich.. what a bunch. How can so many clowns get into the same party!

    August 20, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. walter

    Oh those laughable libs. They are so desperate to deflect attention from the 3 1/2 years of damage they've done to the economy they'll throw out anything in hopes that it will stick. They think throwing out "Bush", "Sarah Palin" or "Tea Party" will work to their benefit. Thankfully, only the most far-left lib would fall for any of that mess. Give it up libs, come November you're gone.

    August 20, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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