Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy
August 26th, 2012
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy

(CNN) – Jeb Bush, the Republican former governor of Florida, said Sunday it's time for President Barack Obama to stop blaming the ailing economy on President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor and Jeb Bush’s brother.

While conceding that Obama did inherit a tough economy when he took office in 2008, Bush said that Obama’s policies have hindered the country's economic growth.

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"I think it is time for him to move on," said Bush said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"His policies have failed," said Bush. "And rather than blame others - which I know we were taught that that was kind of unbecoming, over time you just can't keep doing that - maybe offer some fresh new solutions to the problems that we face. But that's not going to happen between now and Election Day."

On the topic of turning the economy around and creating jobs, Obama and his presidential campaign often tell voters that the fiscal policies of the George W. Bush administration and, more broadly, Republicans caused the country's initial economic downward spiral.

Asked about the recent debate over the Republican Party's stance on abortion – which has frustrated GOP efforts to stay on the economic message - Bush said his party needs to stay focused on the president's record.

The heated debate over abortion rights was spurred by controversial comments made last week by Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin from Missouri, as well as the Republican National Committee's development of the official party platform. The draft platform calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

"I know that the Romney campaign would prefer to talk about the things that are on the minds of the American people," said Bush of the Akin controversy, also noting the presumptive GOP nominee's stance on abortion, which differs from the party's platform and would allow for abortion in the instances of rape and incest.

According to a CNN/ORC survey, 83% of Americans say that abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest, with similar numbers believing abortion should be legal when the life or health of the mother is endangered.

Bush, rumored to have been considered as a potential running mate pick for Romney, also said he's not interested in a presidential run.

"I don't think about it. I'm not motivated by it. It takes an incredible amount of discipline and ambition to even think about aspiring to it and I'm not there yet in my life," he said. "I'm excited about supporting Mitt Romney. He's a great guy."

Bush is slotted to speak in a headlining role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Rosa, b'ham al

    Obama should stop blaming other for the bad economy!? How about the do nothing REpublican congress stop blaming others for the bad economy, how about the Republicans own up to their failed policies starting the recession in the first place and then preventing recovery so that they could blame Obama for the bad economy.
    Reminds me of when my older sister would smack me in the face and start crying saying I hit her then I would get grounded. By the way, sneaky b- is a republican now.

    August 26, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. 333maxwell

    "Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy"

    Like that brother of yours Jeb? You know, he really does share some culpability.. maybe some humility and humbleness from the Bush camp for some bad decisions, like 1 botched war and giving a huge tax cuts while raising zeri revenue during two of the most expensive wars in history might be just as in order as saying the recent president need to shoulder up and accept it all himself.

    Sheesh.. I thought Jeb was better than that..

    August 26, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    if Jeb would look at some of the polling it appears more Americans ALSO still blame the economy on his brother and not just Democrats but some Republicans and Independents as well. In fact I don't recall Obama constantly saying this is all Bush's fault....but iI do keep hearing Romney saying this is all Obama's fault so I guess that's ok then.

    August 26, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. John

    This from a party which goal was to stop all of Obama's agenda and make him a 1 term president.
    GOP no longer believes in compromise and has surrendered to the right wing loonies who have taken them over without so much as a whimper......

    August 26, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Griff.

    "Yep! Thats the trouble with Obama. He doesn't seem to realise, he was only elected chaiman of the board for a few years, he actually thinks he owns the business of government, and you have to ask his ok, if you want to invest."

    August 26, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Hillcrester

    No Jeb–Obama's policies, at least as much of them as the GOP-controlled House has agreed to, HAVE worked . . . to partially reverse the damage your black sheep brother inflicted on the country. The hole he put us in is so deep that it ill take more than four years to get out.

    August 26, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Independent jim

    whos fault is it when you inherit a recession..then get a congress and senate that refiuses to allow any legislation that would help the economy.. The GOP/TP is responsible for this recession and the blame belongs on them ..no administration can get anything done with a congress that cares more about seeing that administration fail then they do about seeing America suceed

    August 26, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. The Ohter Dale

    So let's get this right: according to Jeb somehow it's all Obama's fault now that the economy was bad in 2008? Okay, got it.

    August 26, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. geeky

    President Obama's policies have not failed, nor is the economy in as dire condition as the GOP would like everyone to think. Go to any mall in the country on a Saturday afternoon. Look around at all the shiny new cars filling the parking lots. People who think this is bad don't know what bad is. And this coming from the Bush who will never be president because of his brother's mangling of the job.

    August 26, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. amy smith

    Obama is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt. To really get to know Obama is to realize that his only real skill is giving speeches — with a teleprompter.

    In this regard, Obama has a lot in common with Facebook. They are both all about hope and hype. But once you get to actually see the business model, there is nothing left to do but sell short

    August 26, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Darryl

    It doesn't suprise me he'd want to put his brothers Presidency away for good. People aren't going to forget that for years & years to come.

    August 26, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Jack Ennett

    We only had an 8 year continual downward spiral thanks to another Bush.

    Shame on Obama if he can't repair in 3 years what took Bush 8 years to destroy.

    Yeah, let's start listening to another Bush, America.

    Make's sense to me...............(wink, wink)

    August 26, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. jerseylou

    Jebby....who should he blame,himself?The truth really hurt huh.

    August 26, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. sean

    Honestly Jeb Dont blame your brother, So what if anything do you credit your brother for other than the Bush Tax Cuts?

    August 26, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. AK_steve

    Absolutely right! The GOP has done everything possible to be sure that nothing happens to fix the economy so that they can blame it on the president.

    The nerve of the president to point out the do nothing GOP obstructionist who purposely did nothing to halt our economic growth.

    August 26, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. rick danger

    Jeb's been touting this line since the day Obama took office. Of course he's got strong motivation to convince the American public to forget the damage his comrades did to our economy; not only was it his party that drive us straight ioff the dridge, but it was his own brother that destroyed to Bush policial dynasty and made the Bush name a loaghing stock worldwide.

    The problem with Jeb's whining complaint is that it's not only Obama that blames George Bush Jr. for our financial crisis; it's the American people themselves, as polls repeatedly show.

    Just another example of the unfailing need of the Republican party to appeal to those who know nothing – if you know what happened to instigage the crisis, if you understand that Bush appointed Chris Cox as the SEC chariman specifically to ignore the fraud and slimy dealings on Wall Street, then you have no choice but to blame Bush. If, on the other hand, you're not that bright, and you believe that deregulation of the financial sector didn't matter, and you believe that Obama should have been able to fix the disaster cuased by Republican voodoo economics in a few short years, then Jeb and his comrades-in-idiocracy Romney, Ryan, Akin, Santorum, Bachmann, etc...are your perfect choice.

    August 26, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. W.G.

    Dear Jeb it was your brother that got us into this mess we´re in . You don´t like it mentioned because it ruined
    your chances of evber being president . Your brother "W" Bush got us into 2 wars at the same time and
    the republicans are talking about budget cuts for veteran services and cuts also for disabled vetserans .
    How can people with hearts and souls ever vote for Romney and Ryan knowing that all the budget cuts are
    going top lessen the tax burdon on the rich . Taking food and money away from our Nations Heroes ? You Monsters .

    August 26, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Really. Do you expect him to say his own brother messed this country up so bad it will take 20 years to fix it? A Bush tell the truth? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    August 26, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Mary

    Translation: Leave my loser brother alone.

    August 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. JamesBurris

    Hello
    So I have only one thing to point out to Ex Gov. Bush!And that is the Middle East is in a shambles because Ex.President Bush believed that Iraq had WMD.So im very interested in if your older brother had counted the cost in human life(theirs and ours)and the final cost to the American tax payer!

    August 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. kirk

    The economy, thanks to congressional intrasigence, stumbles slowly toward recovery. My retirement funds have recovered completely from the sad shape your brother left them . And I am SURE your investments have recovered also. And that's in spite of McConnell's most important ,so stated, single purpose: to make Obama a one term president. It is remarkable Obama has been able to do anything, let alone save my economic rear end and yours too.

    August 26, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Mike Texoma

    I'll bet Jeb Bush would rather talk about just about anything other than his brother's catastrophic presidency. The more we talk about it the farther away from his own run he gets. But the catastrophy is just too real and just too painful to ignore,especially when we have two men running for office who would take us right back where George did.

    August 26, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Steven Colo

    Lessee. Bush destroyed the economy and Obama failed to revive it. So Bush's brother says it's Obama's fault.

    August 26, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. William Hiles

    Oh c'mon! It will take a few years of patching things up from George.

    August 26, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. JL

    That is like the people of Joplin telling the mayor to quit blaming their city's problems on the tornado.

    August 26, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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