August 5th, 2010
06:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama starts mentioning Bush by name

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(CNN) - President Obama, moving into campaign mode ahead of the midterm elections, has added new, sharper language to his stump speech – twice this week invoking the name of his predecessor.

Obama frequently criticizes Republican policies on the economy – that is certainly nothing new. But the latest wrinkle in Obama's rhetoric is that until now, he has avoided referring to former President Bush by name. That changed this week.

Thursday marked the second time in a week that Obama has mentioned Bush. During a fundraiser in Chicago for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Obama said Republicans are "betting on amnesia" as trying to make the economy an issue in fall races around the country.

"They haven't come out with a single solitary idea that is different from policies that held sway for eight years before Democrats took over, not a single policy difference that's discernible from George W. Bush. Not one," he told the crowd at the Palmer House Hilton on Chicago.

Before about 400 donors, Obama said, "they're betting that you just forgot about the eight years that they were in charge of Washington. They're betting that you didn't notice that the recession started under their watch and the deficit started under their watch".

The comments were similar to remarks the President delivered at a party fundraiser in Atlanta Monday. In that speech he also referred to GOP efforts to "extend Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires."

Obama attended 3 fundraising events in Chicago Thursday, including two for the Democratic National Committee. He goes back on the road Monday for fundraising events in Texas.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Right Leaning Independent

    Dems have controlled congress for 3.5 years. They were and still remain a large reason why we are in the shape we are today! You fooled many people into voting for you but these folks have seen what you stand for and you can not fool them twice. A Republican house and senate is just what we need to counter your radical vision for our country! Your anti business rhetoric is as old as your blaming of Bush! You should hire Letterman because you seriously need new material!!!

    August 5, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. me in NH

    What !!!

    the truth hurts ?

    August 5, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. kate

    Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush are two sides of the same coin. Both campaigned as being a, "Uniter not a divider." And, both managed to further alienate this country even more than his predecessor. Both are power hungry, disingenuous, and could care less about America. Instead, both only serve to enrich themselves and their handlers. Mr. Obama has failed to fulfill even his most basic campaign promises. He deserves the nation's contempt in exchange for his disdain of Americans.

    Anyone who voted for either one should have their voting privileges revoked. Anyone who voted for both of them should have their citizenship revoked and then deported.

    August 5, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. jimmyc

    It would seem this president is incapable of understanding people don't want to hear what he thinks others did or do wrong but what he in fact has done (other than bankrupt the nation and jerk taxes through the roof and cause healthcare for everybody to rise terribly) or will do.

    The Bush card has been played too much – it is going to backfire on him. Only his base will care – everybody else, independents mostly will see it as his whining about – don't blame me – it's all Bush's fault.

    August 5, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Timbo

    He's just trying to pass all blame to the prior administration and mentioning GW is his way of saying he has no clear cut fixes either. This is not GW thing, but a global problem. President Obama's comments is basically him throwing his hands up in defeat as well.

    August 5, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Joyce-NY

    I have never ever faced the stupid strategies which Owebummer and DNC should back to blaim game against former president, 8 years ago, Bush. Owebummer and DNC have though that AMERICAN VOTERS'S IQ ARE REMARKED UNDER TWO FIGURES ONLY.

    August 5, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. JB

    BUSH/Republicans Doubled the Deficit/Spent $5 TRILLION & Stuck the USA with $1 Trillion DEFICITS – Double Talkers – Bait/Switch – Blame who is in Power Strategy – All Republican Tatics

    August 5, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Jon from Madison

    I sure wish that Obama would work as hard at running the country as he does at campaigning for himself and his cronies. I am so glad that the campaigning is now paid for with my tax dollars.

    August 5, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. JB

    Obama starts mentioning Bush by name***CNN–have you just started listening to Barry, he hasn't stopped mentioning Bush by name since the elections–I think the only thing he hasn't blamed Bush for was his birthday party.

    August 5, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. bobster

    the good people of the united states need to throw out the republican / fix news idiots. all they are put in office for is to be the gaurdians of the special intrest for corperate greed. the richest 2%, trickle down economics: However, if they realy believe their shouldn't be a buffer zone between the rich and the poor ( middle class ) they had better run for the hills....hide.

    August 5, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Opus X

    Obama is such a small man.

    August 5, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Scott

    Obama....You better HOPE Bush does come out and defend his record against your failed economic policies and anti-American views. Remember who controlled the House and Senate when it all went down hill. THE DEMOCRATS.

    August 5, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. DENNA

    Good for him. Now watch the Bushies whine. You cannot ignore the fact that this started under George Bush. Or you can try to ignore the fact but the thinking people in America do remember. We also remember that the Rethugs tried to bamboozle America with McCain and Caribou Barbie. President Obama has nothing to lose by simply telling it like it is.

    August 5, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. paulbark

    Republicans want to pretend like Bush was never president and that the economy didn't tank while he was in charge. But, when it comes to new ideas, they don't have any. They just want to go back to the same, failed Bush policies.

    America is looking ahead. The only reason to look back at the Bush administration is to remind us what NOT to do.

    August 5, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Chad from Tampa

    This proves Obama is weak, small and desperate. If he had done anything he was proud of he would not be bashing Bush. Some people might not have agreed with Bush's policies but at least he has class.

    August 5, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    President Obama is blaming his problems on Geo Bush. He fails to mention that he was a senator during the Busy Presidency. He voted for and helped create the economic crisis that resulted during 2008. President Obama needs to step up and acknowledge that he was a senator during the crisis and quit blaming Bush.

    August 5, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. Democracy NOT = free market capitalism

    The republicans are living in the 1980's. .... The repubs believe that tax cuts to the wealthy will TRICKLE down in some way to the middle class in the form of jobs.........
    Really, really, if the wealthy get their tax cuts again, they will put that money along with their other money in offshore UBS bank accounts (tax evasion) or into business abroad to use the cheapest global labor available,,,,,,, they call it a global economy....
    the republicans know this.....they are traitors to America for their fraudulent behavior to American workers........
    what the republicans need to do to gain a shred of respect again is to help figure out how to BRING BACK manufacturing jobs that they have given away by having the gall to give subsidies to American companies for providing jobs offshore........and Bush should be brought up -- he was part of it

    August 5, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. larry

    I think Obama could stay in there for 100 years and he would still be blaming Bush. When is he going to be a man and stand up for himself instead of blaming others. We are getting tired of his endless blaming of George Bush!!! Be a man or most importantly at lease try to act like a President of the United States!!

    August 5, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Livin' the good life

    WE shall never forget the 8 years of the Bush run and WE should NEVER allow it to happen again! If the Relics' ever get back in charge, USA will be gone as we know/knew it. I was just watching Star Wars again this past week and the Bush "legacy" has alot in common with the Sith! I mean, come on, Chaney never had a pulse to begin with let alone empathy. Beau Colby

    August 5, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Ken Margo

    He has to be careful. The same strategy probably won't fly this time. President Obama needs to remind people that he prevented another great depression, saved the auto industry, saved the financial industry, invested in America with the stimulus package, passed health care amonst other amazing achievments. The president needs to imitate Bush in one way. Speak like he's talking to idiots. Sorry to say most people in this country aren't brightest bulbs in the world. He can get his message across in a way they can understand if he talks "smaller" , use graphs and finger puppets.

    August 5, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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