August 5th, 2010
06:06 PM ET
11 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. Debby

    This is bull. Obama doesn't want their ideas thats the real problem. They had tons on healthcare and Obama just ignored them. Obama is a good one for passing the buck. Well the buck stops at him right now.

    August 5, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. mad as Hell

    what ever u promised to fix it. So fix it

    August 5, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. sifto77

    The poor guy does not have a chance with anything else, so he continues to act like a kid who blames everybody else for his shortcomings–I am sure Pres Bush is smiling with his feet up–he is only succeeding in making GWB look better than him...

    August 5, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Shawn-Ga

    Try and try all you want but the American people are FAR from stupid. You have gone against us too many times.

    August 5, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Victim of Puritan-Fascists

    Good – it's true the Republicans conveniently try to have amnesia and pretend that their own President was in charge over the greatest increase in federal spending in U.S. History and brought the nation to the verge of another Great Depression.

    Also the GOP pretends that Bush was an anomaly, when in fact his policies of tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans at the expense of a balanced budget and middle-class has ALWAYS been the Republican doctrine of trickle-down economics.

    August 5, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. ib

    This shows just shows how low Obama will go to defend his failures. He can't get off the campaign trail and he can't run the country so he stoops to name calling trying to cover himself. Disgusting.

    August 5, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Michael

    Good – in a democracy of, by, and for the people, most of the previous administration would hang for treason, along with most of Wall Street and Congress.

    August 5, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Be direct Mr. President, use he whose name we dared not mention (spit three times!).

    It took you 1 1/2 years of reaching out to these indolent, irresponsible dolts to realize that they are NOT interested in reparing the damage that BUSH THE SHRUB, OR CHUMMY THE DUMMY caused. Now , at last, you are finding yourself wasting less time with THEM and more time doing what you promised us you'd do.

    Keep on delivering for your country Mr. President. Call him out. Call them all out. We've got your back!!! Believe that!

    August 5, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Cry some more Obummer the fact is your policies have prolonged the recession and your liberal friends are the ones who did the serious deregulation under the Clinton administration that caused the economic collapse! Who is Obama to criticize Bush? Really how can he when he has adopted all of Bush's policies and flip flopped on the ones he opposed before his election? Bush and Obama are one and the same corporatist neocons who do not have our best interests at heart. Wake up America the real alternative for 2012, the only real choice for real change is Ron Paul!

    August 5, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Karl in Charleston,SC

    What's next, Obama blaming Abe Lincoln?
    I'm betting voters will remember the "Obama World Apology Tour" and the "Shovel Ready" Healthcare Law and the two week lag time before Obama went to the Gulf Coast after the BP spill and the lack of promised "Transparency"in the Obama administration and...

    August 5, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Rickster

    "New claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week to the highest level since early April, highlighting a weak labor market and the fragile economic recovery."

    Once again these amateurs that are running the country were caught off-guard by bad economic news. These clowns lead by President Failure are clueless.

    August 5, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |

    OBOZO is a joke.

    His failed policies have

    This door knob needs to resign.

    August 5, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Joey

    Obama says that Bush's policies drove us into the ditch, but Obama's policies are driving us over the cliff!

    August 5, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Personal responsibility starts at home

    Amazing he hasn't figured out yet that every time he blames Bush his approval ratings drop another point...

    August 5, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Quinn Haber

    Is it true leadership to continue blaming those who came before you? I thought the democrats controlled the house and senate in Bush's last two years of office, so if we are to play a blame game, what about them?

    August 5, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. mj

    Enough already! When will Obama stand up to his own mistakes? This BIOB is getting really old. Obama just can't admit his own failures. May be if he would spend less time campaigning and more time listening to the American people he could get something accomplished. Tarp – FAILURE Socialized Medicine – FAILURE Bail Outs – FAILURE Double Digit Unemployment – FAILURE. To those who worship the ground he walks on – Must be getting all of those entitlements and then some.

    August 5, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. jim livingston

    Obams has nothing to offer without whining amout Bush. That was the center of his presential campagn.Obama needs to realize that this is now, not some unfortunate period in the past

    August 5, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Jerod

    ummm...6 years until Dems took over. 2006 – Dem blowout..took over congress. politics just becomes too predictible after awhile. ugh

    August 5, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. jim

    This is shameful behavior by a president.But what would you expect from someone that has been as partisan as this person has.He promised to bring us together as a nation but has done just the opposite since becoming president.

    August 5, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    And of course Obama is right.... GOP SUCKS

    August 5, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |

    Maybe it has something to do with his wife going on vacation while he stayed home. I hope its not bringing problems from home to the job

    August 5, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Dean

    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".------------Obama fails to mention that it was Clinton who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act that allowed financial institutions to begin actions that led to the financial meldown and it was also Clinton and the Dems who wanted everyone to own a house whether they could afford one or not, which led to ther housing bubble and finally destroyed the housing market.
    Liberals don't really remember who started what, just that it is easy to say that it's Bush's fault.

    August 5, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Jonathan

    Obama is a joke.

    August 5, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Jeep

    Obummer is lashing out. He knows his socialist kingdom is beginning to collapse, and all his "rats" are leaving his sinking ship.

    August 5, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. tpbco

    If that's the best he can do...and it is...he is really just a loser.

    August 5, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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