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. Greg

    Bush Broke America. Him and the Republicans in Congress!!!

    August 5, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. lost in Texas FOREVER

    what I really find funny is that when polled over 50% still blame the Bush administration and the Republicans for the economy and the mess that we are in and those poll numbers haven't moved much at all (unless you count the FoxNews polls that claim NONE of this is Bush's fault) and also a lower number trust the Republicans to fix the economy a number like 27% YET if President Obama mentions this he's called a whiner and a crybaby. Personally I wish he would NOT do this because when it comes to election times Americans seem to have short memories of how we got into this mess as compared who may be in power now not getting us of of it quick enough. I liked it better when he said that HE would take the fault for the economy good or bad.

    August 5, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. JJ in NY

    Since obama can't run on his failing socialist agenda, he predictably resorts to mud slinging and smear tactics. The economy continues dither along, much like obama's weakness of character. And since the government isn't hiring any more census workers, the jobs situation is circlling the toilet bowl also. On a positive note, at least obama took time away from his vacations and numerous golf outings to stump for his floundering liberal/progressive party mates . Obama is just another empty suit.... another smooth talker who bring little to the table .

    August 5, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Colorado Liberal

    Hey Republicans: We won't every let you forget 2001-2009.

    Remember? No? I thought so....

    August 5, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Kman821

    Why would the GOP want to offer anything new and different than GWB's economic policies? His economic policies served the GOP's constituency perfectly ... they gave all power to their corporate masters and the finger to working men and women throughout our nation.

    August 5, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Jonathan

    People are tired of Obama blaming others for his poor performance...this will backfire. Obama is the antithesis of a leader.

    August 5, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Jacob

    Now that Obama is in office for two years he does not have credibility to Blame President Bush for the economy. Obama is another Carter who elected in 2008.

    August 5, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. roro

    You go, Mr. President. It's time to stop pussyfooting around. Bush and the Republicans ARE to blame for this mess. They want you to stop blaming them and take responsibility for it, but most of us are not amnesiacs. We remember exactly who was in charge and running the show when all this hit the fan.

    August 5, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Rick, AZ

    The president has amnesia.
    The recession didn't start until the Dems took over both houses of Congress. Late 2006 and early 2007.
    Bush was irrelevant by that point.

    August 5, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Steve in Kent, WA.

    Absolutely hilarious.....Obama thinks that people that vote for Republicans have amnesia. He must be hoping that people that vote for Democrats have short term memory loss. After wasting almost a trillion dollars in a failed stimulus bill, he has the nerve to criticize Bush's economic policies. Dude, nice try!
    I would never have guessed that after just two years of this administration, that in hindsight, Bush would appear to have been fiscally responsible.

    August 5, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Howard Roark

    "moving into campaign mode..." you've got to be kidding me. He never left campaign mode and that's one of his problems. Stop spinning and start leading. And stop spending for pete's sake!

    August 5, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. cgsailor

    The only thing "new" about Obama's ideas is the sequence – he's changed "Tax and Spend" to "Spend and Tax"...and doing both on a spectacular scale while blaming his predecessor for his own failings. He can't vacate the White House soon enough, and I'll give him bonus points if he takes Harry and Nancy with him...

    August 5, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Jeff Noble

    This so called "President" is a complete joke. Not saying the republicans are much better but Obama has done nothing but make this country worse off with his socialist politics. Other than his 1 1/2 years as a senator before the presidential campaigning he has no track record. The Nobel Peace Prize which was voted on 2 weeks after he took office??? Really??? Pathetic that he only was voted in because of race!!! Going to be a long painful couple more years America!!!

    August 5, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Not Blind

    NO other president in the history of the US has been handed such an immense mess, the closest would be FDR. Bush came in with a surplus and managed to throw it all away, deregulated hell allowing his friends to do whatever they wanted (banks, WallStreet, big oil), got war hungry instead of just finishing off Afghanistan decided to LIE (yes it has been more than proven) to go after Saddam who was such a threat that he was found like a bum inside a hole alone. By taking Saddam out, who was an enemy of Iran, gave the Iranians a lot of power, broke the stability in Pakistan and allowed our enemies in Afghanistan to regroup. Even worst most of the GOP still in power were the ones that allowed all of this to happen and are putting on the table the same ideas. If the GOP takes the presidency again and we go under we would deserve it completely, because people think with their behind instead of with their brain.

    August 5, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Americanus

    One of the reasons why Obama keeps blaming Bush for everything that is going on is because he knows that his Marxist ideology doesn't resonate with most Americans. He hopes that when he mentions Bush people will forget that his ratings have tanked to the lowest Bush levels in one sixth the time. His continual reliance on blaming Bush, racial politics and the relentless pursuit of his Marxist ideology is alienating those people that elected him in the first place. He will be extremely lucky to be able to keep the congress in the mid-term and keep the oval office in 2012.

    All in all the Baby Boomer politicians, especially the Presidents they have produced, have failed America and her citizens to a horrible degree. It is going to take the younger generations that have the motivation and desire to seek an education (because they do not to competively educate the children...dumb population ensures democrats get votes), and are tired of seeing the greatest country in the world and history decline in an accelerating spiral of decadence (aka Michelle Obama's vacation) and corruption and incompetence and racial politics and fear based politics and government over involvement in the economy. God Help the younger generation of this country because our elders sure as heck have not.

    August 5, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Bush blamed everything on Clinton, so why not?

    August 5, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Cynthia - Arkansas

    The Republicans like to howl about "blame Bush" . Well it's true so what else are you suppose to say? They act like this mess started the day President Obama was elected. I truly hope people's memories aren't that short! I lost my job of 26 year 4 years ago because of Bush. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT!

    August 5, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. AMerican Pie

    He might have used Bush's name, but he hit the nail on the head! The Republicans have not done ANYTHING since Obama has been in office but slam his administration. I feel if you are going to trash someones practices, then you better come up with a better idea. But the GOP has not come up with one idea to better this country. And if I am wrong, please tell me ANYTHING they have came up with...

    August 5, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    The Democrats are still running against George W. Bush???!?

    Sorry, but it is 2010 and they have 2 years of Democratic Party governance to answer for! What have they done? Where did the money go? Why is the economy still in a ditch and why has unemployment doubled in spite of spending trillions of tax dollars supposedly to create jobs? How about trying to convince anyone that they know anything about running the US government? Time is up!

    August 5, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Spencer

    How long can democrats continue with the strategy "just blame Bush" or " let's tie this republicans to Bush"?

    August 5, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. one voice

    Bush accomplishments: 2 wars that cost the American Taxpayer over 1 trillion dollars, drug perscription bill that fattened the pockets of the drug companies, lost 8 million jobs because of mismanagement(trickle down economics)(outsourcing jobs oversees to excape paying taxes), Bank bailout that went POOF, TORURE, OUTING A C.I.A AGENT( Scooter libby took the fall for Cheney), wire tapping, no child left behind that was a flop...................... Democrat is the only way to go for complete recovery.

    August 5, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Big Al

    Big mistake! George W. Bush will go down as a great president. The economy was caused by the Democrats who had control of congress in 2006 and 2007. Just wait and see, the next aircraft carrier will be named the George W. Bush.

    Hopefully Sarah Palin will be our next president and save this country.

    August 5, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Indiana Voter

    In other words, Obama doesn't have anything positive that he can campaign on, so he is trying to "look back" yet again, and try to blame Bush for ALL his failures as President. Everything he has rammed down the American people's throat are so unpopular by the majority of Americans, he can't campaign on those, (health care, GM takeover). Granted there is a minority of small insignificant voices that are still yelling in anger as loud as they can against Bush on this website, but he is not running again and you need to start looking at what the current President is doing to this country. That is the problem for Obama. Polls show the majorities don't like it.

    August 5, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Mark Hudson

    When in doubt and sinking in the polls, blame Bush, and try to divert attention from a failing Obama administration.

    August 5, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Fed Up

    Maybe he just learned George Bush's name. I certainly remember him, People in my family were working when Mr. Bush was in charge. They aren't now.They had health insurance when Mr. Bush was in office. They don't now, and they are going to get fined for not having it, even though they have no money to pay for it. Makes nb sense to me. I don't see anything good that Mr. Obama has done for our family. Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    August 5, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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