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. Shirley in California

    I am NOT suffering from amnesia and I STILL remember what shape George left this country in. Crumbling banks, thousands of retirement plans lost, countries around the world hating us and the list goes on and on. Thank you Mr. President, please continue with your work and the class you demonstrate as a father, husband and president.

    August 5, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Lucy, Austin, Tx

    Good for President Obama. He is probably tired of bearing all the blame for the economy that he inherited from President Bush. The Republicans lost because their policies killed our economy and millions of people lost their jobs. The Republicans voted to bailout corporate American and our corporations prospered,, but did not increase jobs or benefits. The Republicans need to quit their whining and start doing the job to improve the economy of their states that the Republican majority caused. If all elected officials realized that their state and Congress is a mix of both Republicans and Democrats they might be voting for what is best for their states and then they wouldn't have to campaign so hard to get re-elected.

    August 5, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Whenever I need a good laugh, I usually switch over from AC360 to Greta on Fox. Last night was no exception, Rush was ranting about Carter and orifices, Perino was talking about how bad it is to criticize her old boss, and the mutant turtle McConnell. What a sorry show, but very funny.

    August 5, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Sheila NY

    Obama's economic policies aren't that different from Bush's. They really aren't. Just add to his policies a huge new healthcare bill and a huge stimulus bill and that's the difference. Neither are really helping me out that much, how about you?

    August 5, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. one voice

    The current republican CLOWNS all rubber stamped the FAILED POLICIES of the Bush/Cheney RESIME.

    August 5, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. miguel perez

    Obama is like my young daughter never is her fault, it is always other people. He needs to grow up, he is just a poor little boy, craying, and craying. We elected an inept and crying baby for president. Good job America

    August 5, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. B in FL

    It's about time that the President gets tough and fights back. Enough is enough with these Republicans whose only mission is to make Obama fail. A lot of people have very short memories so the Pres and the Dems need to start reminding them of those horrible Bush/Cheney years. No, no, no, we do not want to go back there!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. Larry

    Desperate much?

    August 5, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Jim Straton

    I thought Obama has been president for two years now ?? i dont get it? how does Bush have so much power that he can ruin everything? He is like a evil ghost according to the great one

    August 5, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. CaliforniaBC

    Exactly, it's time (well past time) to start reminding the short-term memory of the American voters of what got us so entrenched in this economic quagmire. Voters need to ask themselves if the GOP deserves to be back in power AND what they have done to contribute to the overall efforts to fix things. What have they actually done? Honestly, WHAT??
    Obama is right. They have not offered anything up beyond the policies they put in place during the Bush years, the same policies that ended in failure. That is not the leadership I want in the country. We need to keep the Democratic leadership and keep moving forward with the policies that are working.

    August 5, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. mike

    Blame President Bush, oh what a surprise.
    Dem controlled congress for four years, dem controlled WH for two.
    just when are these clowns going to take some responsibility.
    my guess never.

    August 5, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. jp

    It's amazing how a sitting president that is such a dolt as the one we have now can blame all his problems on aman who iseven in Washington DC. Obama has a lot of nerve!! He need sto figure things out for himself and realize he is craeting his own problems.

    August 5, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Bob Kelley

    Our president is an embarasment....I never recall a sitting president blaming his ineptitudes on a previous administration as much as this man does....lord willing he is a one term "blip" on in our country's history!!!

    August 5, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Tom

    I think Obama needs to go back to primary schools, the muslim one overseas didn't teach him to add correctly. Bush only held congressional power for 6 years of his presidency. The last 2 were controlled by the spending spree democrats. Even as a registered democrat I can read and count. I had always thought the democrats were for the people, but the older I get and the harder I work, the more I get screwed overby their policies of take my money and give it to those that are too lazy to do manual labor. So all that being said, the latest recession started under the watchful eyes of the democrts, not Bush and co.

    August 5, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. nini

    Are you kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Audacity of Arrogance. This guy is really thinking he is going to run against Bush again?

    I am so sick of it.

    August 5, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Reeves Carrol

    His Day will come. After his administration is over, he will
    probably be mentioned by the incoming administration and
    go down in history as first or second worst president in history.
    The other being Jimmy Carter. In the end Politicians have to
    stand on their own.

    August 5, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. tageis

    Both parities are at fault and they need to stop blaming each other and work TOGETHER. Enough with the party lines – democrats are as guilty as republicans. Where is the change you can believe in?

    August 5, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Vien-nam vet

    Unfortunately, we have very short memories and people will forget how we got into this mess and blame the President. I would like someone to name one piece of legislation either submitted or supported by Republicans that helps the working man and women in this country, name one thing, you can't.

    August 5, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |

    Before the conserva-goons start whining about blame....go look up Ronald Reagan's invoking of Jimmy Carter.

    Reagan blamed Carter regularly for the first 3 years of his presidency.

    And both Obama and Reagan are/were correct.

    August 5, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. bess

    no question that it's easier for Obama to Bush-bash than accept responsiblity for a $3TRILLION deficeit and signing many legislative bills/laws the majority of American's did not and still do not want.

    Also no doubt that campaigning is much, much easier that LEADING a country.

    August 5, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Marti

    No matter which party you prefer, this President has absolutely no class. He's totally full of himself. Can't wait to see him on Dr. Phil.

    August 5, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Guy Montag

    Good, call him out.

    More power to you Obama

    August 5, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Justin T.

    FINALLY! Some one is trying to tell the truth that the GOP don't want America to remember.. That is we are in this mess because of GOP and Bush policies. The Repb's have done nothing by try to cause the country to fail so they can win an election. What a sad group of people.

    August 5, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. Da Professor

    And of course, the Republicans have an idea, not necessarily a good one, about every 8 years. The rest of the time they start wars, fail to fund them, hardly ever fight in them (Bushy – Dicky- Rummy all dodged the draft), and then leave office without proposing an exit strategy.

    August 5, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Obama will end the Bush tax cuts to further add to the Obama-recessaion and Obamemployment (where you thought your job was the one which had been saved).

    What an idiot.

    August 5, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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