Romney on Bush White House visit: 'He has to duck'
June 1st, 2012
06:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney on Bush White House visit: 'He has to duck'

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - A confident-sounding Mitt Romney mocked his rival's campaign Friday, hours after the release of disappointing jobs numbers put Democrats on the defensive.

At a fund-raiser at a country club outside of Los Angeles, Romney joked about a visit former President George Bush made to the White House a day earlier.

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Romney quipped that Bush must have felt he was on hostile territory, and accused President Obama of trying to pin all the country's economic problems on his predecessor.

"The president, of course, when bad news comes out, looks around for someone to blame," he said of Obama, according to pool reports.

He then added of Bush's visit: "I'm sure he had to duck. Because President Bush is always the one they point to. It's all his fault. I'm afraid that's worn a little thin."

Bush and his wife Laura had joined President Obama for the unveiling of The Bushes' official portrait at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Thursday.

At his Los Angeles area fund-raiser, Romney continued on to say that voters should now hold Obama responsible for the nation's economic situation.

"The president's spokesman today said this recession was long in the making and it won't be overcome overnight," Romney said. "Forty months is not overnight."

Mindful of his audience in a state that reliably elects Democrats, Romney made the case that attendees' financial support could help him compete in the handful of swing states that will likely determine the outcome in November.

"I know that California's a hard state for a Republican to win. If I won California, why, we'd won in a landslide, you know that," he said. "So I'm hoping to win California, but I'm aiming to win those key swing states. And one of the things you can do is help people help me."

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  1. Kris Craig

    Dude, seriously: The recession started AND HIT ITS PEAK during the BUSH administration, NOT Obama!

    This is the kind of nonsense that just insults my intelligence. The recession has improved under Obama– perhaps not enough, or perhaps not as much as it would have under Romney; that point can be debated. But what CAN'T be debated is that Bush DID cause the recession and that Obama did at least partially clean up the mess.

    Enough with the revisionist history already. Bush got us into this. Obama is trying to get us out. So Mitt, cut the cliche Republican pity party already and just tell us what YOU would do to make the economy better instead of trying to rewrite history.

    June 1, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    So in righty world Rmoney can raise money in country clubs and President Obama cannot raise money in Hollywood. Is that about right, all ya hatewingers?

    June 1, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    "I know that California's a hard state for a Republican to win. If I won California, why, we'd won in a landslide, you know that," he said. "So I'm hoping to win California, but I'm aiming to win those key swing states.
    Shellacking...landslide. It's all good. And this is worth whatever Romney 2012 can do to pull it off. He needs to go into office with a mandate and as much congressional support as Obama had in 2009 and 2010. This is how the American recovery kicks into high gear.

    June 1, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Grow up already...

    Uh... Didn't the economic troubles start under GWB? The American people don't have amnesia, although Mitt and the Republicans seem to wish that was the case... Mitt obviously has memory problems when it comes to Romneycare, negative ads, knowing what he said the week before, and even his role in bullying fellow students. I pretty sure we don't want a president with early onset Alzheimer's disease...

    June 1, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. thomas

    At a fund-raiser at a country club outside of Los Angeles, Romney joked about how his five sons avoided milatary service, How he saved the Auto Industery and how fun it is to ride up and down on his car elevator,

    June 1, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Grow up already...

    Uh, so you want GBW to campaign with you, right Mitt? Because he left the US in so much better of a spot then he found it as President, right Mitt?

    June 1, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    This path Romney continues down is amazing. Obama failed, Obama failed, Obama FAILED. All the while saying nothing about what he will do to turn things around. The facts are simple: W started two unbudgeted wars, which we are unable to get shed of. W made huge unbudgeted tax cuts during a time of war. W cut regulation of Banks and Wall Street to where there was basically no regulation. W attacked civil liberties of all Americans, and this continues today as politicians fear an Arab Spring happening right here. I remember hearing an economist on a CNN panel (don't bother asking who, I do not remember) asked if he thought Obama could fix the economy and other ills of the country long before the election. His reply was simple and to the point. "In four years? I do not think the man or woman has been born yet who could do that. There has been only one perfect man in history and you know what they did to him."

    So blame W? W should be in prison for war crimes, and out and out murder of American, Iranian, and Afganee citizens.
    Our beloved Wall Street is probably at the bottom of the crash, or impending crash of many European economies. All because of Republican (and Democrtat) pocketing of money from big business, they used to call it taking a bribe. Yes this is all W's fault and the fault of both sides in the House and the Senate. They continue to want to cut payment to Welfare, Social Security, Education, and Medicare and plunge thousand of elderly into living in tent cities without taxing the rich, or cutting spending on this massive military machine which for decades has waged war in Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East for nothing but the pursuit of the dollar. Read General Butlers comments folks.

    So Mitt, step up and tell us what you are going to do instead of continueing this blame game you seem to decry so much. Try a little honesty, but I fear from you that is asking to much. Is there an Arab Spring coming-like a freight train and probably in the not to distant future. But never mind the facts boys--Let them eat cake.

    June 1, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. the Situation

    His confidence or I should arrogance willl be his demise!

    June 1, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    He just knows he is going to win. Don't be too confident Mittens, it might backfire. Even with your cronies cheating and trying to buy the election.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 1, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Former Republican for President Obama

    What a petty person Romney is.

    June 1, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Anne P

    Dream on Mittens, Calif. will never be yours. We are totally not in alignment with your politics...take it where they watch Fox Noise and believe your BS. Hey, where are your tax statements? Why do you hide your money in the Caymens....thought you liked America? And please, retire the jeans, we don't buy that you relate to the middle class in any way and those jeans don't make that happen. Also, your pandering to whatever way the wind blows is sickening and pathetic. Your stunt with the Solyndra visit and placing hecklers at an Obama event is further proof you are no more than a spoiled child at heart who wants to win at all costs; true bully tactics. Why don't you cut Trumps hair?

    June 1, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Ronda in Houston, TX

    Romney is non-constructive.

    June 1, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. abe

    I think Romney can do a better job staying on target and talking something that makes sense instated of bashing the president every time he gets a chance. You cannot clean someones house when your own house is dirty. I strongly believe he will not beat the president in the coming election because he has no agenda for our country and if he does it has no substance. The idea a Latino vise -presidential running mate will help him is a joke simply because Latinos know who is behind them and when it comes on immigration issues democrats are willing to work with them.

    June 1, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Melo-D

    So we all know Willard can make backhanded remarks, that's all the guy does but you never EVER hear him say what he would do differently. All Willard does is reinforce the GOP stereotype of Obama, "all he does is blame Bush" Really Willard because it seems to me that all you do is blame Obama. I guess Mittiens will never blame Obama if he gets elected. Yeah right!! Only a sucker would vote for this fraud.

    June 1, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    It takes some time to recuperate the damage done by 2 wars plus Reagan trickle down nonsense. Mitt does not have vision at all for USA. Yes, ok obama 12.

    June 1, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Sydnium S. Washington

    He forgot these words: "Duck, Goose".

    June 1, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    ►He then added of Bush's visit: "I'm sure he had to duck. Because President Bush is always the one they point to. It's all his fault. I'm afraid that's worn a little thin."◄

    R-Money is an IDIOT – Did he even watch the event????? He's scary and repeats what people tell him to say without having his own mind to say what he believes... NOT in our White House!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 1, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Dee

    Romney never does anything but criticize what is his plan? Wherever he goes to speak his audience is alway white where are the people of color what does this tell you. I guess as he said he was not worried about the poor and it shows in his audience. America wake up he is for the rich only and support Paul Ryans' bill.

    June 1, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Show me one instance, show me one quote from ANY Republican, acknowledging that Bush was to blame? Until then, it seems the public constantly needs reminding. How soon voters forget. No wonder the GOP loves their voters ignorant and illiterate, they're so easy to make them vote against their own interests.

    June 1, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Another white lie

    ah, but Bushes visit was a howl. He handled the BS with dignity and humor. Once again proving that GW has 10x more class than Obama or Biden ever will

    June 1, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. chuck weidemann

    Good speaking at at a country club....while the country is stagnant because of a republican obsession to ruin Obama even at the cost of an economy....true patriots!!! Maybe we ...the working class could beg for jobs there since country clubs seem to be doing just fine. God forbid we be given good paying jobs like building highways or bridges or mass transit systems that might help all but the super rich.

    June 1, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. enuff

    Can't he even let a nice occasion happen without bitter words? What? Is he mad he wasn't invited to this special group known as presidents?

    June 2, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. CRAIG

    The nation's economic woes are a result of republican administrations. Deregulation, a favorite of republicans, helped to create the subprime mortgage mess which led to the disasterous state we're in now and will take years to get out of. A Romney administration will only set us back further because the diabolical people who will be pulling his strings don't care.

    June 2, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  24. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    He would love to disavow The Repuglican Party's responsiblility in bringing on the "Great Recession", one never seen since the days of the 1929 Stock Market crash! Three years is what the mighty Republicans feel is plenty of time for the President of the opposing party to fix all the damage they did to bring the "Great Recession" on. I am positive that Romey and company wait with baited breath for bad numbers and horrible happenings come to Americans so that the American's run to him...and he to the bank.

    June 2, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Mittens is so pathetic. He and the GOP have been working tirelessly to make President Obama and our country fail, so they can regain power and implement THE EXACT SAME POLICIES THAT GOT US INTO THIS MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    Folks, how long are you going to buy the GOP line of BS that giving more and more money to the rich will somehow magically trickle down and create jobs here in the US – ALL EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY THAT IT EVER HAS OR EVER WILL?

    And remember, even though the jobs report wasn't what non-GOP Americans wanted, at least we're still moving forward out of the economic quagmire Republican policies created.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 2, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
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