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Obama campaigning tactic: bash Bush years

September 29, 2010

President Barack Obama has apparently decided that the way to win voters’ hearts is to warn them against a return to the Bush years.

He’s been in campaign mode this week trying to drum up enthusiasm for Democrats worried about losing their majority in Congress with just one month left until the Nov. 2 election. OBAMA/

In a backyard in Iowa, Obama told voters the election was a choice between going back to the Bush years or moving ahead (although he never uttered his predecessor’s name).

“When you look at the choice we face in this election coming up, the other side, what it’s really offering is the same policies that from 2001 to 2009 put off hard problems and didn’t really speak honestly to the American people about how we’re going to get this country on track over the long term,” Obama said.

Wait a second, did he just question Republicans’ truthfulness? Sounds like it.

“You can’t say you want to balance the budget, deal with our deficit, invest in our kids, and have a $700 billion tax cut that affects only 2 percent of the population. You just can’t do it,” Obama said.

Looks like the gloves are starting to come off. It’s not quite down to the wire yet and there’s plenty of time left for the rhetorical punches to escalate.

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama in Iowa talks about the economy)

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O’blah ma the blamer

Posted by MotherGoosestep | Report as abusive
 

Congratulations to the spineless Democrats that refused to deal with the Tax Cut extension prior to the elections for political reasons. Because of their cowardly refusal to deal with this issue we will continue with our high unemployment rates a little longer. We need people with courage leading our country, and they certainly don’t seem to have it. They don’t deserve to be the majority party.

Posted by DL13 | Report as abusive
 

I’m not sure what the writer of this article found objectionable about Pres Obama’s statement when he said “You can’t say you want to balance the budget, deal with our deficit, invest in our kids, and have a $700 billion tax cut that affects only 2 percent of the population. You just can’t do it,”. The writer should have ask for a Republican response; instead the writer sounded pretty much like a Republican mouthpiece.

Posted by pete.deleon | Report as abusive
 

Let’s see — Bush left us 500 Billion in the hole and now we are 1.3 TRILLION in the hole. Yeah, sure O’blame-a, its all Bush’s fault. What the incompetents in the White House right now havent figured out is that the voters are FED-UP with the “blame game” B.S. ……

Posted by cynicalme | Report as abusive
 

Obama is not running against Bush and never has been. Perhaps someone should send him a memo.

Posted by MRH | Report as abusive
 

well now he’s down to school yard taunts–how sad. But there is still 1 adult left standing and his stature rises everyday he says nothing. And thats George Bush – who apparently has a much thicker and more principled skin than Obama. Once again his class shows thru by not getting involved with the Ego-in-Chief. Thanks Mr. Bush for once again demonstrating what a real president acts like

Posted by dominickspez | Report as abusive
 

Well, when someone asks, “Where did the jobs go?”, I don’t think explaining what happened over the last decade is ‘bashing’ anyone.

Posted by RexMax46 | Report as abusive
 

Bachmann threw George W. Bush for a surprise by insulting him. Does Minnesota need Bachmann? Minnesota is a wonderful place to visit, especially in the past when I had never heard of Michele Bachmann. Michele might be misplaced. She has some marbles missing. But I can’t fault her for the Minnesota voter.

Why would you want Michele Bachmann to represent you? The GOP avoids her. Republicans across the nation hate being associated with her. Ever since Sarah Palin hit the scene, Bachmann has been shadowing Sarah, wearing her hair like Sarah Palin, because she has no sense of self. She is always trying to re-define herself?

How does this insecurity represent Minnesota?

I researched her for a few chapters on my book when I was writing about Sarah Palin and honestly, Michele Bachmann is embarrassing. Furthermore, that is not coming from me, but the interviews I have done with Republicans. The GOP wants Michele Bachmann to walk away. She has damaged too many leaders in the party already and she doesn’t care – Or know when – to quit lying, making false statements, and bringing dark attention to the party.

If Michele weren’t in office representing Minnesota, I would pity her, but instead my worry hangs on the undecided voters in Minnesota who are too busy to drive to the polls.

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Posted by ThomasChi | Report as abusive
 

Here’s hoping it’s the start of a new rhetorical emphasis. After all, Republicans have been candid about their desire to go back to the “exact same agenda” Bush and Cheney used to get us into this mess in the first place.

It is curious, though, why the White House didn’t embrace this sooner. Maybe the line took on new urgency when Republicans started talking up their intentions to return to Bush-era policies more earnestly, but it seems overdue.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive
 

Yeah, let’s see how that works out for you getplaning.

Just weeks before the election the unemployment has grown to a whopping 10.1 percent.

Obama and the democratic led congress are simply…failures.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

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