Voters to Obama: Stop blaming Bush for your economic mess

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush

After three years of having the luxury of previous President George W. Bush to blame for the nation’s economic ills, President Barack Obama is finding that passing the buck to his predecessor isn’t selling with American voters.

A new poll by Gallup, 53 percent of those surveyed now say he bears blame for the sagging economy — the first time that a majority nailed the current President for responsibility.

Since his election, Obama has tried to shift the blame for the nation’s economic mess to Bush. Gallup found that message no longer works.

“It doesn’t look good,” a Democratic insider tells Capitol Hill Blue.

Voters agree.

Harry Truman said ‘the buck stops here’ and it is past time that President Obama accepted responsibility for his action,” Democratic voter Bill McKinnon of Denver said in an interview. “As much as I dislike Bush, I can no longer accept the argument that he is the one to blame for the nation’s economic ills.”

Gallup found that independent voters — key to Obama’s hopes to retain the Presidency — increasingly blame Obama for the poor economy.  The new poll found 63 percent of independents now blame the President — a 32 percent jump since 2009.

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One Response to "Voters to Obama: Stop blaming Bush for your economic mess"

  1. Pondering It All  September 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    The Democrats have had exactly 20 days during Obama’s term in office in which they had control of both houses of Congress.

    “When Franken was finally sworn in on into the Senate on July 7, 2009, the badly ailing Kennedy was unable to vote and break filibusters. Kennedy died on Aug.25, 2009, but it took Massachusetts Democrats — who run every aspect of their state government — a full month to pass legislation seating a replacement, Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.). He took office on Sept. 24, 2009. Only then, and only depending on whether Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was well, did the Democrats have a supermajority.” from washingtonindependent.com

    I don’t blame Bush anymore. That ship has passed. But it’s pretty clear that most of the blame has to go to congressional Republicans who have done everything possible to block anything that might help the economy. Obama is President, not dictator: He can’t just take recalcitrant congressmen out back and shoot them!

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