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October 20th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

When should Pres. Obama stop blaming the Bush administration?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to Afghanistan, the Obama White House keeps pointing fingers at President Bush. Although the war is in its ninth year - they make it sound like things are back to square one.

Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel says President Obama is asking the questions that have never been asked on the civilian side, the political side, the military side and the strategic side - a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to Obama's predecessor.

As President Obama continues to delay his decision whether to send as many as 40,000 more troops into battle - the latest excuse is the runoff election in Afghanistan - the tide is turning against the war here at home.

A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows 59 percent of Americans are opposed to sending more troops into Afghanistan...only 39 percent support sending troops - and 28 percent say we should withdraw all U.S. forces.

And, perhaps even more troubling for the current administration: 52 percent of those surveyed say Afghanistan has turned into another Vietnam-President Obama's Vietnam.

There's no doubt President Bush deserves a lot of the blame for the problems in Afghanistan. His decision to invade Iraq derailed America's mission there. But President Obama has been in office for nine months now and some days his administration acts like they just discovered we have troops in Afghanistan.

Here’s my question to you: At what point should President Obama stop blaming the Bush administration?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

J.G. writes:
Obama and his administration appear to be in over their heads. They don't have a plan for Afghanistan, unemployment, or the economy so they continue to blame Bush and FOX news. They are starting to look like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off, throwing excuses and accusations against the wall and hoping some of them stick.

Tim writes:
The time to blame the Bush White House passed months ago. Like it or not, Obama owns the conflicts. Having been in the military for 26 years, I believe Afghanistan is a pretty easy decision: either accept the recommendations from the commanders on the ground and commit the troops, or take everyone out. If the president goes part way on the number of troops requested, he will indeed take steps towards creating the next Vietnam. A poor decision will empower our enemies globally and put all of us at risk.

Susan writes:
Obama shouldn't stop blaming the Bush administration at all, because Obama knows that if he stops doing this, then people will easily forget who started it. So, I would always remind the people whose war it really is and how we got into it. How soon we forget.

Bob from Syracuse, Indiana writes:
Jack, The day Obama took the oath of office the Afghanistan war became HIS issue to deal with. He didn't go into the presidency blindly. Obama received briefings from November 2008 until January 2009. His Chief-of-Staff, Press Secretary and the rest of the White House damage control team need to pony up and quit trying to dodge the issue.

Michael from Alexandria, Virginia writes:
When we stabilize Afghanistan (finish cleaning up that mess) and pass a tax bill which deals with the mounting deficits caused, in large part, by the Bush tax cuts, the unfunded expansion of Medicare and the expansion of the military. That will be a long time, Jack.

Tito from Hollywood, California writes:
He should stop blaming the Bush admin immediately. We all know who got us in this mess and bringing Bush's name up only makes him look unsure of himself. He needs to get off the pot and start making some very difficult decisions, starting with Afghanistan. The majority of Americans want out of Vietnam II.

soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Betty from Texas

    You say President Bush deserves "a lot of the blame for the problems in Afghanistan" but he actually deserves a lion's share if not all of the blame since he screwed things up so thoroughly. President Obama would be a magician if he could correct all of Bush's mistakes in just nine months.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  2. Darren

    When we officially get out from underneath Bush's Great Recession and out of the Middle East.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  3. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    He could blame him for the next 7 years and still not cover all the things that Bush screwed up and when he finishes with him he can start on the other idiot in the white house that being Shotgun Chaney

    October 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  4. larry

    The administration should stop blaming the Bush administration immediately. Bush left a huge mess but Obama was elected to clean it up so get busy. The far right wing nuts will always blame Obama for every penny of the deficit so he shouldn't waste time fighting Fox News or reciting history and facts from the last eight years. The GOP is already working on talking points to blame President Obama for the swine flu. The president should ignore the naysayers and stay focused on jobs and wiping out Al Queda.

    larry
    palm beach

    October 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  5. Maryann

    It was under the Bush administration that the country went to hell. Bush initiated two wars, one which was unnecessary. The economy went in the toilet, the rich got richer and the poor got poorer. Bush laid the plans for the problems Obama is trying to resolve. Why shouldn't he blame Bush?

    October 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  6. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Psycologists say that blame is merely diversion of one's own shame.

    It does no one any good to live in the past, today is today and we must do what is necessary to improve tomorrow and let go of what we cannot affect from the past.

    So the blaming should never have ever started in order to stop it. Let's move forward not backward, we cannot tarry in yesterday.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  7. Steve from Los Angeles

    Oh, I think we'll all be blaming the Bush administration for the damage it's done for the next fifty years.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  8. Carl D.

    Jack,
    In my opinion, Bush is mostly at fault for what's going on now in our country Recession, Depression, Economy, Trade deficits,Illegal Immigration,having said that, I feel Obama hasn't done much to change anything, except talk about it. He has far to many problems on his plate, he needs to take a breath and focus on 1 problem at a time. I really don't think much will change in Obama's remaining term, just more of the same old crap. I also think Obama will be a 1 term President, I guess it really doesn't matter who is President, most are all just about the same, do what they want and to Hell with what the people want. Until we get a government that cares about it's people, and not just about how much they can steal, I feel I country is in for a very long uphill econmic battle.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  9. Catrina Turner

    I feel the administration should take responsibility for what happens now. When Obama took office he did so with knowledge that there were troops within Afghanistan. However I feel that Obama is taking the correct approach making a final decision based on facts rather than conjecture. It would seem the Bush administration didn't do this and Obama has to. That's we elected him for. We as americans also should not forget that whether we are in Afghanistan or not we have a very REAL enemy.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  10. Christ from NY

    When you guys stop blaming him.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  11. Michael Roepke Garland TX

    Blame Bush for what? The Bush War? The Bush mismanagement of the War? The Bush Recession. The Bush deregulation? The Bush Defecit? The Bush politices whic led to so much hate and division? Forgive and forget I always say.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  12. Linda in Arizona

    NEVER! You can NEVER blame cheneybush too much. They are responsible for everything! THEY invaded Afghanistan and then abandoned it for their illegal invasion of Iraq. THEY ruined the economy by letting their corporate thug friends pillage and rape the country unimpeded. THEY should be hanging from ropes after having been convicted of war crimes. However, Wimpass Obama decided it was "time to move forward" ie he paid off the republicans for letting him win the election. Was it fixed? Aren't they all? So, NOW, since Obama refused to do a damned thing about their crimes, he should just shut up about them being to blame for ANYTHING. He lost his chance to do the right thing. To HELL with him!!

    October 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  13. Richard - Florida

    Yes, real champions change the future and don't blame the past. Obama got elected because of the Bush era of mistakes, Obama should earn the trust we put in him by making positive changes that the Public want and stop blaming everyone else. When he uses the "mopping up" story, he looks like a high schooler.
    Obama promised us an "open" and "transparent" administration .... I haven't felt like he has address the issues that I want addressed, and I am starting to become troubled that he won't answer any questions from the press .... what is he afraid of .... what is he hiding?

    October 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  14. wellington527

    He should continue to blame the Bush Administration because President Obama did not get us into debt BUSH DID! The President has to reverse all the damage that the BUSH Administration did and this is going to cost money. Anyone that can't see this has to be completely crazy.. The republicans weren't worried about the National Debt while Bush was in office so they shouldn't have anything to say about it now except "It Is Bush's Fault"

    October 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  15. Matthew from Orange,CA

    When do you stop blaming a black eye for your inability to see?

    When the swelling goes down, and its going to take more than nine months for the soreness we feel from the last eight years to go away.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  16. Doris/St. Louis

    In a word NEVER, the Bush Administration did a hatchet job on the World.!

    October 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  17. Charles Reed

    President should have stop a long time ago. and somebody need to remian him that he, Clinton, Biden, Dodd, Geithner, Bernanke, Congress, Senate, all federal agengies and all their regulating enablering buddies, were riding shotgun with Bush and Wallstreet doing shots taking turns at the wheel. I guess he also did not live in the poster city for everything wrong in America "Chicago"! This is what happen when you get political Alzhemeimer's, you forget why you were not there to pass a bill to stop al the chaos. Long live Hypocrisy.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  18. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    When Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Wolfowitz & Rice are behind bars for their crimes against us, the American people.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  19. Kego from VA

    Not at all!

    October 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  20. Luwanna Guysville Ohio

    Jack,

    Never. You seem to forget that Karzai is the hand picked buddy and friend of Bush. You even said "Obama has been in office nine months..." and "this war has been going on for nine years..." So Obama is supposed to clean up ALL of the gigantic messes that Bush left behind in less than a year. The Economic fiasco, the unemployment problems, healthcare reform, making America likable overseas again, winning two wars, capturing Bin Laden, oh and being a credible President of the United States too! You're joking, right?

    I believe he is doing a great job during a truly rotten time, instead of smacking him in the face with this crap we should be thankful that the other guys didn't win (I'm sure Palin won't mind me calling her one of the guys).

    Luwanna Guysville Ohio

    October 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  21. Rory Murray

    Jack,
    He should stop blaming them after the trial for War Crimes and War Profiteering has ended, and Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. are all doing time at Guantanamo! Nothing else will satisfy me.
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    October 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  22. Donald in CA

    The Bush administration created this mess so its impossible to not refer to how we got here from time to time. The republicans still blame things on Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  23. kathleen rollins

    When the situation doesn't require this particular fact be a part of the history of the answer.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  24. Rene, Houston TX

    Until he fixes all of Bush's mess ups...

    October 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  25. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    That's an odd question. President Obama should blame President Bush for what President Bush did and what the impact has been as a result. just as President Obama should take full responsibility for what he has done and the consequences of hsi actiosn. THere really isn't any specific time frame. Children, at least they used to, learn in school about other Presidents and their contributions, good and bad, so the highlights of every President's contributions should remain as part of history and should be discussed since their impact is felt for generations and the mistakes are learning opportunities; this is no different.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  26. Paul T. Sullivan

    There is scant evidence that Obama is blaming Bush. It is one more false claim that the media likes to put forward so it can fill up the day with chatter and divide the citizens.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  27. Rian McMurtry

    Bush and his cronies aren't behind bars yet. Sometime after their conviction for war crimes and civil rights violations.

    Davis, CA.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  28. Ahmad El-kays

    Never, the mess the Bush administration created needs years to be fixed and Obama should not be blamed for it. Maybe in 15 years they can stop blaming Bush..

    Ahmad

    Canada

    October 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  29. Cary

    Cary from Las Vegas – No one should EVER stop blaming Bush for everything. He should be brought up on war crimes for destroying Iraq, and almost destroying our economy.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  30. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    After the next presidential election .

    October 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  31. David A Whitaker

    Just as soon as the republician stop blaming the US deficit on his administration.

    David
    Martinsburg, WV

    October 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  32. kevin kelly sc

    He should start blaming the repubican party for destroying everything in this country for the last 30 years.Can anyone please tell me one thing that the right wing has ever done that has benefited this country as a whole and not just the rich?Im waiting.Just as I thought.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  33. Jessica from Chicago

    I think that President Obama has every right to keep pointing fingers at Bush 43. Even though he has been president for nine months, I feel that the Republicans are turning this story that Obama started this whole mess, when in fact, our previous President, a republican, started the war in Afghanistan, the useless war in Iraq, and no regulations on the economy. The Republicans do not understand that Obama is trying to fix this mess that THEIR president started. So, thank You Bush, you did so much for our country and the way people view it today!

    October 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  34. Bonnie Calcagno

    Since the Obama Administration has maintained the exact same surveillance policy as the Bush Administration, has done nothing to change the Attorney General's Guidelines for the FBI under Bush which rescinded the anti-COINTELPRO regulations which have unleashed a horror against first amendment rights, privacy rights, the right to assemble, does not support the Justice Act put forth by the true champion of civil liberties, Russ Feingold – this Administration has no business blaming the Bush Administration when it is continuing policies put in place by Bush. Shame on Obama – just like Bush – he has failed to nominate members to The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. I give him an "F" for his civil liberties record. The same mark I'd give to Bush.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  35. Lori - PA

    President Obama should have stoped blaming the Bush administration as soon as he took office. That was then, this is now, and now is what we should be focusing on.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  36. Jim, from Concord, NC

    The Bush administration has a lot to answer for, but it's time for Obama to step up and take command of the situation. He was not elected to stay the course (sorry- couldn't help myself!) or , worse, escalate the level of US involvement. This is on area a lot of us were looking for the change he promised. Unquestionably, he is going to catch hell for whatever decision he makes.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  37. Sean in California

    Jack, it took eight years for bush the junior to dig the hole America is in. And even in his seventh and eighth years in office, bush's cronies were quick to blame Bill Clinton if things weren't going well. President Obama's been president for 10 months. He is right to blame the bush admin for the problems he's trying to solve...and he's taking full responsibility whether he's successful or not. I think we could actually respect that in a president.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  38. Kenneth Kohlmann

    It's HIS watch and has been since he was sworn in. Always pointing back to former Administration indicates to me that Obama believes its better to blame than fix. He can't blame Bush for Cash for Clunkers fiasco. We've got small town dealers still waiting for $700,000 from DC. How does Administration claim a success while it's either threatening to put dealerships out of business - and some that have already given up?

    October 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  39. Patricia in Korea

    If Bush and friends weren't so busy declaring the Taliban destroyed in Afghanistan in order to attack Iraq, I'd be a bit less understanding, but let's face it, Afghanistan was pretty much ignored by the Bush administration and now Obama has to make up for 8 years of neglect, a corrupt Afghanistan government, and American opinion, now that we are actually doing something and getting people killed from doing so.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  40. Vivien from NY

    It was Bush who put us at war and President Obama has every right to take a good look at the situation before he decides which way to go. Odd when it comes to health care – they say why is he rushing – now when comes to war the criticism is why is he taking so long.
    When it comes to lives let him take all the time he needs!

    October 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  41. Megan

    So Jack when is it BLAMING and when is it EXPLAINING? It seems to me that the only time Obama 'blames' is when he is accused of all sorts of spurious things and then has to remind those same people that he is cleaning up the mess before he can start on HIS initiatives...

    October 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  42. Jackie in Dallas

    When the problems that the Bush Administration caused are resolved, Jack.

    The economy took 8 years to get to the point of collapse – all eight years under the Bush Administration aegis. President Bush spent 7 years talking about the failures of the Clinton Administration to prevent the tragedy of 9/11 – which happened 8 months AFTER President Bush took office. It was President Bush who pushed us into Iraq, and took his eye off the ball for 7 years on Afghanistan. And under GOP control of the White House and Congress, health care costs and premiums skyrocketed over 300% on average.

    I'm not saying that President Obama hasn't made mistakes, and he will be shown to be responsible for them, but at least he's made them trying to help the majority of Americans instead of the less than 2% who control the big companies.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  43. Raoul New Orleans, La

    Jack, you cannot mobilize the 40k troops until the framework is in place to support those troops. Our decision to stop a land based ABM network in Poland is an important first step to getting Russia to help us with logistics and basing, not to mention soothing tensions with a nuclear power. It is also the reason President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace prize. When to stop blaming Bush 43? President Obama has been pretty quiet considering Bush's economic policy put us in a monster recession, Bush's homeland security policy put a horse executive in charge of FEMA (what would have happened if Katrina was a dirty bomb?), and Bush's foreign policy cost us precious blood and treasure. Bush 43 has gotten an easy ride from Obama. New Orleanians would not be so nice!

    October 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  44. Steve Chickillo

    Steve from Miami, Jack, President Bush cant ever get enough blame for the third world status he left our country in. Clinton left his "chosen"" successor a surplus that was immediately squandered to the wealthy tax cuts and to the illegal war that was Iraq. Imagine the shape our country would be in if Bush left a surplus for Obama,maybe real healthcare could be had . Face it Americans, Bush was the worst president of all time.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  45. van joyner

    Well,who else is to take responsibility for the quiremire this country is in? Mr.Bush allowed his v.p. to run the country for the most part,all of these lies and deception fed to us, the American tax payers who makes the country run because of our willingness to pay taxes basically without question,was given to a war-profiteer(Mr.Cheney).Mr.Bush went right along with the rues, useing the fear tactic as his trump card.If the G.O.P.stop hindering President Obamas administration from implementing their agendas to bring the country back to normalcy the populace will see results,along with having a little patience and block out all of these negative talk show host.I am VAN from Houston,Texas

    October 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  46. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    President Obama can forever blame President Bush for derailing our mission in Afghanistan. President Bush’s foray into Iraq is part of the unchangeable past – we cannot rewrite the facts of history, though many will try. Many, myself included, are of the opinion that he should have concentrated on Afghanistan , and, again, we are not likely to change that opinion unless new facts arise. So why should Obama stop blaming Bush?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  47. Kentucky

    when he finishes cleaning up left by bush & the gop.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  48. Edda Richards

    Edda – Texas
    Why should he ??
    As long as the irrational , vile, myopic "left" insists on blaming Pres. Obama for the trillion $ deficit, Iraq/Afghanistan wars, economic fiasco, Bank-Wall street bailouts, etc etc etc –
    ALL THAT HE NOW HAS TO SPEND EXTRAORDINARY time and efforts on to alleviate – or at least try to reduce the consequences of past regimes (Reagan & Bush) disasterous policies.
    In eight years he WILL have earned the Nobel price.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  49. Khalid, IN

    Whenever Bush's mess is cleaned up..

    October 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  50. IndyVoter

    Pres.Obama AND the American People can stop blaming Bush in 8 or more years AT LEAST since that is how long it took him to get us in the horrible pit that we are in now and will likely take much longer than that to really turn things around and bring about REAL change and reform.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  51. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Never, because it is the negligence of the Bush administration that almost ruined this country. The potential ruin has not been completely diverted yet.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  52. Patty.D. Bristol, Pa.

    Jeez Jack, Bush left such a mess it may take decades to fix all our problems. Two wars, the massive deficit, the breaks to the wealthy, the fraud and abuse of our tax dollars going to companies like Haliburton..... The list goes on and on....

    October 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  53. Anna in Chicago

    When it comes to Afganistan and Iraq Obama can blame Bush forever. Bush started those wars to bring democracy to those countries. You can not bring democracy at the end of the gun. We do not need more troops in Afganistan. We need to rebuild the country. If we do not rebuild the country then we have to stay there forever. Do you think that Afganistan will be our friend if we leave their country in shambles.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  54. Fabrizio Griguoli

    Obama should stop blaming Bush 8 years from now!!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  55. T .Thomas in Abilene Tx.

    If the President escalates this Afghanistan debacle, he has nobody to blame but himself. It will then be Obama's War.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  56. James Robertson

    He should have stopped the day he took office! THE BUCK STOPS HERE! He wanted to run the county, the people give him a chance, now it's his turn. So far he hasn't had time to lead.............too much blaming

    James
    Kauai, Hawaii

    October 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  57. Dave

    January 21, 2009

    October 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  58. Tim

    NEVER! Never stop blaming for things that are clearly their doing.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  59. Esther Ohio

    he should stop blaming the Bush Administration on the second tuesday next week. In other words never cause there is never two tuesdays in one week. Bush and Cheny and Rove and all the other goof offs from his administration the best and the brightest my foot got us into this mess and they really should have to clean it up but that not going to happen. Obama did not give a tax cut to the wealthest of us and he did not start it and he did not say mission accomplished and he did not make our allies hate us and he did not get a shoe throw at him as an insult from the arabs for creating this mess. let us put the blame and leave it there. BUSH DID IT END OF STORY. no way I think that someone trying to fix it has to share the shame of the blame of the lame judgment of the last administration.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  60. John Doe

    Now, its ridiculous that every time the president is under pressure from the economy or the war he says that it isn't his fault, granted he took his position in midst of America being stretched to her limbs, it is his war, his economy now. If he can't deal with that he shouldn't have run for president. This is what happens when someone with little experience, runs and wins over the white house..."this isn't mine"

    October 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  61. Nabil Bahai

    Never

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  62. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Why shouldn't Pres Obama blame the Bush Administration over Afghanistan??????

    Is there a stop point to talking the truth, Jack??

    How many months someone is in office means nothing. I think Obama is doing a really great job thinking through what needs to be done in Afghanistan.

    It is about time we deal with our problems using tried and true business models.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  63. Lisa

    The Obama administration should've stopped blaming the prior administration the minute he took office. He had the power to recall the troops both in Iraq & Afgahnistan.
    These wars are now his problems.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  64. Dave

    Better yet...
    January 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  65. Annie, Atlanta

    After he’s cleaned up the mess Republicans have once again left, which may not be humanly possible. When will we learn? Like our President said, “grab a mop!”

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  66. Mike farell

    Is it reasonable to ask the question, "Since Obama has been in his presidential career almost one full year, either in transition or official in office, why are we only now undertaking a strategy review in Afghanistan? Is it reasonable to expect that the incoming administrations review and assess the status of all the major issues facing the country and plot an initial course of action?". Why haven't we done so until now?!?!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  67. Michael

    After WWIII

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  68. David C. Phariss

    The Bush administration should have been let off the hook once the 2016 Olympic bid for Chicago took up more of the Presidents time.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  69. julian

    when we get our 8 years of wasted time back.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  70. Susan

    Obama shouldn't stop blaming the Bush administration at all, because Obama knows that if he stops doing this, then people will easily forget who started it. So, I would always remind the people whose war it really is and how we got into it. How soon we forget.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  71. Karl from SF, CA

    When we are no longer in Iraq or Afghanistan, the economy has recovered completely and the Gitmo prison is closed, then he can quit blaming the Bush administration. Until then, they are the messes Bush-Cheney got us into and left behind and Obama is just bailing us out. They weren’t his to begin with. When you start something, it’s yours until it’s finished. Walking away from it doesn’t change anything.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  72. DT from Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Like yesterday...

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  73. Patricia/Georgia

    Wow he has been in for 9 months and he hasn't settled the war in Afghanistan....he must be lazy. Bush had 8 years to settle it and ignored it....so yes....he still can be blamed for not addressing it and a lot more ie the economy which started to go down the tubes during his administration also.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  74. ricky

    never!!! we would not be in this shape if was not for bush & the republican. you no it & we no it .come on jack tell the truth

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  75. Steve Johnson

    to stop blaming the Bush administration would be the as saying the banks had nothing to do with the economic collapse. It should be mandatory to teach all of our students how bad Bush screwed things up so hopefully it will never happen again.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  76. Pete

    The President should have stopped blaming the past administration once he took office. It's his ball game now, and shunting blame around only weakens his political position. The Bush administration is not responsible for the current strategic weakness in the Af-Pak region; the lack of a clear strategy from the current administration is to blame. It's his war now.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  77. alexander

    Even though obama is doing a fantastic job on the war, he has one problem, he can't stop blaming the Bush administration. Even though bush did screw things up you can't just blame him for everything.

    alexander
    New Jersey

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  78. JAN

    When the World stops blaming Hitler for the holocaust ....

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  79. john in saskatchewan

    The moment Obama solves the economic, credit, sub-prime, two wars and other stupid Bush disasters we will all stop blaming Bush.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  80. Michael Anderson

    He should have stopped back on January 20th. A true leader doesn't blame someone else for the problems they face, even when those problems were inherited. A true leader shows how he's going to fix the problem without laying blame. Unfortunately the lack of taking responsibility is becoming more and more acceptable in our society. "It's not my fault" seems to be the new norm instead of "how do we go forward from here".

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  81. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    President Obama should stop blaming the Bush administration now – 9 months into this presidency is enough time to assume ownership. However, I predict the Cook County crowd in the White House (Obama, Axelrod, Emanuel) won't cease the 'blame Bush ' tactics until the next innauguration – with Obama's successor – either 3 1/2 or 7 1/2 years from now. It's the Chicago way!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  82. mike

    Blame should have stopped months ago. One would think that his decision making should be based on the facts on the ground not some historical blame view. When our troops are in the field of battle Presidents are supposed to provide leadership and not pointing blame somewhere else. I don't seem to remember Ike balming Truman, or Truman blaming Roosevelt, Nixon blaming Johnson, Regan blaming Carter, Kennedy blaming Ike. All took the situation they were dealt and dealt with it.

    Its his problem and he should be driving his understanding of the facts on the ground and present his solutions

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  83. Bernadette Loesch

    Never, ever! Until I draw my very last breath I will always know without a doubt that Bush/Cheney are to blame for the wars, our horrendous debts, fostering special interest groups, unnecessary torture, ignoring laws, fostering ill will between the U.S. and other countries, using and abusing the coal and oil industries, adding to global warming, ignoring pollution...need I go on...

    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  84. Steve Beai

    Bush and his gang had eight years to drive America to ruin. Obama's been in office 9 months. When the problems that we let get shoved down our throats for years are solved, THEN he can stop blaming Bush. Until then, the one who got us into these messes, from Wall Street to Iraq to Afganistan, SHOULD bear the blame.

    Steve
    Atchison, KS

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  85. Dan

    At what point should President Obama stop blaming the Bush administration? Simple ... when Bush provides a solution for the mess he created!

    Dan
    Statesboro, GA

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  86. Bob from Syracuse, IN

    Jack, the day Obama took the oath of office the Afghanistan war became HIS issue to deal with. He didn't go into the presidency blindly. Obama received briefings from November 2008 until January 2009. His Chief-of-Staff, Press Secretary and the rest of the White House damage control team need to pony up and quit trying to dodge the issue. For whatever reasons Bush got us over there doesn't change the fact that it's now Obama's problem. Deal with it!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  87. Mara

    They don't plan to stop. Its too useful to keep us from realizing that this administration doesn't know what they're doing. Blaming Bush whenever they can is an effective deflection and delay tactic they don't plan to stop anytime soon.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  88. Bob in Texas

    In a word, NEVER! Bush had seven years to screw things up, which he did admirably. He deliberately left a mess for Obama to clean up. You can't expect Obama to succeed overnight. Nine months is just not enough time to develop and implement a successful strategy, particularly in light of the corruption and ineptitude of both the Karzi and the Bush administrations.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  89. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    President Obama can stop blaming the Bush administration when he cleans up all the messes that Bush left behind.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  90. Patty A Banks Palmdale CA

    Jack I'll stop blaming Bush when you do...you're opinions are good as the dollar...i take that back.. you're opinions are solid as gold!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  91. Barry Cutler

    At no point should Obama nor history stop blaming the Bush administration for it foolish and criminal actions. However, President Obama should take full responsibility for what is happening now and extricate us from further foolishness asap.

    Palm Desert, CA

    October 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  92. tito flores - North Hollywood, Ca

    He should stop blaming the Bush Admin immediately. We all know who got us in this mess and bringing Bush's name up only makes him look unsure of himself. He needs to get off the pot and start making some very difficult decisions, starting with Afganistan. The majority of Americans want out of Vietnam II

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  93. Jack Dermody - Phoenix, Arizona

    Afghanistan IS Bush's fault. Obama is doing exactly the right thing by reassessing strategy and purpose. Bush dedicated little time and thought to anything, including Afghanistan. The question is will Obama have the courage to take an entirely new directlon - courage that LBJ did not have in the face of industrial and military pressure.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  94. Michael

    Obama should never have wasted time pointing fingers at the Bush Administration. Not to say that the Bush Administration isn't at fault, but we are all very aware of what the problems are especially at this juncture, and pointing fingers is, quite simply, a waste of time. We need to work on fixing the problems with Afghanistan and NOT try to figure out who's to blame for the mess.


    Michael
    Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  95. Joyce peat memphia

    Never!! Bush bought it he should own it, always.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  96. Art in WV

    Didn't you pay attention to the previous eight years, Jack? We'll be fixing the Bush administration's messes, both here and abroad, for the next two generations. The Republican obstructionists in Congress have an awful lot of nerve to expect all of our problems to be corrected in less than a year, when they were instrumental in aiding the neocons and privateers of the previous administration in causing it all and still stand as the greatest impediment to the remedies.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  97. Brenda Buhrmester

    With so much rhetoric about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq during the campaign, I'm amazed how distant our President has become about both. If I had a son in Afghanistan serving our country right now, I would be livid over the apparent disregard President Obama has regarding such a crucial part of our foreign policy. His grace period ended months ago. The general on the ground there now was placed there by the President. It's time for him to own the war and for his administration to stop whining about it.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  98. Lisa in Oregon

    The Obama adminstration will stop blaming the Bush adminstration when there is reasonable progress on righting the wrongs done by Cheney/Bush. You can claim a conflict is Obama's if we get into a new large scale combative situation under his watch. I doubt it will happen.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  99. Kathy Ramsey

    So Obama only gets 9 months to clean up Bush's mess? Bush took 8 years to make this mess! I believe Bush can be blamed until the mess is cleaned up no matter which presidency that takes us into.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  100. jim Blevins

    Given how thoroughly he screwed things up, I expect that historians 200 years from now will still be talking about the damage done by the Bush administration.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  101. Gene Wendt

    What? Did President Bush think Iraq was an island?? The WHOLE Middle East was involved when he and his cronies alone, made the decision to "nation-build".

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  102. Phillip

    Jack, When did the Bush Administration stop blaming Clinton? What good for the goose is good for the gander!!!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  103. Mike in Boca Raton, Florida

    Jack,

    Obama's blame time for Bush's actions is over. U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan may have started under Bush, but it is now 100% Obama's war. Let us not forget that U.S. involvement in Vietnam was started by the sainted JFK, something Democrats never mention and would like to forget, but Vietnam is remembered, rightly so, as Johnson's war. The same is true here for the Afghanistan War being identified with Obama, not Bush.

    Besides Bush has enough other things to live down.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  104. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    NO....... because the Republicans have .... selective memories. The Republicans seem to forget easily the failures of the Bush Regime. And President Obama needs to keep reminding us and them that the last .... eight years....... nearly destroyed our nation.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  105. George in California

    The Afghanistan question is too complex to put to a poll with yes/no or get out/stay questions and answers. More importantly, our concerns about war in Afghanistan cannot be whether our being there can be blamed on one president or another. It must be about how our national security is effected by any decision about that situation.

    OK. So the short answer is no, one cannot blame a previous administration, if only because pointing fingers does not solve problems.

    George in CA

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  106. Barbara O'Shea

    NEVER!!!

    Portland, Oregon

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  107. John Henschen

    Realistically, Obama should be given 1.5 – 2 years before he can stop blaming Bush. By that time he should have been able to undo all of the mistakes of the previous administration. If not, in no way should he be re-elected for a 2nd term.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  108. Kendy

    He can stop blaming Bush when our troops are safely home. Bush started it...so why not place the blame where it belongs?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  109. Gerry In Toronto

    Well since it took Bush 8 years to get into two wars, almost totally destroy the worlds financial system, double the US debt and let the deepest recession in recent history start under his watch, I don't think 9 months is long enough to mop up the mess.

    If it is then we can expect Obama to walk on water soon.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  110. Joan Evans

    It's time for President Obama to stop campaigning against George Bush and face the tough decisions that are required of an effective president. Most everyone would agree that the issues are difficult, but
    that's why he was elected – to deal with those issues, not to blame his predecessor. Every president inherits something from his predecessor – stop complaining and start governing.
    Joan Evans, Harrisburg PA

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  111. Lori

    What do you call it when you take the men and resources away for a legitimate war and divert them to a personal war? We should not let anyone be above the law.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  112. Marvis

    The public has a very short memory, so I see no reason why the Obama administration should not remind them of why we are so behind in the Afganistan war. Eight years cannot be overcome in just 9 months. At least the President has enough intelligence to analyze and access what has happened before committing more resources.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  113. Richard

    What a short memory people seem to have concerning this issue.
    Candidate Obama said during the campaign that he Would send more troops into Afghanistan – around 20,000. No one criticized this at the time. I was not in favor of this escalation, but I voted for him anyway.
    He DID inherit 2 wars and a record deficit did he not?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  114. Nick

    Bush screwed up Afghanistan, and republicans act as if its Obamas fault. So I think from time to time republicans and public should be reminded why we are at this position. We cannot leave Afghanistan for the third time just dropping everything what lead to Bin Ladin's terrorism. Bush administration dropped afghanistan for the second time. We also cannot leave as there is Pakistan with Nuclear weapons, that would threat the world ,if captured by Taliban. I think Pakistan is still weak with Taliban, due to the sympathisers within Pakistan for Taliban. Obama should take his time make his decision.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  115. Don

    Never! Worst president ever! Will take yearsafter Obama administration to undo what Bush administration did to this country!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  116. Kelano Forbes

    The truth is Jack. The next few presidents will be blaming Bush. Bush and the Republicans really screwed it up for all of us, now they are trying to screw up health care reform. It will take more than one president to fix it and more than one president will look back at the Bush years and think "My Bush could have done a better job at being president!"

    October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  117. Jay Hidden

    After all of Bush's messes are cleaned up, then the blaming should stop, and not a minute before.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  118. Jeanne

    Jack, history will blame Bush for dropping the ball on Afghanistan in favor of his wrong-headed incursion into Iraq. So let's shut up about it and get our military out of the area. Military generals are preoccupied only with military stuff, but terrorists are better fought by Rambo or maybe undercover agents.

    Jeanne
    Rocklin CA

    October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  119. Gary Miller

    NEVER............Not only should we not forget the imbecile that put us in there, but President Obama should find a way to garnish the former "Presidents" income to help offset some of his erroneous behavior! It will take President Obama alot longer than nine months Jack, to clean up Georgie boys mess! Please quit acting like Obama should have cleaned it up already. Eight years of mess cannot be cleaned up in nine months......give me a break!

    Gary Miller
    Smithfield, NC,

    October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  120. Buzz in Solvang, CA

    I don't know that the Obama's are ALWAYS blaming the Bush admin, but nonetheless it is totally deserved. Just look at the incredible mess Bush left this country in. This is not a 9 month fix it solution. It will take YEARS to clean up the mess left by the Bush people.

    So NO it is not time to stop blaming them. In fact MORE blame should be forthcoming.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  121. Rob

    Jack,

    He should stop blaming the Bush administration NOW!! I'm sick and tired of hearing the Obama administration talk about how much of a mess Bush left. Obama ran to fix the country. Stop complaining and do your job.

    Rob
    Austin, TX

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  122. Rex Meade

    It will never be time to stop blaming Bush. This most incompetant presidnt in history destroyed almost everything he touched. When you count up the dollars he wasted, from an increase in the national debt to the wild military spending, this fool left a debt of 10 trillion dollars that generations will have to pay off. Obama should never stop pointing this out to memory impaired voters.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  123. Anon Mousse

    Hi Jack:
    Yes. President Obama should stop bashing President Bush's administration on "what was". Let's see what President Obama can do to rectify "what was". Then we will know what kind of leader President Obama really is.
    Comment: So far, President Obama has done nothing.
    Too bad.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  124. Rick, Stevens Point WI

    8 months ago. Mr Obama ran for office knowing full well what challenges he would face if he was elected. When he ran for president, he was elected on his plans to fix it, but instead of actually fixing it, he blames Bush.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  125. Norma Martin

    Why should he not reference Bush and that mess in Afghanistan? We would not even be there is Bush would have stayed and finished his mission instead of running off to Iraq. It is a mess over there and Obama did not create that mess. He was for them staying and finishing it back years ago.
    Why are you so eager to make Obama a failure and you act like 9 months are forever. Just look at what he is dealing with. How about giving him a break and keeping your critical thoughts to yourself.
    I would like to see how anyone else would deal with all that he has. He was stuck with a depression almost , Iraq, other nations hating us due to Bush and his actions of calling everyone evil.
    Why don't you look at all he is doing rather than finding fault.
    Actuallly I can't imagine trying to handle all he has on his plate and then to try and deal with this whole sick health care scene that has been created. Wake up Jack
    Norma

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  126. pstills -montpelier va

    President OBAMA can stop blaming former President Bush when everything get back on track.He's the who started all of this.President went into a whirlwind ,not knowing which way to go.He had to sort everthing out,before starting to really work".GIVE THE PRESIDENT MORE TIME PEOPLE"

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  127. shirl hart

    Afganistan is still not Obama's war, Bush was in control 96
    months in which he chose to go to war with Iraq because
    they had weapons of mass destruction of which none have
    been found to date. Obama has only been in office 9 months.
    When you compare their time in office in months, this is a no
    brainer.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  128. Diane

    Nine months ago. If President Obama doesn't start making decisions soon, people will start to blame him for the lack of productivity in Afghanistan.
    Davenport, IA

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  129. WHOEVER

    (I SAY) WHEN he Cricked Up the US Dollar to a more acceptable value

    October 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  130. Janet Lefler

    We should get our noses out of other peoples business. Bring our troops home and rebuild our own country.
    HOWEVER, if it is decided that more troups need to go, Let each goverment person who votes for it provide a child or grandchild to wear the uniform and boots to go there.
    Time that ALL families share the load and the maiming and death!
    Yes, I have grandchildren there.
    If it is your children/grand/children you make again.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  131. Adam of Canada

    Of course Obama should stop blaming Bush! Just like people should stop blaming Charles Manson for that unfortunate bit of business four decades ago! And while we're at it, isn't it time for Jews to stop blaming Hitler?

    All these whiners need to GET OVER IT and move on! Sheesh!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  132. Gerad in Monterey Ca.

    Hello Jack.
    When should the Obama admin stop blaming the Bush admin?
    Good question.
    How about when the ramifications of all of G W Bush's screw ups stop haunting us?
    Hey, credit where credit is due Jack. President Bush earned everyone of these. Can anyone actually name one thing he was right at?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  133. John Thomas

    Hey Jack:

    Nine months isn't nine years. George W shares plenty of the blame. If If he wouild of went all in Afganistan instead of attacking Iraq, we would of already won this war. I think President Obama should take all the time he needs. Lets get it right this time. I trust the current president to do the right thing.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  134. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Not one bit, The Bush Administration did everything they could to destroy this country. Everything that is going wrong right now is because all Bush did was to let the family of Osama Bin Laden go after 9/11 when all other plains were grounded, gave billions to to corporations, gave a 1.5 trillions to the rich, kidnapped and tortured innocent people, and lied to start the wars! How bad does it have to get before you blame the people that caused so many problems to our country and the world!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  135. Bob Turner

    I think that, due to the incredibly questionable circumstances under which we entered the Afghan war, the Bush administration should continue to be held responible for the stalement that we have found ourselves in. One must remember that the Bush administration called the shots on this war for 9 years, compared to Obama's 9 months. I think Obama is justified in passing most of the blame, if not all of it, on the previous administration.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  136. Mari Jo Roberts

    The Obama administration should have stop blaming the Bush administration, the day they took office.

    M Roberts
    Trinidad, Colorado

    October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  137. Fred

    The answer begs the question: when should the American people forgive the Bush administration for blatantly lying to us about the "reasons" justifying their desire to go to war in Iraq. In terms of time, how about when the thousands of dead Iraqi's are resurrected? Or, at the very least, when Halliburton, Blackwater and the other "war profiteers" return all of their profits to their country so we can begin to reduce the deficits caused by the Bush administration's immoral war and economic catastophes.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  138. Ken in NC

    The Bush Administration should not be blamed for our mess Jack. Consider that on 09-11, President Bush was pictured in a Florida elementary school reading a book while holding it upside down. How can you blame a person like that for the mess we are in now? OK, 8 years maybe.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  139. Maureen

    The war in Afghanistan was lost years ago by Bush when he decided to take away support for troops in Afghanistan to focus on his personal war in Iraq. The disaster that is Afghanistan today is a direct result of Bush's mismanagement of that war, so Obama has every right to blame Bush for this mess. Why the American people did not call for Bush's impeachment is beyond me. Afghanistan cannot be left as it is. If it was a breeding ground for terrorists before, it could now become nirvana for terrorists.
    We cannot go bombing countries and leaving them in ruins. We rebuilt Germany and Japan after we decimated them, so why does Afghanistan not deserve the same? By the way, I have skin in this game. My son is an officer of Marines who strongly believes that we should finish what we start, as long as it is a just cause in the first place.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  140. Jack

    Come now...Why even pose that question. Sounds a bit like a double standard is behind this question. How can anyone possibly expect the President to solve every problem that Bush's administration caused in less than a year. Bush had 8 years to make a mess of our economy and get us into two seemingly endless wars, but you are only giving the President 9 months. Please get real...Jack. To expect change in such a short time frame sure is UNREALISTIC.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  141. Dave

    The day he took office. Time to suck it up and be the president

    October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  142. Roy Maddock

    Jack,

    I don't think Obama inherited anything from Bush that he didn't already know about. Otherwise how did he know to act so swiftly to undue what Bush set. I think whoever runs, and get elected gets the cards their dealt and should play wit them or step aside. Every president inherits issues from the previous administration, new ones always come up. In opinion, Obama and his staff have whined enough about Bush. I guess Obama doesn't like having to take ownership. Welcome to the Office of the President.

    Roy, CA.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  143. Alex from Michigan

    He should stop blaming Bush when the GOP stops trying to ignore the last 8 years. The right wing are trying to make the American people believe that President Clinton caused all the problems up until 2009 and President Obama is causing all the problems we face now. They refuse to acknowledge that it was President Bush that got us into two wars and one of the worst recessions in history.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  144. Melissa

    It is not Obama's fault for the first two years. You cannot fix 8 years of screw ups overnight.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  145. Paul

    It will always be a bush war. If he would have stayed there and not got into Iraq this country would have a better chance of being stable.Now it is back to where it started and obama has to decide whats best and all republicans are saying he is taking to long to decide but they had nothing to say when bush left there to go into Iraq and let it go to hell.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  146. ut mason

    With the exception of the troops fighting in Afghanistan, for many Americans Afghanistan was "out of sight out of mind". President Obama can only stop blaming Bush when we can stop stepping over the bodies Bush laid.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  147. Patrick

    Jack,

    How can one ever stop blaming the mistakes of the past eight years on President Bush. It was his administrations fault. He will forever be held responsible for those decisions. President Obama should be judged on what he does. So far we only have 9 months to criticize, which is done constanly even when you and Gloria Borger really do not know what he is thinking. Let's all give hime a chance to see what happens and not blame him for what was already wrong. Let's blame him when he has done something substanitively wrong. So, if he reminds us that the problem was screwed up when he got it, that's OK.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  148. jonsmom

    There comes a time when the mistakes of the past cannot be excuses for the present. While there is much to criticize about the Bush Administration, at least they had the guts to make a policy and stand by it. The Obama Administration seems more concerned with polls, perceptions, and passing the blame to formulate its own plan. This administration is supposed to be a political and intellectual "dream team", yet nothing has emerged except idyllic philosophy and flowery speeches. Stand-up, say what you mean, and mean what you say.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  149. Victor, New Hampshire

    Alrightie. I am getting sick of this Bush Blame. It's time for President Obama to start creating some jobs for the middle class.

    We are going to have an economic and soon to be social catastrophe here. I have been out of work for over 8 months now and actively seeking work. THERE IS NO WORK OUT THERE! How much longer can our economy sustain these unemployment extensions.

    Forget Afganistan or if you do want to go to Afganistan....Send in a Million troops and just demolish the Taliban. If anyone gets in the way, destroy them as well.

    I'm sick of this half a__ approach. Either get out of these wars or go all in. Capitalism is a gamble and we should approach these freak__ wars the same way or become a Socialist country.

    I'm just sick of having a BA and struggling to pay my bills!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  150. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I'd be careful, Jack. You are not sounding like a team player reading from the preapproved Probama script. You may be discredited as a journalist. Didn't you get the memo? If it's bad, it's Bush's fault. If it's good, it's because of Obama's incredible stewardship, which we are beyond lucky to have.. And if people don't know how they feel about the subject, then we will continue gathering facts until public opinion becomes clear and Congress gets something to his desk. It's pretty simple really.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  151. madelein

    I don't think President Obama CAN stop blaming the Bush administration. Yes, the war is in it's NINTH year! That is 8 years under Bush where nothing much was done to get Bin Laden. Now things have spiraled out of control. Obama is asking the questions that really matter, and I don't much think it's such a bad thing to delay any decision where 40 000 more of America's children being put into harm's way, is involved. I wish it wasn't necessary to send 1 more troop to Afghanistan but the fact that about 40 000 more are needed is just a testament to the Bush administration's absolute failure to do their job right the first time!
    Madelein, Miami

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  152. Roland-St George,UT

    The world (including the Obama Administration) should never stop correctly assigning blame to the Bush (or any other) Administration for their mistakes and crimes. To do so, would be unjust to the victims. That's the way history works. However, all of that does not preclude President Obama from accepting his responsibility now to step up to the plate and start being a leader and working toward proactive solutions in the best interests of the country, because that is his J.O.B.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  153. Andrew Frennier

    President Obama should remember:
    President Kennedy was the one who first supported intervention in Vietnam. He started to change his mind, but died first. Johnson made the big push for massive intervention, and Nixon ran in 1968 on getting the United states out of Vietnam, but never fully accomplished it during his time in office. President Ford had to make the decision not to reintervene and watched South Vietnam fall. All of them made their impact on the situation, and each is remembered for his part in it. It is not enough to just point fingers at the last president; President Obama will make his mark on the situation in Afghanistan, no matter what he choses to do. And the future will remember and judge him for it.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  154. Jim Taylor, Arlington, Texas

    Jack, the American people should realize that Pres. Obama took over the Afghanistan war on Jan. 20, 2009 when he was sworn in as President. Granted, Dubya screwed up royally when the decided to invade Iraq and forgot all about Afghanistan. We should remember that the USSR was there quite awhile and lost heavily. Foreign troops are no match for the Taliban. It's their country, they know how to survive in it, and they will always win. We should pull out immediately.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  155. Dave King

    How about in 6-7 years like it took Bush to get us in to this mess in the first place. If Bush would have done what he should have 7 years ago and stay out of Iraq and concentrate our efforts on Afghanistan where the Taliban and Al-Quaida were, we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

    Don't you think Obama knows that we have troops there – after all he kept Robert Gates at the defendse dept and brought in the ex commandant of the Marines to be his National Security advisor. I think both of those guys know we have troops in Afghanistan, don't you?

    How about the part about Obama asking intelligent questions – for once someone is asking intelligent questions and is trying to make intelligent decisions about what the U.S. is going to do.

    I am a Vietnam veteran and (ex-republican) and I think that this President is the best we could have at this point in time to do the right thing.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  156. Marilyn Pease

    How about ceasing to blame Bush yesterday, last week, last month or January 21?

    Whining and dithering, really? Blaming everyone but yourself...from Democrats? I am shocked..I tell you...shocked!

    The last time I felt this shocked...just after I voted for Jimmy C. and found out he actually was a whining, dithering idiot...you get the picture, Jack.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  157. Ken

    A true leader takes responsibility for the situation he finds himself in at that time. President Obama should stand tall and say it is time we all take full responsibility for our commitments. The time of blaming Bush should have ended on January 20, 2009. Any more of blaming Bush and Obama will solidify himself as a one term president simply for a failure to lead.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  158. mrsmayi

    President Obama should stop blaming the Bush Administration when he is finished cleaning up the terrible mess that Bush left. Bush bankrupted the world, got the US involved in 2 wars, bullied other countries and set on his behind for 8 years just letting things fall apart.
    It will probably take 3 and a half years before all this mess is cleared up. To those of you who is fussing, shut up and find out what you can do to help instead of critizing all the time. I see this man on TV everyday and hardly seen Bush unless he was choking on something.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  159. alex bramley

    Bush made many mistakes, Iraq, just one of them.
    Its time for Obama to step up,
    He blames Bush for the things that go wrong in Afganistan,
    Yet he is quick to take credit when something goes right.
    This will be Obama"s Vietnam.
    He is not strong enough to make the decisions that
    need to be made. His hesitation is costing lives.
    Bring our soldiers home, let the Drones do the work.
    Losing a drone is better that losing a life.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  160. Janell

    President Obama has been in office for nine months and the Bush administration was in office for eight years within this time they have put this country in an enconomic crisis, two wars, etc and left this MESS! for President Obama to deal with. Oh I say President Obama has 7yrs& 3months left to point the finger!
    Freeport,IL

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  161. Cindy Jo

    Oh, please! Republicans are still blaming Bill Clinton for everything under the sun, and he's been out of office for over eight years. I personally will be blaming Bush for ruining this country's economy and moral base for the next 50 years.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  162. lAUREL REED

    Never, as far as I am concerned. It is time this country realized that lessons are to learned from history, past , recent, and even present. If an administration fails as badly on so many fronts as the G.W. Bush model did, we must face it and resolved never again. Would any responsible person say forget the Holocaust and move on?

    Laurel. Reed

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  163. Rick, Stevens Point WI

    Oh and by the way, I wish people would STOP saying the last 8 years whats sooooo bad. For the first 6 years of the bush adminsitration life was GOOD. The economy was thriving and the DOW hit a record high. The last 2 years weren't good, coincidentially the democrats took congress for those two years....

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  164. ej in Tacoma

    I think that point is now we can not change what has happened since 9 11 Bush is gone he can't be the proverbial scape goat for 3 more years. This is Obama's administration now and he needs to move forward with his plans in Afghanistan. Better yet have his administration has to come up with a more decisive strategy than they have been giving him. We can't just leave our men an women over there with no plans for relief or not knowing when they will be leaving that region. Time for this commander in chief to move on and take charge of the situation.
    E.J. in Tacoma

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  165. BILL, WI

    Pres Obama should have started leading a month ago.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  166. Joan McMullen

    You know as well as I do, that he isn't necessarily "blaming " the Bush administration – he is REMINDING all those who are accusing him of outrageous spending that the spending was/is necessary because of the financial meltdown that caused the current mess we are in.
    They can't seem to remember on whose watch the meldown happened – so he reminds them.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  167. Eric Anderson

    Jack-
    I don't think the Obama administration should stop blaming the bush administration any time soon. As time passes, I believe it will come clear that President Bush was one of the worst presidents our country has had since founding. The initial war with Afghanistan was completely justifiable, but the war with Iraq has proven to lack both the overall strategy for completion as well as the initial reasons for invasion. With the Obama administration still freshly in office, and the mistakes as great as those the Bush administration made, the blame should still be put on Bush.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  168. Bob

    A loaded question, Jack. Clearly the President should be more actively engaged in removing some of the changes in policy, law, and practices initiated during the Bush Terror. But the way you couch your question, President Obama is damned if he does and damned if doesn't. If he goes after rollbacks in the Bush administration's constant pandering to the big money guys, you will say Obama is "blaming Bush." If President Obama does not attempt to rollback the Bush errors, you will blame him for being ineffective. What do you expect him to do?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Lucy from Cragsmoor, NY

    President Obama should have stopped blaming Bush six months ago. He wanted the job and it's all his baby now.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  170. Jeffrey Beaudoin

    I think a better question is when will the Republicans stop blaming the Obama admin for trying to clean up all the messes that Bush go this country in to? Bush started both wars, Obama inherited them, the recession started in Bush’s term; Obama inherited that too!
    Anybody with half a brain should know just because Bush is out of office, the wars doesn’t end, because Bush is out of office, the recession doesn’t end.
    How about this Jack, let’s just stop blaming, and start holding the government, Obama, Congress, Federal regulatory agencies and state government s ACCOUNTABLE, wow that’s a word I don’t hear too often, ACCOUNTABILITY.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  171. Rosemary

    While placing blame doesn't solve the issue, let's not unwrite history. If the situation was reversed we would probably never hear the end of what OBAMA did.

    We are in these wars because Bush lacked the patience and ability to speak with eloquence and sincerity and thus his approach was to fight instead of talk.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  172. Gerad in Monterey Ca.

    Geeeezzzzzzzzzzz.
    The GOP is still blaming Clinton fer cryin out loud.
    Actually, they're still cryin foul at FDR and LBJ.
    LOL!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  173. Tim Traub

    The time to blame the Bush white house passed months ago. Like it or not, Obama owns the conflicts. Having been in the military for 26 years, Afghanistan a pretty easy decision. Either accept the recommendations from the Commanders on the ground, commit the troops, or take everyone out. If the President goes part way on the number of troops requested, he will indeed take steps towards creating the next Vietnam. A poor decision will empower our enemies globally and put all of us at risk.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  174. Carly

    President Obama should have stopped blaming the Bush administration the day he was elected. Pointing fingers does not solve our problems. He needs to take a step back, realize that these are problems that he knowingly inherited and deal with them.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  175. Eric Anderson

    Jack-
    I don't think the Obama administration should stop blaming the bush administration any time soon. As time passes, I believe it will come clear that President Bush was one of the worst presidents our country has had since founding. The initial war with Afghanistan was completely justifiable, but the war with Iraq has proven to lack both the overall strategy for completion as well as the initial reasons for invasion. With the Obama administration still freshly in office, and the mistakes as great as those the Bush administration made, the blame should still be put on Bush.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  176. sandy

    When will Obama quit blaming Bush? There is no blame here! The owner of the mess , is just that, the owner. Obama inherited a huge set of problems and about all he can do is start chipping away at them, which is what he is doing. Give the man a break!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  177. Walter

    I'm just wondering...in what other job are do you inherit 8 years of mess and are expected to fix it in a matter of months? Let's not even mention that Afghanistan is not the only issue that he's got to deal with at this point in time. It's mind-boggling that people can go around blaming Obama for anything in Afghanistan when he hasn't even been able to get anything done at all without being fought tooth-and-nail...When FDR was elected, he was pretty much given carte blanche to do what he felt was necessary because the times were so bad...Obama has gotten nothing but headaches (some of which, I admit, were self-inflicted)

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  178. Mode (PDX, OR)

    Obama isn't man enough to do what he promised on the campaign trail so like all the baby boomer Presidents before him, he'll just make excuses and pass the buck.

    I'm disgusted with the American people for electing such completely worthless individuals to high office–Bush and Obama both. We all need to wake up, quick.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  179. ken m.

    Jack, we just need to get out of all this, we lost alot of poeple on 9/11 but how much money do we need to spend and how many more losses do we need to have , before enough is enough.our emeny has moved into 20 other country's do we have to be every where, this was screwedup from day one ,we never should of went after iraq, is all the lives and money we have been forced to spend and all the extra hundreds of our troops have to die , and there many times they must keep going ,with the loss of there wifes and kids becuase they have been asked to much , how many more need to profit from these wars before we say , this is enough.lets stop this bring everyonne home the cost is to great ,with nothing to show for it but more dead. ken

    October 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  180. Jean McLain

    President Obama should continue to blame the Bush Administration for both the economic problems facing this country and its war mentality. It will be a long time before we recover from the ghastliness of the Bush years. I think President Obama has brought us a long way already. Jean McLain

    October 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  181. John Kelley

    I don't know when to stop crying, or start laughing at this question. I cried when Bush took his eyes off of Al Qaeda in 2002 and 2003 in Afghanistan. I promised myself I would never vote for Bush again and I didn't. As far as I am concerned, Obama should blame Bush for the mess we are in everyday of his administrattion and here is why.
    With Osama Bin Laden still loose and the Taliban wanting to send civilization in South Asa back to the Dark Ages of the 7th Century, we have those who profess to be experts on television urging we pull out of Afghanistan before finishing the job there. The chickens will come home to roost should a Al Qaeda attack in Washington DC take out our Capital with a nuclear device. Where will the Caffertys of the world be should that take?
    We have to stay in Afghanistan and finish the job and we can not be whining about it. Far too many people have not serve in the military and don't give a darn, except to complain which is our tragedy. Unless we eliminate Al Qaeda, they will attack us when we least expect it, because we have demonstrated weakness.
    I can tell you after voting for President Obama, if he pulls out of Afghanistan, I will vote against him in 2012.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  182. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FL
    As soon as it is proven that the Bush administration's actions had any rational validity; or, when Hell freezes over. Whichever comes first.

    It is Bush's war. Unfortunately for the President his job is to make the peace in a way that protects U. S. interests. This is a far more difficult task and relying on the advice of the Hawks would be a further mistake. We should be ever so grateful that we now have someone capable of analysis of competing voices and able to make a rational decision after due deliberation. What a change!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  183. Mark M

    Jack,

    Have you ever took a job that the person before you made things so bad, you actually thought if you ever met them you would pounch em in the face? I have but I am in sales/customer service.

    Obama has the right to complain, at least for the 1st year then we need to move on, you have to give the man a year it took Bush 8 to make the mess.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  184. mike

    From the time he was sworn into the office of the presidency. You wanted the position don't complain.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  185. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, The President should stop blaming the Bush administration for getting us into the war and start doing what it takes to get us out of it. He has done enough talking its time to make some decisions. Either fight it and get out or just get out . Either way stop talking and do something even if its wrong. Jack from Nice Ca.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  186. Kathy

    Obama should stop blaming the Bush Administration when the republicans stop blaming Obama for not cleaning up Bush's mess quickly enough. Remember Bush/Cheney are still blaming Clilnton for 9/11... for being soft on terrorists... and that Bush was in office only 9 months and could not have prevented the attack even when given a PDB report stating Osama about to attack US using airplanes. Come on.! Obama is doing a great job considering what he was handed. Imagine Bush being in office under these circumstances. What a scary thought.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  187. Barbara

    President Obama, and all of us, can blame President Bush far into the future. The ripple effect of President Bush's disastrous policies will be felt for decades to come. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Afghanistan, by invading Iraq, is one example. The tens of thousands of mentally and physically disabled Iraq war veterans is another. And America will never fully recover from the damage Bush's torture policy did. I could go on, but it upsets me too much.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  188. Janet Lefler

    No moderation is needed. Those who would run others business should be prepared to do so with their own family.
    Last time I heard, no one really respects those who want to tell them how to run their business.
    "Remove the stick from your own eye before you can remove the splinter from your neighbors eye."

    October 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  189. James, NYC

    Never, for the things that are Bush's fault. The things Bush did wrong will never be anyone's fault but his. Obama will make his own mistakes, but there is no sunset clause on history. Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Besides, Bush got us so deep into a hole that 8 years of climbing may still not get us out of it.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  190. Robert Guerrero III

    Robert from Orlando, FL

    Now is the time to take responsibility for Bush era snafus.Now is the time to act to withdraw troops. Afghanistan will only be won through a strong democracy. We can not wait to see them stand on their own. We need bilateral consensus with other nations to secure this democracy.

    The war is not a battle of attrition. If it is, we have forgotten Vietnam! The longer we wait to withdraw; the longer we have to accrue causalities. When will we realize that this war is about ideas and not about causalities?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  191. David from Atlanta

    They will continue to blame Bush for everything that goes wrong and take 100% of the credit for anything that goes right. Typical politics.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  192. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    President Obama has probably found out the war in Iraq and Afghan could have been avoided. If that's the case it would be difficult for anyone to stop blaming the Bush administration.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  193. Jerome

    We all know the Bush admin. dropped the ball. The question should be should we divert the troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, that would provide more than enough boots on the ground to execute devastating offensive operations, and get the Afghanistan defense force up to speed, and give the government a time limit to recruit or conscript the personnel they need. This must be accomplished first before a stable government can be put into place . This must happen before we can withdraw, or we can point fingers all day for the next twenty years.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  194. Patti

    It is TIME to stop the blame game. Presiden Obama has been in office for almost a year and really hasn't done anything. It is getting sickening to continue to hear the blame game of the previous administration. I for one am extremely sick of it, and want to see Pesident Obama do something, other than blame!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  195. Louisa

    Jack

    President Obama should never stop blaming the Bush administration, who got us into this mess. Obama is trying to clean up the situation, and nine months is not a long time. After all, it takes that long to produce a baby. We're still in the gestation period for the Afghanistan problem.
    Louisa

    October 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  196. Ryan M

    Jack

    Bush blamed Clinton for 8 years for everything, Obama blames Bush for 9 months and its an issue?
    he has every right more then anyone to blaim Bush, look at the mess he needs to clean up because of the man, and the people that voted him in not once but twice!
    give me a break, and give Obama at least a year before you start to throw stones in glass houses.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  197. Mr.K

    I'm glad you asked that question...
    Obama should stop blaming Bush when he can clean up the eight years of mess that Bush caused. He caused people to lose their homes, corrupted the government, automobile companies have crashed, people have gotten away with crimes in government that they should have been punished for... I am sitting in a salon listening to you all discuss current issues that a president of only nine months is trying to address. We finally have a president that is intellegent enough to handle these problems with the aid of more intellegent people around him. It is not a one to nine month crusade, he is human not super man but he has a super job to so. I think we should get off of his back and allow him to do his job.
    Don't kill the messenger...

    October 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  198. Gerad in Monterey Ca.

    Some of his (Bush's) screw ups will never be fixed. Because they can't be fixed. It would violate national security laws to try to fix them. They'd see the light of day. And some of those things can't be allowed to see the light of day.
    Worst President ever!
    And the least intellectually curious President ever as well.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  199. Joshua

    I believe President Obama should have stopped blaming President Bush the moment he took office. He can blame President Bush all he want before being elected so that he can get elected. That should have ended as he takes office. He know well that he will inherit all the problems and in so doing, he also inherit the responsibility. America has only one President, and the duties of the President doesn't change from one person to another. Which means, there should not be any blaming but to deal with matters at hand when you are in power. The people voted for Obama to be President so that he can do some changes, not for him to blame the previous administration. The people know well what has happened, and the wars that began before he (Obama) took office. Therefore, President Obama and his administration does not need to blame President Bush or re-emphasize, but rather doing his duties as a President voted by the people to tackle tasks on hand. If President Obama keeps blaming President Bush and his administration, to me it shows a lack of responsibility and unpreparedness to assume the role of the President of the United States.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  200. Mark

    I can understand the current administration blaming the previous administration for the current state of our country- because I sure blame much of the ills of our country on Bush's lies & incompetence.

    I count Afghanistan as one of Bush's many failures. Obama needs to stop blaming the previous administration.

    He needs to do all he can to catch Bin Laden, after all, he funds most terrorist activities & he needs to be captured.

    Have we as a nation forgotten what Al-Qaeda has done?

    Obama needs to suck it up, show America & the rest of the world that HE can do a better job than his predecessor. Isn't that the reason he & the democrats won?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  201. Brian from Denver

    For the sake of (hopefully worthwhile) political gains, Mr. Obama should remind the American People every chance he gets of Bush's responsibility in seriously screwing things up. This doesn't mean that Obama isn't taking responsibility for Bush's mistakes, because he is simply by being President and making the encumbent decisions. But Americans have short attention spans; and if Obama doesn't constantly remind them of who's at fault for what we're all experiencing now, Americans will forget. And that would cost Obama. So BLAME AWAY I say!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  202. Mary Ann from New Jersey

    How about never. Wake up, Jack. Look around. In 8 years, the Bush Administration succeeded in destroying everything, from the mess he created in Iraq, his ignorance on global warming, to the insurmountable debt he has created for all of us. It's going to take a very long time for us to climb out of this mess (maybe we never will).

    October 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  203. Louisa

    Jack

    Obama should never stop blaming the Bush administration, who got us into this mess. Obama is trying to clean up the situation, and nine months is not a long time. After all, it takes that long to produce a baby. We're still in the gestation period for the Afghanistan problem.

    Louisa

    October 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  204. Tom from Dallas

    Rome is burning, and the Republicans blame the firefighter (Obama), for causing the fire. I dont think so.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  205. Sal Loft

    I say continue to remind people of the situation that Bush left us in UNTIL that situation has been corrected and the new administration can begin to claim its own movement from that point. We were left in such as sorry state that a lot of what the Obama administration has accomplished is the turning around of the Bush sad situation. Turing around the Bush administration era is in itself the Obama administration's GREAT and POSITIVE accomplishment! If not reminded, the America public may begin to redirect blame for the Bush era onto the Obama administration which just isn't correct. So, keep the reminders front and center!!!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  206. David in Raleigh, NC

    Seeing that Obama is responsibile for the failed $787 Billion Pork Spending masquerading as a Stimulus bill and the failed Cash for Clunkers along with other failed economic initiatives, I would say that Obama is now responsible for the economy and the $1.4 trillion dollar debt that he's run up in just over 9 months.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  207. Christopher from NH

    He should have stopped the day after he took office. Obama just appears too whiney when he is constantly blaming the Bush administration for all of his woos.
    He needs to remember the old proverb " Fix the problem not the blame".

    October 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  208. John Florek

    He who overlooks a fault, invites the commission of another.

    Syrus – Maxims

    October 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  209. Scott

    The mess we are in started long before Bushie. So long as the very rich in this country pay no taxes there will be no recovery from anything. The middle class are taxed to death. This all started with Reagan's "trickle down economics" when the rich were given too many tax breaks. Bush was the final blow to everything and the right wing's wealthy are making money hand over fist. They are for extending the war in Afghanistan.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  210. David in Raleigh, NC

    Seeing that the CNN and the rest of the media has allowed Obama to continue to blame his problems on Bush, I wonder if the media will also allow the next President to blame his problems on Obama for the next 9 months after being inaugurated.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  211. Dennis Brown

    Obama should stop blaming the BUSH administration now. For two years he campained about the wrondoings of the Bush administration. He new those problems were not going away once he was elected. If he could not accept problems of the previous administration he should not have run for the office. As my former boss once said "don't tell me what the problems are, tell me what the solutions should be".

    October 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  212. Bill in St. Louis

    We excuse the Bush Administration for poor tactics and lack of resources to our troops in Afghanistan just as we excused Custer for the Little Big Horn – after the mess is cleaned up and with time.

    Good intentions, poor execution (planning) of the ultimate objective, coupled with underestimating the enemy and terrain was all tied together with a resounding command of "CHARGE".

    Enough Ready, Shoot, Aim.

    This time Mr. President: (1) clearly define the mission; (2) set the timetable; (3) use technology and special ops to drop the enemy where they hide.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  213. Cheryl

    The comments are running 19 to 1 in favor of Obama. If I were a gambler, I would bet that you will quote it at most 50-50 on air. Most Americans are smarter than the media gives them credit for. They know it's Bush's mess and 9 months is too short in which to clean it up.
    Cheryl
    Texas

    October 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  214. Mac

    The answer is "never". If it goes wrong, it's someone else's fault. If someone doesn't have something, it's because another has too much. If they suffer from a societal problem, someone else must take care of them. This is the New Liberal Way.

    Whatever happened to the real liberals from the 60's? The self-sufficient, the man's not gonna tell me what to do (much less run my entire life for me), stinky, smelly, but fiercely independent hippies? Where did all you guys go? And more importantly, what happened that caused you to lose that spirit? At least back then if you stood up to the government it was considered an act of defiance. Now you simply point a finger at those who protest and tremble, the devolve to the name calling bullies you hated in school.

    Anyway, man up and take some ownership. If you get elected by saying you're able to fix something, then by God get off your crutches and make an effort. Whining about the other guy makes you look weak to the American people, not to mention the rest of the world.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  215. Robert Thomson

    The ball is in Obama's court now, but Bush is still to blame for starting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At some point we are going to have to decide if the U.S. is going to be the World's Policeman, or whether we should use our resources to solve some of the serious problems we have here at home.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  216. obdiane

    Blaming Bush should have stopped as soon as he (Obama) took the Oath of office of Presidency. Yet, he continues to complain about how much mess was left behind. Was Obama not aware of this before he campaigned?That is what his whole campaign was based on, "Change" and "Yes we can"( fix the mess). Maybe, Obama finally understands that being the president is about much more than just making promises, it is about keeping them. If he did not want the job, he should not have applied for it.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  217. Tony

    Maybe he should stop blaming Bush now. He may want to start fixing the economy. People are still losing their jobs. Nobody is buying anything. Things haven't approved since Obama was elected. Democrats now control everything. I am not seeing any change. Where is it?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  218. Mrs. M in Ariz.

    I thought that when Bush left office, the war in Afghanistan was going well - everyone admitted that the surge worked. How did all that change? And to answer your question, the day he took office, Obama should have stopped focusing on Bush and started focusing on all those fresh new ideas he promised to bring to the White House. I gotta say, as a voter, my patience wears thin every time I hear Obama blame something on Bush.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  219. Pamela holt

    Foley,al. President Obama should put an end to both wars. It will take at least 8 years for our country to recover from the past 8 years . What tha American people realize is that the Taliban are not the ones that attacked us, al queda was. From everything we are being told , the al queda have been greatly diminished and alot of what's left of them are in Pakistan. And osama bin laden, his tapes only pop up when the American people are agaist giving more money to a lost cause and some intelligent , wanna be, trys to use the fear tactic on us, ironically, a tactic picked up from the bush administration. Should Obama quit blaming bush? Bushe"s silence speaks volumes....

    October 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  220. Gerad in Monterey Ca.

    OK, I get it. Bush shouldn't be blamed for the last 8 years.
    It was all Bill Clinton"s fault.
    oyy.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  221. Chuck

    The sad thing is that "our man with a plan" really doesn't have one. Rather than admit that and say the "Buck stops here", he opts to blame it on the other guy...Still waiting for that "change" he said he was going to give us in D. C.

    Chas in WV

    October 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  222. Carry. L

    I don't understand how people expect President Obama to solve everything in 9 months when it took 8 years for the Bush administration to screw up the economy, 2 wars and US relations with its allies by treating them like enemies. It took President Obama 9 months to somehow gain the trust of the world again. By that, I think all americans should finally realize what kind of a mess president Bush had put the country in. Give president Obama some time already!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  223. kathy Garrett

    The title of this article is misleading. In fact, Obama himself rarely 'blames' Bush himself. He has made references, but these are uncommon and aimed at the prior administration as a whole.
    Fact is, Bush/Chaney/GOP left this country in a mess, destroyed our reputation and left the fat rich feeding off the few crumbs of the poor.

    I fully and completely blame the GOP for all of it. They should have taken their own party to task and still cannot get their act together.
    From; Former GOP - Now Indie

    October 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  224. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Responsibility brings power; it is the price of freedom; it also means helping people in need.Obama worst day is better than Bush is best.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  225. W.C.B.Jr.

    Obama should stop blaming things on the Bush Administration,when the republicans stop blaming him for things that happened before he took office.For example the condition of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,TARP, and the jobs/economic/deficit situation.How can you expect any President to fix 8 years of ill-concieved,poorly implemented policy(executive branch) or 12-14 years of bad republican congressional policy.While being in office for less than a year,If republicans got back to the business of serving the people and were more bi-partisan.There would be much more progress on all of these issues.Especially considering they are the party responsible for our national calamity.
    It took 100 yeas after slavery to redress the Jim Crow policies with civil rights legislation.That was due to a lack of bi-partisanship too.The purpose of history is to learn from our mistakes not find new ways to repeat them.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  226. ICARE

    Whenever he finishes paying off 5 trillion dollars :)

    October 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  227. mark

    I'd advise him to never stop blaming Bush, otherwise people will finally realize the emperor has no clothes!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  228. E.

    Come on Jack! Get off this already!

    It has only been 9 months, the Afgan war has been going on for almost 9 years. Sure, the current administration should remind us of how we got into this mess,.

    Subsequently, I appreciate the fact that the president is taking his time and seeking advice regarding the Afgan war. Its refreshing....

    E.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  229. Jack

    What will victory look like in Afghanistan? How does anyone unite the different tribes? How can we create jobs there when we can't seem to create jobs here.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  230. Stan from Mechanicsville

    It's obvious when reading the comments from your audience that Obama is blaming Bush because too many Americans are letting him. In the absence of solutions the easy thing to do is simply blame the previous administration. Obama won, he has been inaugurated and he has a democratically controlled House and Senate, what are they waiting for?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  231. Gigi Oregon

    Pres. Obama is not the one blaming Bush. We the people are. We are not as dumb as the media wants to paint us. We know exactly who double the U.S. deficit. It was done in the last eight years. And as usual the Democrats get to clean it up, and support the people at the same time. It's hard do do something on nothing the US has no monies. And the people are broke from the tax cuts for the rich. We the people get to pay for the rich tax cuts, now we are being punished for it. Doesn't make much sence to me. We should build a running tab of how much of the tax cuts cost the average working stiff. Now I hear mostly are women who are in the work force.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  232. Joel in Iowa

    We can stop blaming "W" when he has his "Presidential Library" built in Kabul, (Afghanistan)

    October 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  233. David

    Did you forget about the 3,000+ U.S people that dead on 9/11....Bush might have been our best President, but what would you do if you were in his shose....Just let then get away with it, just like President Clinton did in the 1994, and then again in 99'.....

    October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  234. Jeresse Lewis

    One word. NEVER the republican administration got us in this fix for the last 8 years. He should never let the American public forget it.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  235. Jon from Washington

    The blame game is only used as a defense for when you have nothing to show for yourself. Obama owns it and has done nothing to improve the war situation. He has sent extra troops to Afganistan and now wants to consider the strategy and possibly sending up to 40K more Americans in harm way. Did you read that closely? How could Obama send extra troops originally without a strategy! What is his strategy? At least Bush had one and it worked in Iraq so far. Give Bush credit on finishing up his war.

    What did Obama promise on that "yes we can" stage? The only reason I would have voted for Obama was his promise on bringing troops home. Obama has done nothing and will blame Bush until he does.

    PS Remember that commercial of Hillary Clinton asking who would you want answering the red phone at night? She was right on.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  236. NC Jeff

    How about right now Jack? There are just too many problems and things are too screwed up to blame blame blame. We all know who, what, and why we have them but Pelosi and the demacowards took impeachment off the table which would have historically placed the blame where it belonged. Now and forever it will be debated as democrat vs. republican.

    I hear talk, elaborate speeches and I see finger pointing but I don't see anything being corrected other than the wealthy bankers who lost their shirt and were bailed out now have silk shirts and alot of them.

    Pelosi and Reid have their own adjenda as do all of the other bought and paid for Congressman.

    A message to all of them on both sides of the aisle...GD IT!! GET GOING AND REPAIR THE DAMAGE OR YOU WILL BE REPLACED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER!!

    October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  237. Robert

    WHEN WE ARE OUT OF IRAQ. It seems like just yesterday that Bush announced mission accomplished. i cant belive that the Right forgot their own platform for the last 9 years on national security and the Wars they waged. After all thats how they won in 2004. Insteed they are now putting fear in the americans minds about Afganistan being Vitinam, Obomas Vitinam. I find it unfortunite that we finally have an administration and President that wants sucsess in Afghanistan and is forming a plan that we (Americans) will finally understand!!

    Robert in Dallas Tx

    October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  238. Richard Green

    Jack, I'll never stop blaming Bush, but your question was about when Obama should stop. Obama needs to be more presidential than I and appear more forward looking than I. The blame, however, for everything Obama inherited is on Bush. In place of everything we held dear and valued in this country, Bush left a smoking crater of debt, fear, hatred, negligence,and contempt. How can any of that be on Obama?

    Richard Green
    San Clemente, Ca.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  239. Diane R PC FL

    In a word: NEVER!! There's just too much to blame him and his Republican co-conspirators for as it relates to our current dismal economic situation. Blame is not the same as reminding, and President Obama is reminding everyone one while he's trying to clean up the mess left behind.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  240. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    i know I have already heard enough, but when he got into office he gained the power to change things. The problem is the Taliban and Al Qaeda will not be swayed with words the way the American public foolishly is. He has been in office long enough to put his own people in charge of the situation and assess, but he won't make a decision and blaming Bush does not fix the problem. He was hired to fix the problem, not sit on his hands. All the excuses coming out of the W.H. right now are bogus stall tactics.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  241. Whatrwetodo?

    I don't want to hear about who is to blame for anything. Problems exist, fix them. Move foreward.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  242. David

    Did you forget about the 3,000+ U.S people that dead on 9/11....Bush might have Not been our best President, but what would you do if you were in his shose....Just let then get away with it, just like President Clinton did in the 1994, and then again in 99'.....

    October 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  243. Sam

    It is pointless to blame Bush. The American voters selected him (TWICE). So virtually everyone here can point that finger in the mirror.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  244. Dozie I.N

    I'm thinking the real question should be: When should President Obama stop blaming the Bush administration for funding wars against the people that killed nearly 3000 people in the World Trade Center, NY?

    This is the picture, Jack: how many people in America die from cancer, or infectious disease each year? How much is funded to fight these biological terrorists? Information from Congressional Research Service state that "$60.2 billion" for 2009 will be spent by the U.S government for the Afghan war. In 2007, "$36.9 billion" was spent. In the same year (2007), ABC news (online) reported that the U.S federal government spent "over $5 billion" in cancer research in 2006. The same "$5.26 billion" was proposed for cancer research for the year of 2009 (cancer.gov).

    It just doesn't make any sense, Jack. I think Obama should stop blaming the Bush Administration now, since he is not willing to follow a different path, or logic. Why should the government spend more on things (e.g Afghanistan) that harm us less, and less on things (e.g cancer) that harm us more? A paradox, is it not?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  245. Shawn, KY

    Our country will never fully recover from the Bush administration. Sad but true. We can mend our wounds but there will always be a scar.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  246. Pam

    The Bush administration is still blaming Clinton.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  247. Dave from Vail, CO

    Never.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  248. Allen L Wenger

    When they admit that they screwed it up.

    Mountain Home ID

    October 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm |