How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?
June 14th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's all Bush's fault.

That's where most Americans still put the blame for our economic problems, even though it's been more than three years since George W. Bush left office.

A new Gallup Poll shows 68% of those surveyed say the former president deserves either a great deal or a moderate amount of blame. Thirty-one percent say he deserves not much or no blame at all.

Compare that to the man who has actually been steering the ship for the last three-plus years.

Fifty-two percent say President Obama deserves the blame for America's economic troubles. Forty-eight percent say he's not to blame.

The relative economic blame given to the two leaders is virtually the same as September 2011.

As is usually the case, there's a partisan divide here, although Republicans are more willing to blame Bush than Democrats are willing to blame President Obama.

As for independents, they are substantially more likely to blame Bush than Obama.

With the economy the top issue for November, all this is very good news for President Obama.

Even though Americans have more negative than positive views of the economy – and the direction it's headed – people are more likely to blame the president's predecessor.

It kind of makes you wonder at what point President Obama will own this nation's problems.

Meanwhile all this comes on the heels of another poll that showed President Bush as the least popular living ex-president.

Mitt Romney may want to keep this in mind as he selects his running mate. Several of his potential vice presidents have close ties to Bush, including folks like Rob Portman, Mitch Daniels and, of course, Jeb Bush.

Here’s my question to you: How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David in Herndon, Virginia:
Until we get out from under the disastrous consequences of his presidency. Bush is emblematic of the winner-take-all, I-got-mine, screw you attitudes that have destroyed the futures of so many. It's going to be awhile.

Bush will continue to be blamed as long as it is politically expedient to do so. It does NOT matter if it is true or not, or if someone else makes the situation worse.

David in Las Vegas:
Jack, If I had my way, I'd blame him forever for the deaths of American soldiers and the rise of Islamist terrorism. Financially, there's a lot of blame to spread around starting with Alan Greenspan who said he thought the banks would police themselves. Good luck with that then & now.

Tom in Pennsylvania:
Jack, George W. Bush gets the blame until Hoover is absolved.

Jenna in California:
How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems? About the same amount of time that Republicans have blamed President Jimmy Carter.

Loren in Chicago:
Maybe you do, but I don't. The blame lies with Bill Clinton, for easing import restrictions contrary to law to allow Walmart to begin sourcing every product it could in China, and Barney Frank, for easing mortgage underwriting standards asserting that everyone should have the right to a home without understanding that a mortgage must be paid back. Those two Democrats have created the greatest outflow of capital from a country that the world has ever seen, yet all of the newspaper pundits continue to blame Bush and fawn over Bill Clinton. What fools.

Ed in Maryland:
Until 2065, when the current people are replaced by people taught in history class that he was a great man who saved America from a man in a cave with access to box cutters.

soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, as long as there are Democrats alive and kicking they will forever blame Bush for everything under the sun.
    A true sign of weakness, zero awareness of the real world, and total lack of character and leadership.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    As long as congress refuses to take any action to right the wrongs of Bush (and Clinton abolishing Glass Steagall), mostly because Republicans want to make sure Obama fails and stupid us will put them back in power (which we will, of course) it will be Bush's fault. Waging two wars while implementing extra special tax breaks for the rich along with deregulation of everything in sight was just plain stupid, and that was just the tip of the iceberg of stupidity and ignorance which we'll be paying for for generations.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  3. Susan UP of MI

    The man almost single-handedly destroyed the country. The sad part is, he's gotten away with it via all the lies.
    People have short memories and they need to be reminded how that incompetent nincompoop left the country at the end of his tenure.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  4. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, If I had my way I'd blame him forever for the deaths of American soldiers & the rise of Islamist terrorism. Financially, there's a lot of blame to spread around starting with Alan Greenspan who said " I thought the banks would police themselves" . Good luck with that then & now.
    David, Las vegas

    June 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  5. MRResident

    Bush will continue to be blamed as long as it is politically expedient to do so. It does NOT matter if it is true or not, or if someone else makes the situation worse. It's the old "rubber versus glue" analogy. For some people, everything bad sticks, while others have everything just bounce off them. Bush is the glue.......

    June 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  6. jp

    Answer: For as long as the problems he caused exist! This man stole 2 presidential elections, falsely started 2 wars, murdered thousands of innocent civilians in the process of those wars, murdered thousands of U.S. soldiers for his 'weapons of mass destruction' lies (which he created), made the U.S. economy plummet with his decisions, made his buddies in the oil & military defense industry wealthy at the expense of average american, took away americans civil liberties & has made us hated around the world. This man has done more harm to this country than any man in american history. He should be in prison for what he has done....not living the easy life he doesnt deserve. That is why he gets (and more than deserves) ALL the criticism he receives!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  7. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    If all American and Iraqi dead come back to life, if people's jobs, houses, and pensions are restored, if he renounces voter suppression and uses the rest of his life to further democracy in Texas and the nation, I say forgive and forget..

    June 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  8. Jim, Denver CO

    It isn't going to be anytime soon. He did a "heckof a job" during his 8 years, along with Dick Cheney and the rest of the idiots in Washington.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  9. jazmin graham washington state

    President w.bush is no longer our present president.its Obama that we voted to fix our beloved country ...hes not doing anything what he does destroy our beloved country....these is what he call a change?

    June 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  10. Patricia Madison

    Until the Republicans do the right thing and vote to help move this country forward, instead of voting along party lines.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  11. Dave - Phx

    Personally I will blame him for as long as I live. He not only set my lifestyle back, but that of my parents and children. It just boggles my mind that people are stupid enough to want to go back to his failed policies, because they hate a black man.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  12. Randy

    As long as we keep renewing his policies like the tax cuts for the rich that cause the problems. That was easy.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  13. EdfromMd

    Until 2065 when the current people are replaced by people taught in history class; that he was a great man who saved America from a man in a cave with access to boxcutters, i.e. WMD.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  14. scott

    Jack he will be remembered for the way he,dick,and the republicans have all but nearly destroyed our country,and the way they handed obama the worst mess any president can have,and the republicans now,are trying to save their own hides by trying to blame him for the mess they(republicans ) got us into,and they refuse to own up to the mistakes they have made. I as an Independent despise the republicans for what they have done to our country i think they should be put in prison,The democrats are any better,but od the lesser 2 evils i will take the democrats for now;even though they can't get nothing done,with a republican congress that refuses to help the middle class,I have new names for these 2 parties, DEMOCANT'S and REPUBLICANT'S. It is my prayer that all independents will rise up this election,and restore order to our country,our goverment,by electing all new people,Independents that is..scott in florida

    June 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  15. Jayne in NH

    Mr. Bush should be blamed for as long as it takes to get us out of the messes he created. That could be decades.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  16. Boomer in Mo

    Until Congress fixes the mistakes it made under Bush that led to cowboy capitalism and the destruction of the American economy.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  17. john mason

    we will blame him until the mess he created gets resolved. of course, the republicans either don't think it was a mess or they blame the middle class. you dont hear anything about their buddies the super rich losing 40% of the net worth.
    it is the same old same old here-old rich, white men struggling to keep control over a country in which they are quickly becoming the minority.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  18. Conor in Chicago

    I don't know. How long did we blame the South for the Civil War?

    June 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  19. Greg in Arkansas

    Come on jack, History is History, the financial melt down started under Bush's watch and we can't change the facts to make them more politically palatable for an election cycle.
    However, our current elected officials are ultimately responsible for the rate of economic recovery (or lack of) and judging by the approval rating of Congress, THEY will go down in history as the ones that sold out the middle class American workers in favor of corporate campaign donations.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  20. Jorge Nunez

    He was the president and he was in charge for eight consecutive years. The Good and Bad of those years will carry his name throughout history.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  21. Brad, Portland, OR

    That's like asking how long will we blame Hitler for World War II.

    "Forever" is the answer.

    Bush put us into a hole almost as deep at the Great Depression. The original Great Depression took us over 10 years to get out of, and it's disingenuous to say that because Obama hasn't gotten us out of Great Depression II in 3 years that he's somehow responsible for the mess now and Bush is off the hook.

    Even when our current mess is behind us, probably a few years from now, Bush will go down in the history books as the man who almost destroyed our economy, and will ALWAYS have to take that blame.

    I just hope that we don't prolong the agony and make the mess even worse by electing Romney, who promises to put Bush's policies back into effect, and even double down on them.

    Then we'll probably end up seeing Great Depression III.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  22. Dave R

    When Bush took office we had peace, prosperity, and budget surpluses. When he left office, we were involved in two wars, the economy was losing 700,000 jobs per month, and deficits were $1 trillion per year. Those are the facts. He did what he did. He will go down in history as one of the worst presidents of all time.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  23. Ed from California

    Jack, I blame Clinton (ended Glass-Steagall and started N.A.F.T) with the prodding of Robert Rubin (Sect. Treasure), Sandy Whyle (spelling/Citi Corp), who both wanted deregulation of our financial market. they got that by ending Glass-Steagall. To Allen Greenspan, who said the financial market would correct itself to George the II, who wanted his Ownership Society. or "Heartbeat Mortgage". Bush has a lot to be blamed for and so does Ronald Regan who started the whole ball rolling with deregulation and his "Trickle Down Economics". Bush allowed 50,000 US factories to close and move offshore...that didn't help us, but, it did make Wall st rich and it's few investors rich also. So, in short who's to blame...Bush? No, it's all of us voters who vote against our own self interests that's to blame. I heard on FOX"News" that what happened in WI is a clear sign, that the people don't want Unions or Union people. I guess most Americans don't realize that a good wage is a prevailing wage and not what a right-to-work State thinks a good wage is. Third World, here we come.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  24. June in the Smoky West

    President George W. Bush was a likeable, polite man who lacked good judgment
    in the White House. Being a likeable, polite President does not and should not
    protect him from criticism. The buck stops with the POTUS. Notice how they
    all age faster in office.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  25. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Until the last pair of boots is off the ground in Afghanistan and until the Republicans come to their senses and admit you can't cut taxes while fighting two wars and call yourself fiscally responsible. It'll be awhile, Jack.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  26. s.positive

    Simple Jack, as long as the problem he created persists. It is called CONSEQUENCES of bad actions and it does apply today...

    June 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  27. Pete in Florida

    It is reasonable and correct to blame Bush for those problems and their long-term effects that were created and/or caused by him, and that are not yet fully fixed, resolved, and recovered from. Is it fair to blame Obama (as the right-wingers do) for not fixing fast enough the problems and effects created by Bush and his Republican-led Congress? No, it isn't. Is it fair to judge Obama instead of acknowledging that virtually all the problems he's trying to fix are the result of Bush and Republican policies and actions? No, it isn't. Is it fair to criticize Obama for not fixing problems when virtually every Rupublican refuses to help solve our country's problems, because they're afraid it might help Obama get re-elected? NO, IT ISN'T!!!!! If the USA was a private company, Bush and his Congress would have been fired and BANNED for life from the industry. Put another way, when a private citizen screws up so bad their actions inflict massive financial injuries, as well as physical injuries and suffering to others, that person goes to jail and carries the stigma and blame for LIFE. Bush was a total screwup, caused incredible amounts of damage to us all, and deservedly goes down in the history books as one of the very worst Presidents in our history. How long should we blame Bush? FOREVER! 4500 soldiers dead in Iraq.....because a President and his staff LIED us into an unnecessary and unjustifiable war. Is that really forgiveable? No, not to this Vietnam Vet!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  28. Gary in San Jose, California

    Democrats in Congress will encourage the electorate to blame Bush until a new scapegoat arrives and Republicans in Congress will encourage the electorate to blame Obama until a new scapegoat arrives. That's how they keep their job, Jack. We have a Teflon Congress.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  29. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Until we solve all the problems he left us with. Few presidents have left us with such a lasting legacy – too bad his is in the form of a massive mess he and his administration made.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  30. John LaBare, Wantagh, NY

    I do not blame him peronally, though he was not the brightest bulb around, he did become President and with that comes responsibility. He and the republicans need to take responsibility for thier actions and a large portion of the debt and state that many of thier own decisions have gotten us to where we are today. Then need to sit down with democrats and help solve this problem. As a moderate, once independent and now a democrat, I see the republicans as the ones trying to stalmate until the election is over. It is obvious to any one with a brain that the republican house and congress are willing to hedge thier bets on a poor economy to advance thier political ambitions. God help us all through these next couple months.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

    Unless you wanna re-write history, it all began with George W. Bush. He messed it up SO BADLY for America, that it may actually take more than 3.5 years to correct a problem that took eight years to form.

    However, since we live in an "instant grantification/microwave society," some people just aren't comprehending it that way.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  32. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I realize that you must be interviewing for a place on Fox news. But even you must realize the effects of what George W done to this country will last many many years. He chose to start two wars and run them on credit cards. The Iraq war was started on false information which I still believe today his administration knew, but needed a reason to get their hands on the oil. He percent of with his the Bush tax cuts at a time when we needed more money coming in not less because of the wars he started. I'm afraid if your buddy Romney gets elected he will continue where George W left off and then your question, on Fox news, would be what happened to America as we once knew it.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  33. lindaleemeyer

    Hi Jack,
    We will be blaming Bush for as long as the financial crisis lasts because the economy crashed on his watch. Truthfully we have been in a recession since 2000. It turned into a depression in 2008. It will be at least a decade before things start turning around to the point where people will start feeling confident again. In the meantime, we need to re-enact Glass-Steagel in order to prevent this from happening again. We need to break up the big banks and make sure that in the future we won't be at the mercy of a handful of mega-corporations. We also need to break up the handful of media organizations as well. It used to be that you couldn't have one corporation running everything in media in any area. These days we have a dangerous situation where mega-corporations dictate what we see and hear for the most part. They also control the vast majority of the wealth in this country. When in comes to the big banks we need to make sure investment companies, insurance companies, and normal banking get separated again. We also need to make all the dirivitive trading illegal. Especially after the Janie Diamon fiasco.

    Linda from Pullman WA

    June 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  34. Jenna Roseville CA

    How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?

    About the same amout of time that Republicans have blamed president Jimmy Carter.

    Roseville CA

    June 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  35. John from Alabama

    Jack: We blame former President's for along time, if while in office they terrible at the job. President George W. Bush was terrible, an left office with a 19% approval rating. The nation's worst recession started under his term, and the midlle class lost 40% of its wealth between 2007 and 2010. Believe it or not guess who was president in 2007 and 2008, George W. Bush. If you have value back in your 401K thank President Obama, and if you like being out of Iraq, thank Obama, and if you are glad Bien Laden is dead, thank Obama. The biggest problem George W. Bush and Mitt Romney have is that they are arrogant butts. George and Mitt believe the wealth of nation is in its down line only. Regardless, who gets hurt for better profits or who is left behind. George W. Bush is an easy target, because he did nothing, and left this nation in a terrible economic condition. President Obama has been digging out of a hole that George and Dick Chaney made. Historians will be writing about 2000 to 2008 for many years.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  36. Doug Ericson

    I think you can draw a direct co-relation between the 16 trillion dollar debt, and the money spent on the second war in Iraq and the Afghanistan war. In other words, those wars cost us about 16 trillion. Bush is responsible for his part in that, and Obama is responsible for his part in it. If you want to pin blame on any one President for the economic pain caused by the Mortgage crisis, I think you have to go back to Bill Clinton. Despite objections from Bill Clinton apologist, he was the President in charge, while legislation was passed which led to the Wall Street practice of selling Pooled Mortgage Securities. Clintons economy was buffered by the unrealistic rise in Real Estate values. The Clinton
    Administration knowingly encouraged the Banks to make it easier for folks to obtain a Mortgage. We will be paying for this brilliant Ponzi scheme for decades if not centuries. The truth of the matter is Bill Clinton was ten times more disasterous to this country than Jimmy Carter was. I truly believe this, I have no agenda for the right or the left. If I am wrong, please tell me specifically, with facts, what led to the practice by Wall Street, of selling the Pooled Mortgage Securities, ( which legislation allowed it ), and who was the President when this occured. I would also like to know, since everyone knows what a disaster it was, why is Wall Street still being allowed to sell these radio active financial packages? Why isn't Obama or Romney even talking about it?

    June 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  37. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Until republicans stop blocking progress on taxes and the economy. Bush would have preferred to leave the White House the day after the 2008 election but was obligated to stay. For about a year or more he and his choose ones ignored all the signs. By doing nothing he, In essence, drove the nation down. It's more difficult to get the economy up and running than to get a scrap heap going. It's not quite like floating the Titanic but Bush did his best.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  38. jk in MN

    Jack the Evidence is the evidence. When you:
    -Cut taxes
    -Add Medicare Part D coverage without fundinng it in the budget
    -Start 2 wars without funding them
    -let Wall Street and the big Banks run wild without oversight or consequences
    -reward corporations for moving their plants (and US jobs) overseas
    You will foever get a very big share of the blame as the sitting President who contributed the most to our economic problems.

    The GOP members of Congress get some blame for suddenly worrying about the deficits when basic economics says the government needs to spend money to stimulate the economy when there is a recession because a Democratic President takes office and not try to help the unemployed and main street America by investing in infrastructure projects because obstruction on helping our economy would make Obama hard to beat in 2012.
    President Obama gets some of the blame for not acting more like Franklin Roosevelt did during the Great Depression and trying too long and too hard to work with a Congressional caucus that had no intentions of being bi-partisan or to help main street America. What this Congress has done during this economic crisis is so very Un-American – it frankly makes me sick.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  39. Ken in Seattle

    Forever, or at least until hell freezes over. Time will not erase the fact that when George W Bush took office the country had an annual surplus and there was a timetable for greatly bringing down the deficit, and perhaps eliminating it altogether. The majority of us prospered. It should be noted that at least some Republicans in congress supported some of the measures that accomplished this. George W Bush passed off the keys to the White House with the country horribly in debt and on the verge of financial collapse. All of which was greatly aided by the vast majority of Republicans in congress. He reduced taxes for the wealthy and corporations, got us embroiled in a costly war of choice in Iraq and chose not to oversee our financial institutions. And a bunch of dunderheads in this country are actuality in favor of bringing back the same policies that got us into this mess. Are they nuts? It's a rhetorical question.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  40. Bill of New Mexico

    If Obama is re-elected, we'll blame Bush for our problems for the next five years. Do you think we will have a recovery in the next 5 years? You want to bet!

    Seriously, if this country fails. If America is unable to crawl out of its great debt. Then–history will lay a great deal of the blame of the fall of America at the feet of George W. Bush: his tax cuts combined with two wars. As well as the growth of Homeland Security and special military projects.

    The Democrats revenge against the Republicans for the stupidity of such an incompetent was Obama. And by gosh, the Democrats suceeded. Obama is even more incompetent than W. Bush!

    If you are against the wars, you have no party!

    Come November, I don't know if I will make the 4 mile trip to bother voting. I just can't get excited about Romney. Is Romney going to be the third incompetent in a row? Heaven help us!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  41. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    George W. Bush has been the punching bag for the Obama administration for three and half years now and it is really getting OLD....Obama knew he was taking on a job that would not be easy, And if things were going just GREAT right now for everyone do you think he would be giving George W. Bush CREDIT for leaving him such a bed of roses? I think not.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  42. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Until we either allow his tax policies to expire or make some of them permanent – AND – as long as there is a problem of underwater mortgages. The real reason we blame him (and Clinton if we are smart) is because it is his fault.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  43. Karl in Flint, MI

    Until the problems are all solved. If Congressional GOP's weren't blocking progress of recovery, I'd say drop it, but they are the ones that created the "problem" and are prolonging the agony, so the blame continues until we are in a lot better shape or at least the GOP wakes up and does their job.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  44. Gordo from NJ

    Bush made several major structural decisions that cannot easily be undone. He ignored al Qaeda in order to invade Iraq without real cause. He raised the deficit $1.4 Trillion dollars to fund tax cuts that were supposedly going to cause the economy to boom. Both of these hugely expensive undertakings were complete disasters, and there were others. When Republicans scoff at criticism of Bush, it shows they don't understand the depth of problems he caused. I think history will show that Bush 43 set this country back for decades.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  45. Brian, San Diego

    Facts don't have expiration dates. We will continue to blame George W. Bush for causing this economic crisis as long as it remains his fault, which is forever. One can argue it's Obama's fault we're not out of it yet. However, remember that it took FDR 10 years and a world war to fix Hoover's screw-ups. It's not unreasonable that it would take Obama longer than 4 years to fix GWB's.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  46. Phyllis G Williams

    How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?

    Everyone who enters a fire, must take the burns
    and rejoice in their blessings.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  47. Rich McKinney, Texas

    As long as the weak minded want to believe that it was all Bushes fault we can't change the way they think. it does not make them right but it gives Obama plenty of smoke and mirrors to fool them.. When Bush first took office the senate was split 50/50. For a period the republicans held the senate and then the democrats got control of the senate. In his eight years in office George Bush vetoed twelve bills and was overridden four times. In 2006 the democrats had control of both houses essentially making Bush a lame duck so for 2 years the democrats did nothing to improve the economy or to work on the housing crisis although they were fully aware of it. Their goal was to win the Whitehouse not to help the American people.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  48. Brian

    For as long as it takes to rid ourselves of our multi trillion dollar obligations from his expensive medicaid expansion to the tax cuts which really was the catalyst for rapid spending in washington

    June 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  49. Allan Hanson

    As long as it takes for the people to learn the real cause of our problems.
    Two wars we should never have gotten into, the tax cut for the richest, paying corporations to move overseas, and on and on.
    Wake up America.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  50. Oliver Brown

    How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?

    Not long! As soon as, FOX, MSNBC, CNN and others can Stick all our problems on President Obama. That when George W. Bush get's off the hook.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  51. Jay

    Come on Jack, give us a tougher question. Until the Republicans take back the White House.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    June 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  52. Ed from Texas

    As long as his party tries to blame the Democrats for his policies. Remember, his party controlled the Presidency, the House, the Senate and the Surpreme Court for six of his eight year term. They cut taxes and increased spending, almost doubling the nation's debt from $5.7 to $10.6 trillion. According to CBO, we borrow $370 billion a year to replace the revenue lost from his tax cuts, the original purpose of which was to return a surplus. And his own Vice President Cheney famously said, "Ronald Reagn proved deficits don't matter."

    June 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  53. David in Mississippi

    I blame him for the 8 years he was President and will forever. The problem is there is no one to praise for getting us out of the mess he created. I blame the last 4 years on President Obama. Maybe it could have been worse, who knows. One thing for certain, it could have been better.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  54. bonnie from NJ

    I understand the complaints about keeping the blame on him, however, the problems he created will continue to haunt us for many many years. Should we just say that starting two unfunded wars that killed so many American service people and innocent Iraqi and Afghanistan citizens, tax cuts for the wealthy and letting Wall Street run wild is ok or not his fault? Should we say that the things he did that completely toppled our economy is ok? If you want to transfer the blame for these things to Obama, just make sure there is a footnote that says everything Obama tried to do to rectify these problems was never even an option for the Republicans. If Obama administration came up with the idea, good or bad for the economy, their answer was no.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  55. Mike S., New Orleans

    We should blame George Bush Jr. for our country's problems for how ever many decades it takes to pay for his eight year spending spree, eight years of deficit spending, and eight years of nation-building abroad, which was rubber stamped, applauded, and approved by a Republican majority congress..

    June 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  56. pupsinnahwindow@gmail.com

    Ok-but whose congess are we using to decisde this?
    The start and stop congress fo GWs that is hanging in the woof room of the white house.
    Or the congress of catholism that is in session at the Royal Society of Dublin's Arena currently.
    lets write and seee.
    Politice today reminds me of what goes tru my head when I think of compareing carpet steamers.
    With the one that goes round and round rolling across your rug as ot spits fuzzies all over your rug,
    as compared to the one that rotates in opposite directions but makes you ask yourself, does this system
    of cleaning the country's carpet really do the job or just cost a lot of money?
    Or is it that they both have a microchip someplace between the dispensing tanks and the receptionsi bucket
    that is really just a big coffee kettle on wheels.
    big choice we have to make when asking ourselves if George Jr. is giving coffee to the working class to keep
    us going and sipping tea in the vaticans garden, With all that fertilizer from the ranch out there now,
    well them gardens are probably blooming better than the desert after a ten year rain.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  57. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Until he, and his controllers, have been prosecuted for aiding in, and enabling, the crash of '08. Untill he and Dick Cheney are tried for the death of 4000 soldiers in an illelgal war. Untill I get the money back that he and his administration stole from the millions of unsuspecting families. In other words, forever.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  58. David from Herndon, Virginia

    Until we get out from under the disasterous consequences of his presidency.

    Bush is emblematic of the winner take all, I got mine, screw you attitudes that have destroyed the futures of so many. It's going to be awhile.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  59. Steve, Washington, DC

    How about until the GOP recgonizes that the economic disaster he caused was due his and the GOP's policies of less regulation, tax cuts, and increased military spending? These are same policies that Romney is basing his campaign on and if he wins, we will face another quarter like the last one of 2008 when the GDP shrunk by 8.6%.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  60. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    As long as we are saddled with paying the tab that was created by his administration's decision to go to war in Iraq and Afganistan, then it is fair to put the blame where it belongs. Right at the feet of W and his war monger pals. By the way, many of W's friends and his cronies' friends made out like bandits getting lucrative no-bid contracts that have only added to our national debt.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  61. Sandstone

    "When Iran is overthrown, the USA will treat Iraq as a victory. You now have the Kurds on your side if you want them.
    Jordan does not have the Ally it once had in Sadam, so Israel feels less threat in that direction. I could go on, but you wouldn't understand, Jack!"

    June 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  62. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, the "we" should be "he" and that's Barack Hussein Obama. As for how long he'll blame Bush for our problems, that will be right up to the day the moving van appears at the White House and that day can't come soon enough.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  63. Loren, Chicago

    Maybe you do, but I don't. The blame for our current economic conditions lie with Bill Clinton, for easing import restrictions contrary to law to allow Walmart to begin sourcing every product it could in China, and Barney Frank, for easing mortgage underwriting standards asserting that everyone should have the right to a home without understanding that a mortgage must be paid back. Those two Democrats have created the greatest outflow of capital from a country that the world has ever seen, yet all of the newspaper pundits continue to blame Bush and fawn over Bill Clinton. What fools these mortals be.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  64. NC Jeff in Sims

    For the rest of his life, my life and then some and include Congress in that blame also. A president is powerless to spend or make law without the support and approval of Congress. Lets not forget that.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  65. John E


    As long as the problems his administration created still haunt us. Fortunately one day we will pay for the multiple unfunded wars and the upside down tax policies. One day we may even pay for the debt his administration piled up in the process. But sadly we will NEVER be able to come back from the loss of our liberties caused by his Patriot Act and the NDAA.

    So Jack, the answer to your question is...NEVER! He changed America for the worse and until we get rid of all of the reductions in civil liberties in the name of security, George W Bush will be the rightful target of blame.

    John E
    San Jose, CA

    June 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  66. William Miller, Vancouver wa.

    President Bush's contribution was to leave us insufficient to deal with the unexpected. As long as we remain insufficient his policies must take some credit for our current condition. If president Obama had been left with a healthy economy we wouldn't have to answer this question would we?

    June 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  67. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Until the cows come home. We really need some true leaders in our country that focus on solutions instead of blaming others. Learning from history is vital but to continue to blame others is pathetic politics and will just lead us down a path to self-destruction.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  68. Matt, Miami

    Jack, in a word, Forever! He was definitely the decider that got us into this mess. Nothing can ever change that. Only the lies of the GOP changes.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  69. William Miller, Vancouver Wa.

    We may be justified in blaming him well into the next century.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  70. Gigi Oregon

    I'm afraid for an eternity according to historians. Just like George Washington will go down as our first. I heard a commentator say this week he will probably get the credit for possibly being our worst President.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  71. BILL, WI

    He will be blamed for as long as the Democrats refuse to accept responsiblility. Anyway, it's easier to blame someone else than it is to figure out a solution.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  72. Steve

    I don't understand why we blame Bush for all the problems. The housing bubble was started by Bill Clinton. He wanted to give away houses to the poor with our tax dollars.
    The recession started when the Democrats controlled both houses in Congress in 2006 trough 2010. Check your history.
    The blame must be a buzz word(s) by the the Democrats. So why doesn't the the Press reveal the truth?
    I had a job and was very secure under Bush. It all fell apart when the Democrats and Obama took over. Currently the Republicans have 30 job bills that was passed by the House lasdt year anmd this year, but are held up by the Democrat controlled Senate. Why isn't this big news. Why atre democrats blaming the Reublicans and why isn't the Press reporting this??
    Since Obama took over not only it got worse but I can see in the future that, if Obama gets re-elected, it is even going to get worser. So why can't the Liberals see that? Are we on a different planet or have the Liberals been brainwashed to no end.
    All the Obama administration has done is made multi millionares in China by bailing out GM with our tax dollars. China is selling GM cars in China made in China. It is one of the biggest Corporations in China. Here in the states it's a flop.
    The GM stock has dropped over 50% since the bailout. Check your stock reports. Don't the people get it that they have been brainwashed and duped big time. Blaming Bush is very convenient. Next we are going to blame the Europeans for our problems. It reminds me of a little kid growing up, He did it, it's his fault. Do you remember those days. It sounds like the Obamamites never grew up.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  73. Kevin in CA

    Until his family successfully re-writes history.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  74. jharris

    How long will we blame Bush? Until Wall Street does right or if Obama is defeated and the recovery booms with Romney as president. Or if Obama is relected and the economy picks up.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  75. Rich in Gainesville FL

    The voters elect those who represent us. Look in the mirror. This is our own fault. Until we accept that and act on it, expect more of the same.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  76. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    George W.Bush and his administration deserve praise in the sense that as a result of their style of governance our country has been put "on the couch". We have been forced to examine and reflect upon how greed, mismanagement, and malfeasance can ruin a great nation. In other words we are still detoxing from those 8 years. It has been a difficult and grueling process but the time for playing the blame game is over. And it goes for republicans also who continually blame President Obama for all of our nations woes. The fog has been lifting for nearly 4 years now and many people don't like what they see. For politicians especially it is a lot easier to run off at the mouth and blame someone than getting down to the business of fixing problems.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  77. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Bush put the U.S. into a tail spin which continued to wreak havoc even after Obama took over. Obama has done the best he could given the utter turmoil the country was in when he took the reins. Add to that the fact that the Republicans have shot Obama down at every turn ... it's no wonder that he hasn't been able to accomplish much. Bush was a joke and will be known as a joke forever more ... at least Obama is trying. Give him a break.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  78. Scott Stodden

    Jack, George W. Bush Was In Office For 8 Yrs And In That Amount Of Time He Managed To Fight Two Wars That We Couldn't Afford, We Gave Loans At A Rapid Rate, Unemployment Went Up Dramatically So Tell Me How Is That President Obama Is To Blame? Hey America, Don't Listen To The Media-Just Re-Elect President In 20121

    June 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  79. Ray E. (Georgia)

    People voted for the Politicians that put all the Big Liberal Social Programs in place. The people are responsible for the faied Economy.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  80. Ed Crocheron, West Chester, PA

    Honestly? I think 12-15 years, and the only with congressional cooperation & shared pain. It took Clinton 8 & he didn't have near as much mess to clean up.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  81. Oliver El Paso, TX

    George W. Bush,he will be remember for infinite like President Hover who cost the great depression. The mass that he left us in and all the suffering Americans have had to through, but the GOP is blaming President Obama we the people know 68% better.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  82. JM from DFW

    When you reduce Government Regulations, Intimidate Regulators, Reduce Tax Revenue without improving the economy, enter two wars, you have to accept responsibility for what took place in 2008.

    If congress objective is to return to the policies embraced by George Bush, we need to continue to remind voters how we got into this mess in the first place.

    If you don't study History, it will repeat itself!

    June 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  83. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Captain Smith gets the blame for the Titanic's sinking. Herbert Hoover got the blame/credit for the 1929 crash. Why should George W Bush be treated different? Have the correct person bare the responsibility.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  84. Duke from the Crowbar Saloon, Oregon

    Future historians will accurately lay the responsibility for the 2007 – 2008 economic debacle and its long aftermath on the Bush/Cheney administration. We, the USA, came very close to economic collapse. Conditionally bailing out the USA's auto industry has proved to be one great idea, this industry has rebounded strongly & has given us one leg up amid this dire situation. Yes, Obama should have done more..... a much larger stimulus & a fair tax system was/is needed, though the Republicans would block anything Obama tries to do, while not proposing any of their own ideas yes? Does the GOP have any new ideas? Do they care enough about the USA to be willing to compromise and work with Democratic politicians on a solution? This great country was built on that kind of willingness– does it seem like the Republicans want to tear it down?

    June 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  85. Curt in Avon, Indiana

    Forever Jack, forever.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  86. Riley ODay

    When most of the Iraq people are happy and when we have paid for that mess. So never is the time frame.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  87. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    All Presidents since Reagan, carelessly contributed to our major problem, the crippling national debt. All administrations spent like drunken sailors, and raised taxes except G.W. Bush, who was responsible for the trillions of dollar tax cuts, and. two unpaid for wars that accelerated our debt.
    Bush administered the coup de grace to our mortally wounded economy that was brought to its knees by previous administrations. Call it blame or call it his legacy. What is ironic, the Republican Congress insists on honoring that legacy by continuing those destructive tax breaks, Their actions perpetuate the blame, and finger pointing.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  88. Larry from Kansas


    As long as there is time. After 8 years of political gridlock(compared to crossing the George Washington Bridge at 5:00)2 wars(no one still knows why) and a do nothing Administration and the MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY attitude, time will not heal this political wound.

    Larry from Kansas

    June 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  89. Roger from Albion PA

    We should blame Bush but he's not running for re-election in 2012. A guy who promised to fix everything is.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  90. Nick from PA

    For far too long. To continue to place blame on one person when our country is run by many people is foolish. We voted him and all of the other leaders in during that time frame, in truth we have no one to blame but ourselves.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  91. 1grasshopper

    They will blame him just as long as they will Obama when he leaves office.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  92. David of Alexandria VA

    As far as i'm concerned, the consequential damages or constructuve outcomes of whatever Bush did or did not do are old history. That train has left the station. The new guy was voted in to fix what ails us, whether that was something done by his predecessor, Osama bin Laden, hurricane Katrina, Bear Sterns, Bernie Madoff or the Tooth Fairy. I have no time to listen to someone explaining his own shortcomings because of someone gone for over 3 years. You play the hand you get. What is it about the term "leader" in his job description that is so elusive?

    June 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  93. Conor in Chicago

    Yes I do hold George W Bush largely responsible for our current economic condition. First of all, he was an ardent supporter and practitioner of mass deregulation and Trickle Down Economics that led to the economic crash we are currently dealing with. Second of all, lowering taxes in a time of war is the most irresponsible thing a President can do and the fact that he, even after Iraq went to hell and it was clear that we weren’t going to be “greeted as liberators”, still decided to finance that war on the Chinese and Japanese credit card instead of taxing the socio-economic class (AKA, the 1%) that benefited from that war shows a level of incompetence nearly unparalleled in modern history. Third, he left the cost of the Iraq war off the books so that the citizens of this country would not see a correlation between the cost of that war and our ballooning debt. And lastly, and most importantly, his policies did absolutely nothing and instead encouraged the continuation of off-shoring our economic base to the Third world while not replacing these jobs with anything other than minimum wage jobs without health insurance.

    So yeah, our current economic woes are the result of an economic crash that was enabled by deregulation and tax breaks he supported and enacted, and, our ability to recover from this fiasco has been rendered moot because we bankrupted ourselves fighting unnecessary wars that benefited the rich that financed his Presidency.

    Republicans might be sick of hearing Obama and others blaming Bush for our current troubles, but if someone burns down my house and that same person is screaming at me that I haven’t rebuilt it yet I am going to remind them why it’s taking so long…

    June 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  94. clephas

    We'll probably still be blaming him five years from now, as it is a fact that his policies – in particular his tax cuts and refusal to properly regulate the financial sector – caused the collapse in the first place. Not to mention the fact the costs of the Iraq invasion and occupation, which should never have happened.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  95. Gurgyl

    Face the fact, jack, it is an irreparable damage done to this nation with WARS, CHEAP LABOR from Indis, Mexico, china etc, trickle down nonsense. Every reason to cry....do job-training, focus on manufacturing, etc.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm |

    Well, lets us see. War in Afgan., no way to pay for it. War in Iraq, it will pay for itself with oil, pardon me while i get up off of the floor when I stop laughing. A tax break for the wealthy will increse revenue and will pay for itself Ending and or stoping these three things would help to start things in the right direction.
    The cost to military personal has and is, apperent6ly no ones concern, After all they agreed to go. Now you take a war prison ion the Isl. of Cuba the cosing of keeps geting voted down, at what cost. Those are a few of the things put in place by Prs. Bush.
    No Obama my well loose, perhaps he should, but, whoever is pres. next and in the near future will still have Pres Bush's follys to deal with, so ask that question again in 4, 8. or 12 years as it will still be applecable.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  97. Miguel Morris-Austin, Texas

    This nightmare should come to a skreaching halt in November 2012. Then blaming the past President will be in vogue and be accurate. The main difference will be that corrective actions will start immediately because our new President will know what to do to create jobs, reduce the deficient, and stimulate the economy with out paying off the FATCATS.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  98. L. Andi Anderson, NH

    If the shoe fits, wear it. I am sick of hearing how much President Obama has destroyed our country, when in fact, most of the damages done were under Republican presidents, especially under GW Bush. It seems that a lot of people have very short lived memories. I, for one, remember.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  99. Mr. D

    I have news for you, Obama does "own" the current problems of the country. He wanted the presidency, and he got it, along with all its attendant problems. He is finding out that it takes substance not just style to run the country. Congress hasn't helped much in getting things going again. Let's leave George alone, that's history.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  100. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Until the economy gets better. Two unfunded wars, Part D medicare unfunded, ten years of tax cuts for his millionaire friends including his family unfunded, tax breaks for big oil and deregulating banks and etc. Denying Bush is responsible for our economy , is like denying Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with knocking down the World Trade Center buildings.American are stupid they forget to easy. What part of Bush left office with lowest approval rating as any president in history don't people remember:It was 22%!

    June 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  101. chris

    i stopped 2 years ago he had a chance he blew it with pasing a health care bill know as obamacare 2,700 page bill they passed in the middle of the nigth without readign it or lettign us know what is in it and failed bailouts after fail bailouts remember sylyondra it's his mess and he's out in nov

    June 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  102. David, in hot and sunny Tampa

    Life is lonely at the top Jack. Those in power get the blame when things go bad and all the credit and a lot of gold when they go well. Does Bush, and now Obama, deserve blame for our woes, yes and no. Economies take awhile to get screwed up and awhile to straighten themselves out. The biggest problem we have isn't the resident in the White House, it is those in Congress and the way too cozy relationship between the power structure of the public and private sectors. How we divorce these two harlots is an age old question with seemingly no answer. Greed works sometimes, but it is also the pathway to disaster as our country is experiencing. The economy seems to be at a bottom and we could see signs of recovery soon. Loop back to second sentence; boom and bust. Blame Bush, Obama, Congress and those like the CEO of JP Morgan.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  103. curtis in philadelphia

    Captain Smith was the captain of the White Star lines' Titanic when it sank. I think we will blame Bush until we can name another White Star line captain. Take as much time as you need to name one Jack........

    June 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  104. GSMITH

    When Romney wins the Election, he can say it is Obama's fault

    June 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  105. j.torrey1@hotmail.com

    George W. Bush put us in this situation, but the GOP has been working on making sure that Obama could not solve it. So Yes George is the blaim, but the GOP and their exstremist ideas created the way for it to happen way back when Reagan was in office.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  106. Ken in MD

    When do we stop blaming Booth for killing Lincoln? When do we stop blaming al-Qaeda for 9/11? The passage of time does not remove blame for a disaster. The current economic crisis was started by the policies of Bush and his cronies. That doesn't change just because it happened 4 years ago.

    Once we get out of the mess caused by that administration, we can stop blaming him for the "current" conditions. But he will always be to blame for the crisis that started on his watch.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  107. Jake

    Hey CNN it's going to take a long time for the economy to recover from Bush. Don't blam Obama for trying to fix everthing in less then 4 years, because it's like asking make a birthday cake in 5 minutes.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  108. Stephanie in Seattle

    obama will blame Bush until he leaves office. We knew he was inexperienced when we hired the guy. Why should we be surprised? If he gets a second term our nat'l debt will grow, unemployment will remain for the most part stagnant and we'll all be that much worse off. If they guy had a plan he'd have used it by now. If he had a plan and didn't use it..well then I dislike him even more than I do now.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  109. Spruse

    As long as it takes for the US to get to where it was before his presidency.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  110. Nick

    Time doesn't run out on the truth, Jack!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  111. Matt in Nebraska

    Simple. Until they're fixed.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  112. DA Travis

    We are going to blame George Bush for at least 8 years Jack. That is how long it took Bush to screw things up.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  113. Rob

    I'm okay with everyday for the rest of his life.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  114. Steve Wylie

    I think President Bush will rightly be seen as the source of the problem until we feel stable and safe again. I think he will always be marred as the guy who let our problems happen. When he was being elected I remember hearing that he had run two companies into the ground–well, how about we blame the people who elected him? We knew what he would do.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  115. Scott

    How about spreading some of the blame around? While POTUS (past and/or present) makes for a convenient target, there are an awful lot of law-makers, politicians, lobbyists, corporations, and even we the people who have contributed to the mess we're in. Stop blaming and start fixing; not making promises to fix, actual fixing.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  116. DT in Brooklyn

    Bush claimed it the second he uttered THOSE famous words" Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists". Foreign relations went to the toilet, and the money began to bleed the country dry.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  117. TC Smythe

    Bush will be to blame until the effects of his mistakes fade away – which will be awhile, given their magnitude.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  118. Myth

    I think it's time to stop blaming Bush. Let's put the blame where it belongs, on the bankers and elitists who have bankrupted this country and are backing both horses in a two horse race for the presidency.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  119. Tonybottomline

    Enough Bush Blaming. We Need A Fixer In Chief; Not A Blamer In Chief.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  120. Fred

    Simple, Jack. Until the problems go away.

    South Carolina

    June 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  121. Larry in Houston

    How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?
    Answer : A Great Deal (much of the blame) He was elected by the VOTERS the First time around as far as I'm concerned. His 2nd term was elected by the Supreme Court. and IF Romney's pick for Veep is 'ol uncle Jeb, then Romney Just Lost the election. In my opinion, the only "bush" that had ANY 1/2 way decent "smarts" was Bush 41.
    The "boy" ( Dubya) is the most dumbest this country ever had, & probably will ever have. Sorry to be so harsh on the "bushes" Jack, but that's my opinion.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  122. Mike R.

    We can blame GW Bush until it's not true any more

    June 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  123. Mr. Jalundhvoila

    Until the Democrats see the wealth of the nation equally distributed among every American citizen.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  124. Viola Peterkin

    About as long as a bankruptcy stays on your credit report – 7-10 years!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  125. Linda in Arizona

    Until the republicans succeed in rewriting history, like you're trying to do now.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  126. lynn

    Its bush's fault and you and your ilk can also take part of the blame for your failure to call out the hypocrisy and lies of the Gop.

    Jack,you sit there day after day trying your damndest to get the public to put the blame on the President but it won't work you seem to think we haven't been watching since Mr.Obama took office.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  127. TC Smythe

    It took 8 years for Bush to ruin the economy – it will be 16 more before I expect a recovery.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  128. kfrederick

    Bush will be blamed as long as Congress prevents any Obama bills/budgets/plans from passing and getting implemented. If the President is frozen out of the process to improve the conditions of the country, we can't blame him for failed efforts if they don't exist.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  129. Felix, Dallas TX

    Jack, the answer is simple. We will continue to blame Bush for 8 years because that's how much it took him to destroy the economy with two wars and squandering a surplus handed to him by Clinton.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  130. Larry Las Vegas

    Until we start to blame Clinton for repealing Glass-Stegal and signing the Community Re-Investment Act. Both led to the banks making loans to people who could never pay the mortgage. Someday folks will learn that Clinton started it all in 1999..

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  131. Derek P MI

    Anyone who's ever babysat kids knows it always takes longer to clean up a mess than it takes to make it! Bush got 8 years (somehow) give Obama his 8!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  132. Tony C

    As long as the facts themselves don't change. Bush's policies got us in this mess and nothing can happen to change that historical fact – unless you're into Republican revisionism, of course.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  133. Peter from Toronto

    Bush created problems so big that will take a decade just to do undo the immediate effects.

    But how long will the blame on Bush last? Probably only until Republicans run a billion dollars in ads to convince everyone that it's all Obama's fault.

    But even if people recognize that it's Bush's fault and not Obama's, they may still want a change away from Obama because he's not fixing the problems fast enough. Yes, they'll be going back to the people and policies that created the problem in the first place, but Cognitive Dissonance is not just a psychological phenomenon: it's the unofficial motto of American politics.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  134. Jordan

    As long as we have these problems. Who else is to blame? You can't blame Obama for inheriting a lousy economy. However, you can blame him for not being able to get us out. If you buy a lousy car, do you blame the new owner for it's problems? No, you blame the previous owner for not taking care of it.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  135. Marilyn-Z

    The Bush era will always carry the blame. His polocies caused the recession. It will be written in history books

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  136. Brian

    I am a registered republican and I blame the Bush administration for taking us to the brink of a depression but I blame a republican lead congress for keeping us there by not being able to get out of the way of the far right's mandate and for publicly stating that their one goal was to ensure that Obama failed. To me this shows they put thier politics above the health of the nation. I am actually ashamed to be a republican. In summary I no longer blame Bush for our current situation but I do blame the republicans currently in office for where we are today. How much better could we be now if everyone actually focused on our country and less on thier own individual goals.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  137. Jake in Omaha

    How long will we blame George W. Bush for our problems?

    Forever! He is responsible for crashing our economy. Poor decisions by his administration will be with us for years to come. If you go to war you have to pay for it. If you pass cut taxes for have to cut spending. The llist goes on and on.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  138. Van Anderson

    That's easy, Jack! As soon as middle class families are made as whole as the hedge fund managers and bankers who were bailed out by TARP, then Bush will no longer be to blame... This may take a while.

    Van Anderson, Packwood, WA

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  139. Derek P MI

    8 years to make this mess, 8 years to clean it up...

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  140. Wayne - Orlando

    Oh about 40 years, which is the generally accepted time frame spent wandering in the desert.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  141. Bill (Alabama)

    Jack – as long as Republicans continue to blame Jimmy Carter for the Iranian fiasco and give Ronald Reagan credit for everything good since Creation, it's only appropriate to blame Bush for the tax cuts he created while firing up unnecessary wars and unfunded Medicare prescription programs, all of which continue to drag down our economy and increase our debt!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  142. Liz Florida

    In a word forever.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  143. Margot in Washington

    As long as there are families living their lives without a soldier who died in Iraq!!!!! You media types don't get it....A war built on lies, an economy in freefall and "no-bid" contracts to Blackwater and Halliburton......The level of disrespect to the American people by his adminstration was enormous...and lethal. When the Republicans finally muster the COURAGE to apologize to the American people, I might vote Republican again........but, it's always someone else's fault and that cowardice should not be rewarded.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  144. Joyce McClintock

    How long will we blamw Herbert Hoover for the Great Depression? Some mistakes never expire! You can blame Obama for not fixing the problem, but the problem was still caused by Bush.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  145. Lisa s N.J

    I blame both parties for the fiscal mess this country is in. But I also blame my fellow Americans we have gotten what we have settled for.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  146. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The problems did not stem from Bush alone, but from the Republican dominated congress also. Even today the Republican house and Senate members refuse to compromise or initiate the good ideas either Democrat or Republican.

    The blame ends of course when the disease is cured.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  147. Dan in Aluquerque

    Jack, it will end when the deficits created by two unfunded wars and the Bush tax cuts end, and when tax looppholes for big business are controlled. Those actions will get our country well on the way to recovery. Without revenue in addition to cutting back in every area possible without further damaging our fragile situation, there can be no recovery.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  148. Braven Lyall - Southfield, MI

    The American people will continue to put blame on Bush as long as he was the last president before the incumbent. As soon as we start calling Obama, Former President Obama, blame will shift away from Bush.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  149. D.A. Benson

    Democrats and most in the main stream media will blame Bush for the economy even after Obama loses. They certainly can't allow the president to run on his record. The most important and ignored part of the poll is that a majority of Americans believe this is Obama's fault. That ignored statistic will be fatal to the Obama campaign.

    Dale, Phoenix

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  150. Derek P MI

    Dose it even matter what Obama try's to do?? None of it ever gets thru congress! That's what's slowing it up and THAT'S what the GOP wants.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  151. Charles in Florida

    How we got in the mess will never change. It is history and subject only to interpretation and misinterpretation. Obama is responsible for how far we have come or not come since then.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  152. Brian in WV

    Remember when Carter was the worst president ? It did'nt make any sense to blame him then, either, but republicans got 12 years out of it.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  153. Reggie53

    I would like to ask you liberals/democrats what would have happen if Bush had not gone after the terrorist groups who were responsible for 9/11 and another attack had happened in our country? It would have been said that he was a coward and that he had done nothing to stop it from happening again and so he had to go to war to prevent another attack. WHAT SHORT MEMORIES WE HAVE AS A PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!When the act of terrorism took place in our country and Bush took steps to prevent it from happening again......this was a brave decision and we should never forget that he kept us and our country safe. Obama took over in 2009 and he has spent more money than Bush did in his 8 years and should he not take any blame for his inability to help our country rather than destroying it as he is doing??? Obama is way over his head with this job that's why the country is suffering and instead of him stepping aside and letting somebody with business experience take over, he thinks he needs another term. Another term to finsih the job of destroying our great country???? I dont think so and thats why in November he will be voted out of office!!!!!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  154. Renee, Illinois

    How long? The passage of time does not alter who's responsible. Look at it this way. Bush dug a very big hole. Obama has been trying to fill in that hole, albeit by the handful when he should be using a shovel. But the Republicans keep jumping in shoveling more dirt out, keeping the hole deep because it suits their political purposes. They're all responsible to some degree. But the hole would not have been there in the first place if not for Bush. He's going to take the blame in the history books, that's in perpetuity.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  155. esrick hamilton

    When we get back the jobs bush lost
    And congress starts to pass some of Obama

    June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  156. Derek P MI

    How long has the coyote been chasing the roadrunner?

    June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  157. Steve

    You must put blame where it belongs.All be it slow,borderline stagnant. The President has turned the economy in a path of gowth. Rederick makes good sound bites. But the numbers are infallible.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  158. Edward

    It will never be the case that Bush wasn't responsible for the bank blowout. At any time during his presidency he could have put the brakes on the economy by sending in the FBI to stop the sub prime fraud in the banking industry. That would have upset his friends, the same way warning them that their airlines were going to be hijacked.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  159. kaytee

    Until the republicans let this president be the president. They stand in his way on EVERYTHING, no matter the
    consequences to the country! The republicans have had one policy since Obama came into office, "to make him a one term president". They will do anything and everything to make him look bad, including letting the economy stay in the ditch! So until they stop trying to sabotage him, I will keep blaming republicans, no matter how the media tries to put this Obama!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  160. Fareed

    Forever undoubtedly. Starting a war for the purpose of competing with the EU to control how gas is traded ended up being disastrous. Our goal now should be realistically persuing common education towards the realization that the solution for this economic chrisis is raising taxes and printing more more money, having back a democratic system, so far-fetched unfortunately

    June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  161. Anthony from Swedesboro

    Bush went on a spending spree the likes of which his country has never experienced before. Americans are an impatient lot and expect this president to wave some magic wand and cure our devastated economy in three years. Considering a recalcitrant Congress and continuous slurs and insults directed against him, Obama has kept his country on a slow but steady recovery. Romney wants to throw a wrench in the works and throw the economy into a double dip to aid his honchos on Wall street. Get ready for the greedy market to reopen it's gambling casinos and the Middle class to further go down the drain. It mystifies me how this message can resonate to voters.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  162. VietnamVet

    Until the Republican Corporate leaders regain their patriotism and return the American Jobs they sold out to the Communists, George Bush and the rest of the Koch muppets will be at fault for the massive failure of the American Economy. The ripple effects on Europe and the rest of the world are still traveling in waves. Current economic theory is a MASSIVE failure for Americans. It's been wonderful for a few at the top, but, for everyone else – FAILURE. If congress had passed the economic policies requested by the president and everthing failed... then it would be his. They have been stalemating the economy hoping others besides their zombie faithful will forget that they are the ones the traded in the American economy for a fat purse. Benedict Arnold would be so proud. After all, he also traded American intellectual property for a profit on a world economy.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  163. Cooper R.

    President Bush will continue to take the blame for the current economic problems the U.S. faces until the next Republican President takes office. If Romney is elected the blame will shift to President Obama.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  164. I'm a Rose

    I will blame him forever. He is the one that spent all of the big surplus that Prez. Clinton left in his care. He started the unnecessary wars letting our service men and women be killed. He got the big tax cuts for the rich who for sure didn't need it but let the hungry and needy go without. Bush should actually be in jail along with Cheney and Rummy.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  165. john

    The damage done by GW Bush is going to take 8 years of Barak Obama and an additional 8 years of Michelle Obama at the helm before the country can begin to forgive, feel better abou itself and forget the blunders of the GW administration,, john ,,, Ontario Canada

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  166. Tim In Dallas

    I stopped blaming Bush years ago when I saw how badly Obama's policies were destroying this country. This was supposed to be the "Silver Platter Election" with Obama being the recipient. Now that silver is very tarnished and the Democrats are flailing around because they see that Romney can actually win this election. Blaming Bush is about the only thing they have in their warchest because that easy billion dollars Obama was supposed to be showered with is not coming as easily as they thought it would. Most of the big money is going to Romney. Jack I cant wait until the time when we can all start officially blaming Obama for what he has done or not done. I have a feeling that will be November 6th of this year. I cant wait to go into the voting booth and play the "blame game".

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  167. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We have a right to blame George W. Bush for as long as we'd like because neither he or his Republican party have ever acknowledged they too are responsible in fact they've never proven or argued that GWB isn't responsible.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  168. kaytee

    Or at least as long as it took us to get into this mess.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  169. Marilyn

    and the answer is........forever and a day! It took Bush 8 years to ruin this economy, it will take another 8 years to recover. Unfortunately President Obama inherited this mess but has done a good job since then, another 4 years and America will be back on top, all President Obama has to do is choose Hilary Clinton a his running mate instead of Biden and then he will get the womens vote.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  170. jpaullanier

    No one person can be blamed for the economy. The financial forces that brought on this recession are too powerful for anyone to counter. Blame the aggregate corporate and financial powers. Their actions brought it on.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  171. Barry, Ontario

    Probably about as long as Americans have blamed President James Buchanan for failing to deal with secessionism and thus allowing the descent into civil war. As with President Bush, there were a lot of other issues involved but lack of leadership mattered.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  172. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    "It kind of makes you wonder at what point Pres. Obama will own this nation's problems."

    Was he the cause?

    At some point it really becomes dishonorable to be a Republican. They blame the President because he isn't picking up their mess fast enough? Those cowards would bankrupt their own companies selling a terrible loan to their Grandma, go broke, then use bailout money to donate to the Republican party to get one more dollar from the country they sold out.

    We don't need your "help" any more, thanks.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  173. Jim Charlotte NC

    I guess the answer to that will be, as long as people blame Carter or Hoover and of course Obama. If you didn't do the job you were supposed to do your legacy lives on for ages.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  174. Ted

    When Obama got elected,he said " The buck stops here " Then he said, I will blame all that goes wrong on Bush,and all that goes right on me. When Obama gets re-elected you can be sure that if the economy gets better it will be because of the Dems and Obama. If it gets worse it will be the G O P and Bushes' fault .... Bush never blamed Clinton for 911...What do you think Obama would have done...

    June 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  175. Solomon Tia

    Jack I think this is not the time to be blaming either Pres. Obama or Bush, our focus now should be how we can move the economy forward not pointing hands at each other. The time we use to blame each other can be diverted to plan our economic prosperity and we must understand that both Republicans and Democrats are working for the American people and we shouldn't let them use our economic downfall for their political gains. Thank you

    June 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  176. T Holst

    It will stop being GWB's fault, when it is no longer his fault. As long as the Republican's who supported and voted and vouched for GWB are still blocking reforms to fix the problem the former President left, it will continue to be his fault. As long as those people who are more partisan than American (patriotic), fighting President Obama with every end, even the solutions that republicans themselves believed in during the Bush administration, it will continue to be GWB's fault. Because his allys refuse to allow a Democrate to fix the problem.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  177. Henry in Maryland

    As long as the GOP keeps running on the promise to reinstate the policies of George Bush the Son which caused the economic meltdown. Cutting taxes for the rich, especially on capital gains and dividends, encourages them to gamble in the markets for a quick profit rather than invest in something productive. That causes a bubble ready to burst. Deregulation means businesses will take dangerous risks and consumers are lured into dangerous mortgages, etc. Rhetoric notwithstanding, those policies will not create jobs or encourage consumer spending that is needed to jump start the economy.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  178. Al from Orlando

    We no longer have a functionig federal government. Maybe a software replacement can be developed. Till then
    we continue to submit ou useless votes which unfortunately represent our futile lives.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  179. Basil Vasiliu

    We will blame have to George Bush for the economy until the rightful safetynets are either fully restored in the banking sector or have made progress in how banks are penalized when they break rules. All or most of the government agencies have to be accountable for our country's progress or lack of. Obama had inherited a mess which was estimated to take a few years of recovery, and now the Euro market only intensified this progress, stimulus would be the only way to solve this and we have congress and the supreme court to thank for such a stifled plan of action. We knew our president would have to deal with a first term stalemate congress, but I assure you that congress will not be in stalemate mode for Obama's second term. They simply would not be able to sustain such low approval ratings for another 2 yrs.... We need to vote for Obama so that we can gain the traction necessary to make this country safe again.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  180. Charles - San Antonio

    This is exactly what is wrong with our entitlement society. Everyone is looking for some one to balme for their problems. If you really want to blame some one for your problems, look in the mirror. It all starts there. All those people who obtained subprime loans on thier house knew, or should have known, that they could not afford the payments. But they went ahead anyway. Well, I didn't, and I know how to live within my means. but why listen to me, I am only one of the 90%+ who has managed to stay employed during this economic downturn. I am doing allright because that man in the mirror has made some good, conservative decisions. Like not buying a house that I never could afford.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  181. Mark Smith

    Well,since it takes 10 years to recover from a "normal" recession,I would say we can blame Bush for AT LEAST 10 years.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  182. mary

    I am tired of Obama blameing ever one but him self. Did Ronald Regan blame Jimmy Carter
    for the mess he left him NO he solove the problem him self. Obama has had over three years
    and he has dug us in a deeper hole.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  183. Vick, Orange Park , FL

    Jack how long is history? He did it, it is history!! I think that is a long long time.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  184. percy lennon

    When we stop blaming President Hoove for the Great Depreciation, we will stop blaming President Bush for the Great Recession.
    While the investments by the billionaires keep adding up, one can only wonder, What will their ROI require of the people of the United States?

    June 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  185. Linda in Florida

    Blame him until we get back all the jobs we have loss sin his big mess!! Blame him until we get back all the money spent on two senseless Wars!! Blame him until we can get back all of our money from the "To Big to Fail Banks"!! In other words If you haven't gotten the message IT IS BUSH'S FAULT!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  186. physicallyandfinanciallyfit

    There are a host of reasons to blame Bush for the mess we're in. He took 8 years to screw things up so at the least he should be blamed for 8 years. He took office when the Country was in great shape (all things considered) and after 8 years it was barely recognizable. Even to suggest that anyone could fix the mess in 4 years shows the same type of mentality that put him into office in the first place. How long you ask; until the mess is fixed even if it takes the next 20 years.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  187. Gregory

    The real question should be how dumb do you have to be not to blame Bush for what is happening right now. His own party wouldn't own him during the last campaing. Mum was the word to mention his name in public when John McCain was running for office.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  188. Angelo-West Virginia

    Jack, were gonna blame President Bush, until he's dead and we have no debt. He did a terrible job with the economy, his second term specifically. I'm not saying that President Obama doesn't deserve some of the blame. But then again, did anyone really expect the economy to recover in four years? President Bush walked into a booming economy. Taking a booming economy and making it a stagnant one seems to be a tradition when you put a Bush in the White House.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  189. Vince _ NJ

    Money is loyal to money. The dems are probably saying Bush Made them do it. The Bush term started with the Internet bubble breaking. Greed has no political affliation. Get on with it. Get over it. Find real solutions.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  190. Petro in Los Angeles

    Forever. In fact, write it in future history books that the policies of George W. Bush and the Republican leadership since Ronald Reagan are to blame for the "Great Recession". The Great Depression lasted over 10 years so to expect the Great Recession to reverse itself in 3.5 years is just ridiculous. It wouldn't have mattered who took office after the 2008 collapse; the recovery would be at the same pace. Thus, blame the guy that created the problem, not the guy that's trying to solve it.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  191. terry barnes

    Virtually all of former president bush's televised facts were incorrect if not full scale lies. We as citizens owe our elected officials the benifit of doubt. In Mr bush's case we spent irreplacable lives and money we coulnd afford and did so for over a decade. Somehow, republicans believe President Obama should be held responsible for the economy. How can you buy into such nonsense. Anyone who manages a household budgets know it takes time to dig you way out of a hole, at least as long as it took to dig the hole, in most cases, longer. Grow up Republicans.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  192. bigtime1957

    I was brought up to believe if you cause something, You are to blame until the problems you caused are fixed, Until then you are the blame,

    June 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  193. Gamini in Plano, Texas

    Unfortunately Bush has to take the blame for getting embroiled in unnecessary wars and running up the deficit
    into trillions of dollars. Obama is trying , but the republican congress is not at all helpful. Its all Politics with the single
    goal of getting Obama Out at any cost. Like Wisconsin, the GOP is attempting to buy the election.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  194. John

    One must be partly ignorant not to think Bush is mostly at fault for this. O'Bama inherited the expense of 2 ongoing wars and had to continue them for the honor of America. Failed economic policies and as with all presidents the first yr of his term with the budget og the last President. Then America which voted for change then cut the legs out from under the man they wanted to create the change. America took control of the House away from the Democrats and therefore the last 2 years have been nothing but gridlock–nothing has been done by anyone. So,,,who can we blame? Bush's $8 Trillion added to the deficit an economy that was in a tailspin and needed a bailout to prevent a depression. Which if you remember Cheney's speech from the Reagan Library he says that they (the Republicans) did the bailout of the banks (so that would be another trillion on the Republicans)-even though the Dems have been taking credit for the bailout (I think greatly that we should for the idea was sound–the need was there). Also to show that the Dems were doing the right thing, before Repubs took and tied the reins, we bailed out the car companies which saved tons of jobs directly and indirectly. Also under Bush bailouts had no direction or payback instructions-all put in place by O'Bama and have been paying us back-maybe even at a profit from GM some day.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  195. Peter I, TX

    You cannot pass the buck! Until economy gets to where it was when Bush took office. Bush entered office with the Dow Jones Industrial Average at 10,587 and left office with average at 7,949, one of the lowest levels of his presidency.
    National debt had risen to $11.3 trillion, an increase of over 100% from 2000 when the debt was only $5.6 trillion.
    In November 2008, over 500,000 jobs were lost, which marked the largest loss of jobs in the United States in 34 years. You cannot pass the buck!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  196. Gregory

    If Geroge Bush and the Devil were running for president It would be a very close race. But wait they would both win because they're the same person

    June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  197. Marilyn in Cincinnati, Ohio

    Jack in one word Forever. We haven't forgotten, I sure haven't as to who's to blame. And it hasn't been all that long since we were nearly driven over the cliff. Stop trying to blame Obama for this mess, Bush was the driver of this economic mess we are in and he and he alone is to blame.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  198. Zack Austin, Texas

    I don't blame Bushj for all this mess. I blame the Republican Party as the primary partnesr of crime. But knowig that we have the best politicians money can buy I expect all of them to be re-elected in November. The war on women and the middle class will continue..

    June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  199. Phoebe

    Jack; this question makes me question, whether you you're suffering from a severe case of Selective Amnesia!

    * Two VERY expensive wars (one still ongoing)
    * TAX Cuts for the already Wealthy (that hasn't "Trickled Down"
    * Medicare Part D (no vouchers there?)

    But perhaps you're right; If Japan can forget about Hiroshima, we should forget the DISASTER that was President Bush.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  200. John W. CO

    How long will we blame Bush?? For as long as it takes to recover financially from his 8 years of systematic deconstruction of all the safety net regulations protecting our economy. {I really wonder if his advisors miscalculated the bubble burst & thought they would dump the mess & blame on the next president.} Oh, and when we can undo all the pain, injuries, physical and mental, of our surviving troops and raise from the dead all the 1000's of American lives sacrificed in Bush' dual agenda of "blood for oil control & profits" and revenge for the embarrassment Saddam Hussein was to Daddy. The sad part is that he is neither smart enough, nor brave enough (just watch him squirm in his seat when he is told about 9/11 & no one is there to tell him what to do or how to act. Now that's real fear!) to have actually masterminded any of his pathetic legacy himself

    June 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  201. bigtime1957

    I was brought up to believe if you cause a problem, you are to blame until the problem you caused has been corrected, So until the problems that Bush caused are solved he should always be blamed,

    June 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  202. Tony Scaduto

    Its always been my experience that it takes more time to repair the damage then it took to create it. Let's not forget that Bush was in office 8 years and Obama has only been in office for 3 1/2 years.

    Tony. . .

    June 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  203. David

    George W. Bush and his policies will be the blame for the depth of the economic recession forever. We cannot blame President Obama for the current situation because most of the job creation programs and economic policies he has proposed have consistently been blocked by Congress. Congressional Republicans deserve the current blame.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  204. sanpico

    It took more than 10 years and the WWII to end the great depression. What happened at the end of the Bush era was very close or similar to the great depression, so it will take a generation or more to get out of the hole. People who believe that Romney will solve our economical problems are wrong. He is a corporate lawyer used to run a predatory capitalistic company..

    June 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  205. Dave Ohrtman

    you blame the person responsible and never forget so it doesn't happened again. Bush told us all to buy duck tape and plastic REMEMBER What a solution that was. When we need that it is already over. All of this is his falt.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  206. Judi Bondi, Salem WI

    I will continue to blame Prez Bush (and Prez Chaney) until the financial regulations and pollution standards are restored to the Clinton specs. I dream of the day when Iraq's oil profiteers pay us back for liberating them. Or would that be American oil profiteers?

    June 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  207. hazel Deane

    Always and forever: For starting the war in Iraq under false pretence, the war in Afghanistan, which America or any other country will ever win. For cutting taxes for the very wealthy, For allowing wall street to go unregulated, for allowing the banks to lend money to individuals who did not have the where with all to pay back,etc, etc.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  208. Pete in St Pete, FL

    My father-in-law is still blasting FDR (who died in 1945) for all of the problems in the US. I imagine President G.W. Bush will easily match that It takes a couple of generations for the hotheads to die out and non-partisan historians to do a fair evaluation of an administration.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  209. Georgia

    We should blame Bush for the next 4 years. Why shouldn't we? It took him 8 years to mess it up, yet we expect the President to straighten it out in 4. Where is the rationale in that, particularly when you have person's who said they want to make sure the President is a one term president and then goes to work with his cronies to make it happen. For example, to tell the American people he does not care if the deficit defaults, and he does not care to extend unemplyment checks, pay our military personnel, or our seniors social security. Wow! that covers many of the middle class who lost their jobs becuse the big money guys sent their manufacutuing jobs overseas because of cheap labor; Madoff robbed many Americans blind and screwed; Bush and his friends made money off the war and big banks...Americans "Tear DOwn That Wall".
    G. Ellis Gary
    Vinnings, Georgia

    June 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  210. Dorma Kholov

    George W. and the Rebublicans ought to be blamed as long as that party continues to be the party of no. From what I can see, most if not all of the President's efforts to shake up the economy have been thwarted in a deliberate attempt to be able to claim just what they are doing. I simply do not see how the American public can expect a complete turn around in the jobs lost to other countries in so little time and swimming upstream all the way. I see Mr Romney wants to hold President Obama to the promise of turning the economy around in three years, the President also said it would take more than one term to fix all that is wrong in the U S. I dare say if there was more cooperation less mutiny and red neck activity in congress, the country would be well on the road to recovery.

    D. D. Kholov

    June 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  211. Jeanie

    I am a Rep. and PROUD of it. But this HAS to be on Bush's AND Obama's head. I lost my job in 2008. Looked the WHOLE yr. of 2009. Decided NOT to go back to work in 2010. We're doing ok., BUT IF the Stock Market HADN'T CRASHED, we would be BETTER off than we are now. I LOST $25,000.00 from my 401k. Hubby's company had a BETTER company to put his in and he DIDN'T loose a PENNY.
    Hubby's nephew LOST his job in Aug of LAST yr. He is in his EARLY 30's . He's STILL looking W/O SUCCESS.
    Obama NEEDS to take the blame also as he has given and BROKEN promises.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  212. Larry Haun, Newport, Oregon

    While George W. Bush certainly deserves his share of the blame for the state of the economy today, the blame should not be his alone. Except Obama, every president since Ronald Reagan, including, and perhaps especially, Bill Clinton, has been sharply focused on the dismantlement of the regulatory and fiscal systems that for decades protected the economy from speculation and insured against the extreme concentration of wealth. And, boy, did they succeed. It will no doubt take decades more to repair the damage they have done.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  213. Leslie

    That's like asking, "How long will we blame the Unabomber?" Once President Bush set off the bomb, he will forever be guilty. It's just up to us the survivors, to do the best we can to live in his aftermath.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  214. Michael

    When Bush took office, Clinton had left us with a projected surplus. Bush squandered that by taking us into two wars and nearly bankrupting us with his tax cuts. He will be blamed until the wars are paid off, and the tax cuts abolished. Now the GOP has done nothing but try to make things worse for the sole purpose of trying to take down Obama. They aren't working for the American people, only themselves.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  215. Eric E

    Well Jack, Bush was in office for eight years. Thats two years shy of a decade of incompetence. We were in Iraq for ten years waisting; what a billion a month for a reason that only he and Chenney new? Bush was the worst president in 236 years of American history and the blame will be on him for our economic situation until future generations of Americans finally forget ,or even better, choose not to remember. But then again its pretty hard to forget a leader and his regime who tried to control the American people by fear and make it look patriotic.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  216. Kentmid

    Well, the sad fact is: the economy got worse under Bush, and better under Obama. Better enough?!? No. But Obama did reverse the rapid decline. The real question is what will start the economy truly growing again. Idiotic policies that serve only the rich and fail to trickle down to the middle make no sense, and equally idiotic policies that spend billions to prop up efforts doomed to fail in the long run make even less sense. Distractions such as the Health Care law and the ignorant debate on marriage have seriously hurt the President, AND the economy as we are not working together to make anything work. We need a President that can bring the Right to the table and the Left back into the atmosphere. Neither Bush nor Obama turned out to be leaders who could control their own parties, and the result has been divisive bombastic gridlock. Clinton and Reagan were able to reign in the crazies and make progress, and Clinton is the only President in recent memory that BALANCED a budget. The moral of all of this is: weak men make bad Presidents. We need a strong, MODERATE hand on the wheel. And I can't say I see that in Governor Romney.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  217. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It is easier for obama and the dems to blame bush than actually solve any problems.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  218. Andre R. Newcomb

    People are always looking for someone to blame for whatever agenda they wish to accomplish. Around here in southern Arizona they blame the Mexicans for their poverty ('you ought to hire me for Border Patrol or National Guard or Homeland Security or County deputy or city police or . . . "hero"). The women blame mankind for their soft hands and the coloreds blame life for protecting them from the Indians. The kids blame each other for their hunger. It goes on and on. "Catch 22".

    June 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  219. Patsy

    Interesting isn’t it that a politician is never to blame for their actions. Bush had a Democratic House & Senate and it was Bush’s fault when things went wrong. Congress certainly wouldn’t take any responsibility for their part in the problem. Now Obama has a Republican House and he is blaming them and still Bush for allthe problems that he can’t seem to solve. Why can’t politicians “man up” and face their own mistakes and not tell us half truths...or no truth at all! I think I could respect them more if they were honest with us.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  220. MJ in Orlando

    Yeah, good question. How long are all the enablers gonna whine about Bush? And are people STILL blaming Madoff for bilking those crybabies? Man, I thought by now people would have gotten past all that. And what's with all the boycotts still aimed at BP? Other people are cleaning up that mess...ok, most of it. But, still, it's getting cleaned up, right? Well, isn't it? Anyone..............?

    June 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  221. Susan

    until the 12th of never and that's a long long time

    June 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  222. WR Jones

    There would be no blaming Bush had Obama done his job. We all saw the healthcare debacle play out, we all saw the arrogance of controlling the Presidency and Congress, the resulting bill from hell churned out in the dead of night.

    Blaming Bush should be the last resort of a failing President, yet it's rolled out every time the President opens his mouth, it's no accident, who can he blame before an election? Himself?!

    Americans see through this behavior and it's dealt with bluntly... If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  223. w.e. kershaw

    Blame ,we are all to blame since started to read Harry s Dent book the Coming Boom in 1993 before Bush or Obama were even in politics. this recession or depression was coming because of demographics. THE sad part about is this not going away soon and it will get uglier and uglier.This according H.S. DENT a 12 to 14 year slugfest not over till 2023 but will Survive.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  224. Cheryl Hill

    For a very long time; "W" bankrupted every business that he had ever been in prior to the presidency and so, he continued in that pattern to bankrupt the biggest business and economy in the world, the United States of America. jack, I know this may be vexing to you because you want to get on with making this economy be Obama's fault. But you see, it took more time than the time that Obama has been in office to bankrupt the American economy of the United States. Bush will be blamed for a very long time. There is no quick fix to the damage left behind by "W".

    June 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  225. rudy

    why aren't we blaming congress, they are the ones that pass policies implemented by the president, or it should be said that lately all they do is pass the buck. are present congress is the most dysfunctional branch of government i have ever seen and they whine and point the finger at everyone but never accept their own responsibility.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  226. gg canada

    when you replace factories with parking lots, it will eventually catch up with you–

    June 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  227. Shane in California

    Forever! But I agree that it was not all his fault. He was always the puppet out front doing the bidding of Darth Cheney and corporate 1%ers.. They looted the country and forever bought their right to do so in the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision. It will take a long time to heal from the wounds inflicted by the prior administration.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  228. Wafna

    George W. Bush took a surplus (left to him & a growing economy), and went about using deregulation and an unjust & unfinanced/unpaid war and put us in this situation. He let a meglamaniac named Cheney lead him around like a puppy, In addition, the GOP/Boehner/McConnell & the Carl Rove's unregulated super pacs have knowingly admitted that their PRIMARYgoal and mission is to make sure that Obama can do nothing to correct or fix it. YES, George is to blame and will be for a long time BECAUSE Americans remember when times were good. The GOP made a huge mistake when they vetted George W. His father had brains... he's got mush.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  229. thom richer

    Jack, once you are responsible for an occurrence, event, tragedy, death, economic failure and war, the responsibility is yours forever. Time doesn't erase it. Leaving office doesn't lessen it. A new president doesn't assume blame for you. So to attempt to shift blame to someone else at a later time is not a valid, correct assumption, or forgiveness of your doing while in office. If you start a war...you MUST end that war before leaving office. Admit to it or not, Bush started us on this downfall of government with unjustifiable war(s). That can never change, be denied or argued. Consequently, the blame can never be anyone's but Bush's. Our economic woes, deficit, and other political woes are directly connected to these unending wars concocted by Bush. Can't change facts to suit politics.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  230. Jane in CA

    We will blame Bush just as long as his policies are in place and keep hurting America. Unless Romney gets elected and makes things worse yet.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  231. Luis R. Celerier

    It took 243 years for the nation to build up a debt of over $5 trillion. It took Bush only 8 years to almost double it. Unfortunately, Obama has not been strong enough to take corrective action.

    LR., Texas

    June 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  232. Ronald Morris

    It seems that George Bush is the first 3 term president since FDR. Apparently he was reeolected in 2008 and stands a decent chance of being elected again in 2012. The only way I see him not continuing as the president in charge of all our problems is if Romney is elected.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm |