Obama Rips GOP for Repackaging Bush Policies

Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:07pm

President Barack Obama delivered one of his most partisan speeches of the year Monday as he accused Republicans of trying to “bamboozle” the public by peddling George W. Bush administration policies as solutions to the nation’s problems.

During a Democratic National Committee event in Atlanta, Obama criticized Republicans for not seeing “the error of their ways” in their economic policies after taking a beating in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

“It’s not like they’ve engaged in some heavy reflection,” the president said. “They have not come up with a single, solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people. They don’t have a single idea that’s different from George Bush’s ideas. Not one.”

Obama’s description of the GOP strategy leading up to the November elections drew laughter from the crowd. “They’re betting on amnesia,” he said. “That’s what they’re counting on. They’re counting on that you all forgot. They think that they can run the okey-doke on you. Bamboozle you.”

The president specifically took aim at Senate Republicans for “stonewalling” a small-business jobs bill for political reasons, and then he mocked a proposal by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) to repeal the health care overhaul as a way to create jobs.

“I sure don’t understand how repealing it would create jobs, unless it’s for some folks in the insurance company who are being hired to deny you your claims. But that can’t be a real jobs plan,” Obama said. “Maybe they know something I don’t, or no other economist or expert understands.”