Oct 18, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Hill: First lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that President Obama did not look to blame others for the challenges he faced as president, an apparent rebuke of Republican accusations that the White House continues to point the finger at President George W. Bush for the lagging economy.
“See, but your president, he didn’t point fingers,” Michelle Obama said at a campaign fundraiser in New York. “He didn’t place blame. Instead, he got to work, because he was thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. See, and that’s why he cut taxes for small businesses and for working families, because he believes that in America, teachers and firefighters should not pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires.”
Republicans have criticized the president, saying he has tried to deflect attention from his own policies by pointing fingers at the prior administration.
“Mr. President, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies,” said President Bush’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in a speech at the Republican National Convention in August. “You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked. A real leader would accept responsibility.”