I’ve noticed the issue of Obama blaming his predecessor for the poor economy has become a bit of a minor cause on the right. So I was curious as to whether there was precedent for this kind of thing. For how long can a president blame his predecessor for economic problems? I’m guessing, based on this press conference on January 12, 2009, one can go at least until the week before one leaves office.
In terms of the economy, look,
I inherited a recession; I am ending on a recession. In the meantime there were 52 months of uninterrupted job growth. And I defended tax cuts when I campaigned. I helped implement tax cuts when I was President, and I will defend them after my Presidency as the right course of action. And there’s a fundamental philosophical debate about tax cuts. Who best can spend your money, the Government or you? And I have always sided with the people on that issue.
Now, obviously, these are very difficult economic times. When people analyze the situation, there will be–
this problem started before my Presidency; it obviously took place during my Presidency. The question facing a President is not when the problem started, but what did you do about it when you recognized the problem?
(cactus here: bolding mine)
But a word of warning to Obama… just because GW did it doesn’t mean its a good idea. We, the people expect performance.