Obama praises Bush

United States
January 16, 2009 4:07pm CST
Yep after two years of trashing president Bush Obama is now saying "I have always thought he was a good man that loves his family and his country". He also said " Bush made the best decisions he could under difficult circumstances". What do you make of this turn around? Why the Bush love fest now? Especially after spending the primary and general trashing him.
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@anniepa (27123)
• United States
16 Jan 09
Welcome to the world of politics! Actually, I never heard anyone attack or bash Bush personally or claim that he doesn't love his family or his country. I never read much into these kinds of turnarounds because, let's face it, the election is over, Bush's Administration will soon be history and there's nothing wrong with a little graciousness and respect between the two parties and between the outgoing and incoming Administrations. Everybody knows there were and are differences between the two men; Bush has also said some nice things about Obama recently and I have no problem with that either. I think it's all a part of the "honeymoon" periods everyone gets so we might as well enjoy it while it lasts. Annie
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• United States
17 Jan 09
True they will be back to fighting again before too long. But Obama did say alot of bad things about Bush on the trail. It just seemed like he went out of his way to be nice now. Maybe now that he has been fully breifed to take office he realizes how hard the job is and what is he is contenting with.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
17 Jan 09
It kind of makes you wonder how Obama really feels. Considering past behavior, whether Obama says kind words or unkind words about George W. Bush, the Bush's would still be gracious to him and his family.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Who knows what he really thinks. He said one thing on the trail and another thing now. Who knows which is true.
• United States
17 Jan 09
i dont like Bush. never have. however what Obama said is perfectly true, and i do agree with him. Bush loves his family and his country, that much is quite obvious. and yes he made some bad decisions, but at the time he (like most of us) thought those decisions were appropriate. course hindsight is 20-20. IF Obama had said that Bush was an idiot who threw this country into a tailspin and that he was a bad president..then even us Obama supporters would have looked at him differently. being polite and gracious is part of Obama's appeal, if he suddenly turned into an a$$hole to the outgoing president (no matter how bad that president was) i would have been disgusted and immediately turned off.
• United States
18 Jan 09
But he did blame everything on Bush and called him a bad president during the election. He spent so much time bashing bush in the primary and general elections I felt someone should have reminded him he was not running agains Bush. Now he all nice to him.
• United States
18 Jan 09
i must admit to not remembering a whole lot of the things said during the campaigns. i got aggravated quick and promptly decided that the majority of what was said was going to never happen anyways lol! i will take your word for things Obama said. however i still feel that being gracious and polite to Bush was only proper etiquette as the incoming president. Obama may very well still feel the same way about Bush, but now that the election has been decided there really isnt any reason for Obama to keep "turning the screw". its time to move forward and fix the problems that Bush created, not make sure that everybody knows that Bush is to blame..we already know that LOL!
@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Well he trashed him for political gain. Everything Obama has done has been for political gain. Now that he's won, he can be civil. I'll bet he's thrilled with how well the Bush administration has treated him and with how smooth the transition has been. He was probably afraid of the vandalism and theft that the Clinton administration left for Bush after the transition. Don't worry though. I'm sure that if his policies fail he'll go right back to bashing Bush and using him as an excuse for his own failed policies. Regardless of what face he puts on, he's a cut-throat politician who can scapegoat and railroad with the best of them.
• United States
18 Jan 09
yep you are right. So much for change...he seems like all the rest of htem to me.
• United States
19 Jan 09
He trashed Bush because it was popular, and it helped him politically. Now, he wants the love and support of the Republicans just in case he needs it to stay in Washington 8 years.
@Fortunata (1137)
• United States
17 Jan 09
What do you mean, Anniepa, Bush has said these nice things recently? He's been saying them a lot longer than you're intimating. Please!