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Stephanie Cutter: The Obama campaign is absolutely not blaming Bush for the economy

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By Doug Powers  •  October 3, 2012 12:09 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

All that “Bush’s fault” stuff you’ve been hearing from the Obama campaign is a figment of your imagination, according to the president’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter:

President Barack Obama’s reelection effort is not blaming the sputtering economic recovery of the past four years on former President George W. Bush, his deputy campaign manager insisted Wednesday.

“We’re absolutely not doing that,” Stephanie Cutter said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “In fact, we’re taking credit for the 5.1 million private-sector jobs that have been created over the past four years despite being handed the worst economy since the Great Depression. We’re taking credit for the million jobs that were protected under the president’s efforts to save the auto industry and the increase in manufacturing jobs for the first time in decades. We’re not blaming our predecessor by any means, but we don’t think we should return to the same policies that crashed the economy.”

The same morning Cutter was claiming the Obama re-election effort has “absolutely not” been blaming Bush for the economy, Robert Gibbs defended Joe Biden’s comment that the middle class has been “buried” for the past four years — all while absolutely not blaming Bush:

“We had eight years of horrific economic decisions: Tax cuts for the very wealthy, Wall Street writing its own rules. It culminated in an economic disaster that took place about four years ago, of which we’ve had to dig out from each day of the last four years,” Gibbs said.

“Let’s be clear, the middle class has been buried for a lot longer than the time that we’ve been dealing with bad economic decisions from the former administration,” Gibbs added.

Nope, no Bush blame there — or here for that matter. That Stephanie Cutter is a fact machine!

Hey, why would Team Obama start blaming Bush for everything now — it certainly hasn’t been their modus operandi in the past. Well, with just a couple of exceptions…

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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