Bill Clinton seems to be stepping on Barack Obama’s economic message, again. It has just come to light that back in 2010, Clinton said the Democrats should be voted out if they haven’t shaped up the economy in two years.
Clinton, the nation’s 42nd president, that seems to have a knack for making statements that undermine his fellow Democrats, in particular the presidential reelection campaign of Barack Obama.
The former president made news a few weeks ago in praising GOP challenger Mitt Romney’s sterling business career. He subsequently called for the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts to boost the economy, although he then went on an apology tour to backtrack on that recommendation.
USA Today has now unearthed some comments Clinton made in a speech at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College back in September 2010 about how long his party should get to dig the country out of its fiscal mess following the Bush administration. It turns out that President Obama is giving a speech about his economic policies today at the same exact location.
The Democrats are saying something like this: “We found a big hole that we did not dig. We didn’t get it filled in 21 months, but at least we quit digging,” Clinton said at the time. “Give us two more years. If it doesn’t work, vote us out.”
Fast-forward to 2012: Since the Clinton-imposed deadline has expired or is about to expire, and the economy is still circling the drain, should voters take Clinton’s 2010 declaration seriously? President Obama himself said that if the economy continues to tank, his presidency would be a “one-term proposition.”
Is it Obama’s economy or is it still fair to blame George W. Bush who left office in January 2009 for the recessionary fiscal conditions and joblessness that the country continues to finds itself in?