The vice president sought to explicitly link the recession plaguing many Americans to President George W. Bush as Democrats ramp up their attacks on the previous administration.
"There's never enough until we've restored the 8 million jobs lost in the Bush recession," Biden said on NBC's "Today" show when asked if the administration had done enough to address unemployment. "Until that happens it doesn't matter — it matters, but it's not enough."
Democrats have increasingly invoked Bush in their campaign messaging, sensing that blaming the former Republican president helps explain why so many problems haven't been resolved despite over a year and a half of Democratic control of the presidency. They also use Bush as a shorthand for the kind of policies that, Democrats warn, GOP lawmakers and candidates would revive if they were given power in November's elections.
Ehem...unfortunately for you Mr. vice president, the electorate is smart enough to realize that after nearly $1 trillion in stimulus related spending, cash for clunkers, cash for caulkers, first time home buyer credit, bail outs of GM and Chrysler (read the unions), etc., you and your party own this recession lock, stock, and barrel!
And to be exact, 19 months is just since Obama occupied the White House. The length of time the village idiot and his minions in the congress need to make excuses for is really 43 months (a little over 3.5 years). That is how long they have controlled the congress - especially since the last two budgets GWB sent to the congress were declared dead on arrival.
Lets face it, Bush was a betrayal to conservatism and made his share of mistakes like the Medicare prescription drug fiasco, but it is the liberal Democrats who put the spending in overdrive with deficits averaging a trillion dollars a year for the next decade as compared to an average of just over $200 billion per year under 8 years of Bush.
The blame game will get Biden and company nowhere.