On CBS This Morning, Robert Gibbs blamed George Bush for the economic problems in the country. Stephanie Cutter, on the other hand, told Joe Scarborough that the Administration is 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.
“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.”
Cutter and Gibbs are both senior members of the campaign, as were Axelrod and Plouffe (Sunday’s conflict).
Do we think these people are working for the same campaign or is the reelection flailing around throwing any excuse that may work against the wall with the hopes that something sticks? I get the feeling that Barack Obama is running his campaign the same way he runs the administration, no planning or leadership–just reacting to the circumstances as they occur.