Bush says he won’t criticize Obama

posted at 12:55 pm on November 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

George W. Bush has come out of his self-imposed media blackout to promote his new book, Decision Points, which goes into full release on November 9th.  Oprah Winfrey will air a pretaped interview with the former President on that day, but has a preview of the appearance out already, via The Right Scoop.  In this clip, Bush tells Winfrey that he refrains from opining on Barack Obama’s performance because he wants to treat the current President the way he wished other former Presidents had treated him.  Also, he elects to stay out of the “swamp” of punditry when Winfrey asks him about Sarah Palin.  Click the image to watch:

Classy?  Certainly.  Smart?  Well, yes. Bush immediately went into hibernation after Obama took office, while Dick Cheney initially took a more aggressive public approach to fighting back against Obama, at least until health issues sidelined him.  That allowed Obama to successfully keep painting the Bush administration as the villain and distracted people from Obama’s own failures in leadership.  Once both Bush and Cheney stopped talking, Obama had no foil at his level and had to start looking around for a boogeyman to keep Americans distracted — getting so desperate that he went after Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce in the end.

Democrats tried claiming that they played rope-a-dope in the election to wear out the GOP and win in the final weeks of the midterms.  Unlike Democrats, Bush actually knows how and when to play rope-a-dope.


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But the NY Daily News used an anonymous source to claim: Ex-President George W. Bush rips wisdom of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and John McCain to friends http://bit.ly/cvoAbZ

debg on November 5, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Yet another mystery source quoting a Palin bash. Would that be someone whose last name starts with an R and ends with an E? If Bush did say that Palin hurt McCain – then I guess he wasn’t told about all the conservative votes who only voted for McCain because of Palin, including mine. I have never heard of a Presidential candidate getting a vote because of his running mate … until McCain … then I heard it hundreds of times. And I remember that McCain had pulled ahead when Palin was put on the ticket until Bush did his financial “sky is falling” and helped pull McCain back down.

Bush wasn’t being classy in his comments on not criticizing O, he was taking a shot at his predecessors, he was always good at taking shots at his opponents while appearing to be gracious.

Done That on November 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

uh …. “Avenger”

IceCold on November 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Bush will supply the rope while the Dems will supply the dopes!

tims472 on November 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

D U B Y A ! ! !

President Bush made many mistakes, especially regarding immigration and spending, but OJugEars makes him look positively brilliant.

hillbillyjim on November 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Bush says he won’t criticize Obama. Obama hardest hit.

Might be your best tag line ever AP.

davisbr on November 5, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Actually, Cheney only went after Obama on specific National Security issues and he made a convincing argument everytime he spoke. He hurt Obama, most Americans agreed with what Cheney had to say on Gitmo, suing Bush era CIA lawyers and the KSM trial and Obama looked like an amateur in comparison (which he is). Cheney did no harm, but otherwise I agree that having them keep silent actually hurts Obama.

Still, if Cheney finds another issue in his specialty area of national security where Obama seems to be vulnerable, he might as well speak out. It’s always the same with Cheney, he may be seen as Darth Vader, but when he speaks, people listen and they tend to like what they hear, even if they don’t like him personally.

Daemonocracy on November 5, 2010 at 2:59 PM

In the eight years he was president, did Bush ever make any negative comment about the democrats? I mean the kind that Obama makes daily about the republicans.

carbon_footprint on November 5, 2010 at 1:29 PM

One thing he never did was denigrate any segment of the American people – he was always the president of everyone. What true class to say nothing about Obama after the whole administration and Democrat party have blamed him for everything bad that has happened.

silvernana on November 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Yes, he has class over Obama in large measure, but we could probably say that about Michael Moore.

Western_Civ on November 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Uh, no we couldn’t.

silvernana on November 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM

God Bless you President George W. Bush!

Always a class act and a whole whole lot smarter than our nations super-biased media and the Liberal ilk ever gave you credit for, sir… you sly sonuvagun.

FlatFoot on November 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Classy.

RedNewEnglander on November 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM

From what I can tell, former President Bush interviews really well.

I really like his decision to refrain from criticizing President Obama, because he’s right, the Presidency is a tough job and it doesn’t get easier when certain former Presidents say really loud “You’re doing it wrong”.

Ironically, former President is reforming his image by doing nothing. He’s just acting really classy and genuine. I’m loving it.

Rightwingguy on November 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Bush tells Winfrey that he refrains from opining on Barack Obama’s performance because he wants to treat the current President the way he wished other former and current Presidents had treated him.

Fixed

mizflame98 on November 5, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I strongly disagree with President Bush’s politics and I believe he did incalculable harm to the conservative cause.
That said, I have a great deal of respect for him personally. He’s smart, (he’s a voracious reader and he flew F104s in the AF reserve ) he’s courageous, (he withstood the slings and arrows of some of the most vicious character assassination in modern history without flinching and he flew F104s in the AF reserve) and he has a lot of class (see the subject of this post).

single stack on November 5, 2010 at 5:29 PM

“Never interrupt your enemy while he’s making a mistake.”
– Some Frog

mojo on November 5, 2010 at 5:33 PM

From what I can tell, former President Bush interviews really well.
Rightwingguy on November 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Yup. And he doesn’t even need a teleprompter…

Dopenstrange on November 5, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Dernit Dubbya spent like a dang Democrat but he’s CLASSY to the end!

TGIF Yall!

Katfish on November 5, 2010 at 6:28 PM

No comment” about Obama is the ultimate put down.

Too small to notice.

profitsbeard on November 5, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Well, Bush IS a big government Republican after all….

chalons on November 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Ironically, former President is reforming his image by doing nothing. He’s just acting really classy and genuine. I’m loving it.

Rightwingguy on November 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I agree. Bush is better now than he was as POTUS.

Conservative Samizdat on November 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Bush43………..rehab the name and propel Jeb to his proper Oval Office inheritance.

No more Bushes, no more RINO’s.

PappyD61 on November 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

WASHINGTON – Two years of retirement haven’t dulled George W. Bush’s political zest – and President Obama and Sarah Palin are among his under-the-radar targets.

The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn’t qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform.

“Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man,” a Republican official familiar with Bush’s thinking told the Daily News.

“He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/11/05/2010-11-05_dubyas_deepest_thoughts_former_prez_happy_to_be_out_of_dc_memoirs_say.html#ixzz14SIJpiIF

PappyD61 on November 5, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Y’all pre-ordered your books yet?

publiuspen on November 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

The first day it was available.

stvnscott on November 5, 2010 at 8:00 PM

When has any ex Repub president ever said anything negative about any president in modern times. It was Jimmy Carter, the ultimate dirtball, followed by Clinton that show no class or respect.

patrick neid on November 5, 2010 at 9:04 PM

“a Republican official familiar with Bush’s thinking told the Daily News.”

I prefer to hear George Bush say it himself. There are far too many anon dirtbags rolling around the place taking pot shots at Palin. If I had the choice of which Bush brother would have been President, it would have been Jeb. If he really did say anything like this, I can’t say I have much respect left for him.

Africanus on November 5, 2010 at 9:21 PM

God Bless “W” and Laura!

Khun Joe on November 5, 2010 at 10:58 PM

After Barack Obama is out of the White House, and after Bill Ayers secretly writes Obama’s book for him about his presidency, Oprah will not be able to ask Barack Obama a question like the one she asked George Bush – unless she is going for a laugh. Maybe Oprah will ask Barack Obama why he dragged her butt all the way to Copenhagen just to be humiliated by the IOC back in 2009. Naw… she probably won’t want to bring that up.

redwhiteblue on November 5, 2010 at 11:39 PM

debg & PappyD61,

I guess that you two are one of those Americans that John Kerry was talking about. You know, the stupid ones.

You obviously have not figured out yet (despite mountains of evidence) that the MSM uses “unnamed sources” to peddle the shinola they use to push their agenda.

Only those who live in the “reality-based community” or the terminally stupid put any value into anything an “unnamed source” quoted by the MSM says.

That being said here is a question you should be asking yourself…

Why are the Democrats, their MSM propaganda wing and Republican beltway elitists all trying so desperately to destroy Sarah Palin?

The answer is obvious and in fact they tried to do this kind of thing once before and failed. Let us see if you can figure it out.

Nahanni on November 6, 2010 at 5:13 AM

bush rove person….they all need to shut up. bush did a few good things like tax cuts and going after terrorists otherwise he is an elitist rhino who gave in to the DC corruption crowd and he hurt the republican party

he is probably the worst republic press since well his dad

georgealbert on November 6, 2010 at 7:15 AM

President Bush is an American Patriot. I disagreed with his near RINO domestic policy but I’d be proud to stand next to him.

SurferDoc on November 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

It seems pretty clear, one President has class and the other doesn’t. By the way is he still blameing Bush??

mmcnamer1 on November 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Better communicator than O, huh?

publiuspen on November 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I would think so! President Bush never needed a teleprompter to address a 6th grade class.

stacman on November 8, 2010 at 3:37 PM

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