How strange that our very successful president would choose this tack instead of emphasizing his very successful policy successes.

Maybe he’s just modest.

Americans, Obama said Thursday, don’t have a “selective memory.”

“They’re going remember the policies that got us into this mess as well,” Obama said, referring to the previous Republican administration. “And they sure as heck don’t want to go back to those.”…

“It’s hard because you don’t see immediate gratification,” the president acknowledged Thursday. He said his message to people out of work was that his administration was doing everything possible to create an environment in which private sector jobs could expand.

“But I’m not any more satisfied than they are,” Obama said. “And until they can find a job, I expect to be held accountable.”

Given the evidence to the contrary, kudos to The One for having the sheer balls to float that boldfaced part. Don’t be too quick to laugh at his “blame Bush” strategy, though. Even 18 months of Hopenchange dreariness aren’t enough to erase the misery of Dubya’s second term. New from Bloomberg:

More blame Bush than Obama for the federal deficit, 32 percent to 24 percent. Among Republicans, 39 percent say Obama is to blame, while about a quarter of independents hold that view…

Obama gets more credit for increases in the stock market over the past year, with 28 percent of Americans giving him recognition, compared with 13 percent for Bush. Even among Republicans, a quarter give Obama credit for the increases.

On unemployment, Bush is listed as most responsible by 32 percent, compared with 22 percent for Obama. Those with incomes below $25,000 are more likely to blame Bush for the unemployment rate, which was 9.5 percent in June.

Bush also gets more blame than Obama for Afghanistan, natch, and a majority say his handling of Katrina was worse than The One’s handling of the spill. (Possible 2012 slogan: “Obama — still not as bad as Dubya!”) Bush-bashing won’t save the Dems in the fall, but honestly, given how little they have left to run on, it might actually be their best strategy to mitigate losses at this point. Exit question: On a scale of one to 10, how disastrous is it that G-Dub’s memoir is being published right around the time of the midterms? And, as a follow-up, is that some sort of sinister revenge plot by Dubya to get back at all the Republicans who have been bad-mouthing him since he left office?