Will Obama Still Be Blaming Bush in 2012? Bet on It

In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama was supposed to run against John McCain. But, early on, he decided that he’d much rather run against George W. Bush.

Obama was elected. But the campaign against Bush continues to this day. Whenever Obama gets in a tight scrape or suffers a setback or loses part of the electorate, he blames Bush.

After the voters of Massachusetts elected Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate, ABC News’ George Stephanopolous asked Obama to interpret the election results.

“People are angry,” Obama responded, “and they're frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years.”

Don’t expect that to stop. It’s become second nature now. In 2012, Obama will be running for reelection on his track record -- and you can bet that, on campaign stops, he’ll still be blaming Bush. It’ll be surreal.

Yet what’s really troubling is new poll data that suggests that many Americans aren’t just accepting Obama’s ridiculous claim that Bush is to blame for everything that goes wrong in this administration. They’re actually parroting it.

According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, a majority of Americans -- while faulting Obama for his handling of the economy and not doing enough to create jobs -- still put most of the blame for the nation’s economic problems on … wait for it … former President George W. Bush. Other culprits include Wall Street and Congress. And, despite the erosion in public support for Obama, a majority still says that he understands their needs and problems better than congressional Republicans. A majority also credit Obama -- more than Republicans -- with making an effort at bipartisanship, and they back the White House’s policies on a variety of issues, including allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military and repealing the Bush tax cuts.