Jeb Bush delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama Wednesday, accusing him of blaming his brother, former President George W. Bush, for the nation's troubles instead of taking responsibility himself.
As the president toured parts of New Jersey's coastline devastated by superstorm Sandy with Republican Governor Chris Christie, Mitt Romney appeared on stage at the University of Miami with one of the state's most popular politicians, former Governor Jeb Bush, Reuters said.
In his introductory remarks, Bush, accused Obama of dividing Americans rather than focusing on practical economic solutions, pointing out that Obama has frequently blamed Bush for weak economic conditions at a rally in Coral Gables, Fla.,Politico reported.
“Do you honestly think that this president is capable of bringing people together?” Bush asked the University of Miami crowd.
“No!” the crowd yelled back.
"His entire strategy is to blame others - starting with my brother, of course. Basically, he blames every possible thing rather than having the humility to be able to reach out and to find common ground," said Bush.
From there, Bush, who many had hoped would pursue his own campaign for the presidency in 2012 and now is buzzed about as a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, stressed the importance of a president who can get things done.
“The second thing this election is about is about doing things – not talking about them, not pointing a finger, not trying to divide us, but to focus on practical solutions to begin to solve the problems that we have so that we can restore our footing and our greatness so that we have a chance for more people to be successful in life,” he said. “In order to do that, Washington has to begin to come together.”
But in an interview Thursday with Fox News, Bush pointed the finger at the president again for placing blame for the sluggish economy at the feet of his brother, The Hill reported.
"I ought to keep my mouth shut about this, but it perturbs me to no end to have in the fourth year of a presidency, the president constantly be talking about the past," Bush said. "I mean, the guy was dealt a tough hand. We got that. But in the fourth year, you should be held responsible for your actions."”
If Jeb's remarks defending his brother sound familiar its because Bush delivered similar remarks during the Republican National Convention in August.
"Mr. President, it's time to stop blaming your predecessor for your economic problems," the former Florida governor said in his speech inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked."
"I love my brother," Bush declared, his voice a bit emotional. "He is a man of integrity, courage and honor. And during incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe."
As the crowd erupted in cheers, Bush grinned.