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Just when you think you've heard the most ridiculous thing from a campaign, they out-ridiculous themselves.

Forget what you heard earlier today (March 21) about Romney being the "Etch-a-Sketch" candidate. That was just one of his senior advisers talking.

This afternoon, Mitt Romney, the man himself, credited George W. Bush for "keeping the country from a great depression in 2008."



Here's the quote.

   Hours after he secured the endorsement of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney credited his brother, President George W. Bush, with keeping the country from a great depression in 2008.

    "I keep hearing the president say he's responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression," Romney said at a town hall in Arbutus, Maryland. "No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and [then-Treasury Secretary] Hank Paulson."

    With the economy turning around, Romney appears intent on denying President Barack Obama ownership of the recovery, as he's previously argued that any reduction in unemployment has occurred despite Obama's policies.

Arbutus. That's about two miles up the road from where I live.  That explains the eerie feeling of an ungodly stupidity in the vicinity this afternoon.

Right.  Bush saved the economy.  The same way he killed Osama bin Laden.  In absentia.

The mainstream media is still going on and on about the "Etch-A-Sketch" remark we reported earlier today.  Wait until they get a hold of this bit of whimsy.

And now, a promised new Etch-A-Sketch Parody video.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    12 years with Parkinson's disease made me retire, but it didn't stop me. Visit my home page at Dumbass Honyocks.

    by Bill Schmalfeldt on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:34:21 PM PDT

  •  It's about time Romney gave Bush a reach-around. (4+ / 0-)
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    Supavash, Smoh, Rogneid, skohayes

    All it took was Jeb's endorsement.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:37:16 PM PDT

    •  Ah HA! (0+ / 0-)

      I was thinking this was the first time in the primary that George Bush's name had been mentioned, and couldn't imagine why (and why now)?
      You have connected the dots for me, darthstar!

      If you can separate sex from procreation, you have given women the ability to participate in society on an equal basis with men. -Gloria Feldt

      by skohayes on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 04:23:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Oh gee, is this the same Romney who said: (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Smoh, Rogneid, skohayes

    “What you don’t want to do is to give the president or anyone else a blank cheque or a slush fund to take care of their friends or of industries or companies they think they want to save...  We have to recognise that bankruptcy can be a process [of] reorganisation for banks as well as other institutions, that allow them to get rid of their excess costs, to re-establish a sound foundation and to emerge stronger."

    This is when he said that we should never again do another bank bailout because we had learned our lesson, yet it is the same bank bailout that he is crediting with saving the country from a great depression.

    •  Note what bankruptcy of a bank means (3+ / 0-)
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      Keep in mind that bankruptcy is a way for a business to evade paying its creditors.   In a bankruptcy, the creditors are the depositors -- you and I.   So in a pure bankruptcy such as he seems to be advocating a bank would simply take your money.   This is what happened in the Great Depression, before the FDIC (which is a program that has limited funds...)

  •  I'm confused, did the quote credit Jeb's father (0+ / 0-)

    for saving the economy in 2008.  I seem to recall that GHWB is Jeb's father, not Dubya, who is Jeb's brother.  If he said Jeb's father rescued the economy in 2008, that alone is a good gaff.

    "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

    by dangoch on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:59:22 PM PDT

  •  George W. Bush and Paulsen bailed out the banks (0+ / 0-)

    President Obama can give credit where credit is due, while rightfully taking credit for job growth and the markets having their best run since President Clinton. Who's gonna dispute that, other than that nutjob Allen West.

  •  He Should Have Talked At The Spring Grove Hospital (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe someone there would have believed him.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 03:28:41 PM PDT

  •  Romney has a great career ahead of himself (0+ / 0-)

    as a Fox News Pundit and Bush era apologist.

    As President? Not so much.

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 04:21:30 PM PDT

  •  And now, a promised new Etch-A-Sketch Parody video (0+ / 0-)

    "Just when you think you've heard the most ridiculous thing from a campaign, they out-ridiculous themselves."

    Sad indeed.... sigh

  •  So to be clear Bush and Paulson saved us from (0+ / 0-)

    out of a Great Depression.
    I did not know that. Don't look at me? I must hide, face the wall, shamed by my ignorance.

    Foolishly I thought his administration ruined the economy, I did not know he was a hero.
    Can we get him to run again?

    Feeling even sillier now because I just thought of those billboards with bush's picture saying Miss Me Yet. I would be revolted and shudder NO!
    I should have been a missing him. Our hero.
    Way to go Mitt, see how far that takes you.

    The more you see this mittman the more detestable he is . He LOOKS like a president, too bad they let him talk.
    And really too bad they let him sing.

    So perfect that his own campaign brought up the etch a sketch. The now Bains Capitol made in China etch a sketch. It is a great fit whoever brought it up but because it was his own campaign it will stick forever.
    Too bad there are not more debates... opponents could innocently bring etch a sketches to take notes...

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