Per the Washington Times, President Bush said this in a speech to local business leaders in Pennsylvania yesterday: "I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money… Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States." More: On torture: "The way I decided to address the problem was twofold: One, use every technique and tool within the law to bring terrorists to justice before they strike again."
On Guantanamo (and catch the double negative in the sentence about persuasion): "I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor. I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind." On Iran, Bush sounded Obama-like: "Clearly, there's a level of frustration on the Iranian streets. It looks like it's not a very fair election." On health care, he said, "There are a lot of ways to remedy the situation without nationalizing health care. I worry about encouraging the government to replace the private sector when it comes to providing insurance for health care." Asked "if he finds the new president's policies 'socialist,' Mr. Bush started then stopped. 'I hear a lot of those words, but it depends on...,' he said, breaking off. He later offered a more diplomatic assessment: 'We'll see.'"
And the DCCC has a new Web video accusing Republicans of wanting Obama and his policies to fail. "The American people are tired of Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney and the obstructionist Republicans in the House banking on failure," said DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer. "Today we are asking voters to stand with President Obama and tell the Republican 'Party of No' to start working with the President and Congressional Democrats to get the economy back on track."