So Obama’s been blaming Bush since he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2003 right up until last week and now all of a sudden that’s going to stop?

Now taking bets: The over/under on Obama blaming Bush for something is 24 hours (keep in mind he’s on his bus tour).

(The Hill) — President Obama’s reelection campaign isn’t running against the specter of former President George W. Bush, said a top voice for the president’s 2012 team.

Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary-turned-campaign surrogate, accused the field of Republican presidential candidates of reviving the policies that caused the current economic difficulties. But that doesn’t mean the Obama campaign is running against Bush, Gibbs maintained.

“We’re not running against George W. Bush,” he said on MSNBC. “But many of the policies that got us into the mess that we’re trying to dig out of now are the same policies that the front-runners for the Republican nomination seek to go back to.

“You’re going to have a choice between going forward or going backward to a lot of the problems that got us into this mess,” Gibbs said, referencing a top tier of GOP candidates that includes Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.). “I think there’s going to be a very clear choice in this election in 2012.”

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