Former President George W. Bush is shaping up to be the invisible man of the 2012 presidential campaign. His presence has been “low-key,” our colleague Karen Tumulty noted this week. But now, old 43 is in danger of disappearing altogether.
In what we’re dubbing the Loop’s favorite quote of the week, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney — who had just gotten Bush’s endorsement, seemed to forget Bush’s name. Speaking on Wednesday, the former Massachusetts governor bashed President Obama, saying that when Obama campaigned in 2008, he “was very critical of his predecessor, because the predecessor put together $4 trillion of debt over eight years.”
“The predecessor?” Meaning, uh, George W. Bush? Maybe the name had escaped him, or he found the pronunciation too tricky.
Romney continued with the former-president-who-shall-not-be-named routine, saying later: “I find it incomprehensible that a president [Obama, that is] could come to office and call his predecessor’s [wait, who?] record irresponsible and unpatriotic, and then do almost nothing to fix it,” he said.