Who Said It: Bush or Obama?

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George W. Bush and Barack Obama obviously have strong differences of opinions about many, many things. But check out these quotes about economic matters -- could it be that these two aren't as far apart as we think?

"I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody."

Obama said this to the infamous \"Joe the Plumber\" on a campaign stop in October 2008.


"In the long run, we're going to be fine. You know, we're an innovative economy: We got smart, capable people, our workers are great, the small business sector is thriving and vibrant, we're productive people. And we'll get through this."

President Bush made this remark in a press conference about the financial bailout in September 2008.


"I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you're headed for a cliff, you have to change direction."

President-elect Obama uttered this line at a retreat for House Democrats in February 2009.


"My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire."

This is President Bush, talking about the budget he sent to Congress in February 2001.


"Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes."

This is neither Bush nor Obama -- it's former U.S. Representative Tom DeLay, speaking in March 2003.


"The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."

President Bush let this one slip at a campaign stop in 2004.


"You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime."

Obama made this promise repeatedly during his presidential campaign.


"I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office."

This is Obama at the House Democrats retreat again.


"One of the very difficult parts of the decision I made on the financial crisis was to use hardworking people's money to help prevent there to be a crisis."

Bush made this interesting point on one of his last days in office in January 2009.


"Only the little people pay taxes."

Nope, it's neither Commander in Chief (thank goodness). It's the Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley.


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