Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized the president for divisive politics at a Romney campaign stop Wednesday.
“His entire strategy is to blame others—starting with my brother, of course,” Bush said. “Basically, he blames every possible thing rather than having the humility to be able to reach out and to find common ground.”
Bush also told Fox in an interview that Obama’s finger pointing was irresponsible.
“I mean, the guy was dealt a tough hand. We got that. But in the fourth year, you should be held responsible for your actions,” he said. “It’s like this constant refrain, almost as though your kid comes and says ‘the dog ate my homework,’ you know?”
Obama’s leadership following the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy is currently in the spotlight, and many are comparing his quick action to the federal government’s slow response during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who came under fire for his poor handling of post-Katrina relief, recently told a Denver newspaper he thought Obama acted too quickly—a criticism that current FEMA Director Craig Fugate brushed off.
“Better to be fast than to be late,” Fugate said.
When asked by Fox about Obama’s response to Sandy, Bush responded that the federal government’s role was to support local and state recovery efforts.
“The governor is really the commander-in-chief of the response to this and the recovery efforts,” Bush said. “I think watching on television, seeing Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Christie, they’re doing a fine job.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Christie has been praising the president for his leadership in Sandy’s wake.
“The president has been all over this, and he deserves great credit…It’s been very good working with the president and his administration. It’s been wonderful,” he said.
Tune into Hardball tonight at 5 p.m. We’ll have Chuck Todd, NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and John Heilemann of New York Magazine to discuss the final stretch of the presidential campaigns.