Obama administration officials often cite the economic conditions they inherited pre-2009 to beat back Republican attacks over the slow recovery.
But what the Bush administration did is “not relevant,” Vice President Joe Biden told Florida radio station WLRN Thursday, a seeming departure from the standard White House’s talking points:
“There are a lot of people in Florida that have good reason to be upset, because they lost their jobs. Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant, because we are in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough.”
Later, White House spokesman Jay Carney appeared to walk back Biden’s comments at Thursday’s daily briefing.
“He didn’t say the blame for it is owned. What he absolutely said was that most Americans want their elected officials in Washington to act to improve the situation."