Vice President Joe Biden acknowledges that it’s time to hold the Obama administration’s feet to the fire for the sorry state of the U.S. economy instead of continuing to blame President George W. Bush.
“Right now, understandably — totally legitimate — this is a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature of the state of the economy,” Biden said during an interview with South Florida public radio station WLRN this afternoon.
Biden made the startling comment during an interview in which his main goal was to pitch for support of President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act.
The vice president dismissed polls in which people continue to blame the Bush administration for the economy.
“Even though 50-some percent of the American people think that the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant,” Biden said. “What’s relevant is we’re in charge. And right now we are the ones in charge and it’s gotten better, but it hasn’t gotten good enough.”
“I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge,” Biden acknowledged.
Here’s a portion of the interview, the full version of which can be heard on WLRN’s website.