Bush criticizes Obama

The former president said he wasn't going to speak ill of his successor -- and then did

By Salon Staff

Published June 18, 2009 2:25PM (EDT)

Former President George W. Bush has said he's not going to directly criticize his successor, at least not in public. And he said it again Wednesday, before making some more indirect criticisms of President Obama and his policies.

"I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in," Bush said during a speech in Erie, Pa., according to the Washington Times. "You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money... Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States."

Later, Bush followed up the line "I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor" by saying, "I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that -- persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind."

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