Many conservative commentators have noted that President Obama often blames Americas problems, at home and abroad, on President Bush, (often with some justice). The irony is that at the start of his term he did not go as far as would have been politically wise. A year ago, when he took office, he could have said, "Our economy is in very bad shape. It is quite likely that we will face 10% unemployment and slow growth for quite some time. On top of that, the deficit has expanded greatly. It will take several years for us to fix things, and it will get much worse before it gets better . . ."
But Obama did not go that far, however much he blames on Bush. Instead, he sold a huge stimulus bill by saying it would keep that from happening. Hence he is currently taking some of the heat.