Even as he said he would not directly criticize his successor, President Bush told a business crowd in Erie, Pa., on Wednesday some things that sounded critical, including:
– "I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in."
– "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."
– "I worry about encouraging the government to replace the private sector when it comes to providing insurance for health care."
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– "When I look in the mirror, I say, 'He did not sell his soul for short-term politics.'"
And when asked whether President Obama's policies were "socialist," Bush said: "We'll see."