Reporter Steve Bousquet didn’t touch on Bush’s defense of his brother until the final paragraphs of his story:

Only once in his 15-minute appearance did Bush speak directly about President Barack Obama.

“Mr. President, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies,” Bush said. “You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked. In the fourth year of your presidency, a real leader would accept responsibility for his actions and you haven’t done it.”

The line was not included in his prepared remarks.

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Brian E. Crowley is editor of Crowley Political Report. A political journalist for more than two decades, Crowley is an analyst for WPTV NewsChannel 5 in West Palm Beach and is a principal of ImMEDIAcy Public Relations.