September 7th, 2007
03:42 PM ET
7 years ago

Bush likely to give prime time Iraq address

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush will "very likely" speak to the nation about the latest developments and conditions in Iraq during a prime time address next week, a senior administration official tells CNN’s Ed Henry.

An exact date and location for the speech have not been chosen yet.

According to the official, the speech will summarize the findings of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker's report, and attempt to re-frame the larger debate as Congress prepares to vote on timetables to withdraw U.S. troops from the country.


Filed under: Iraq • President Bush
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Oh good. Another 27 minutes and 12 seconds of "stay the course"......I know I'm excited.

    September 7, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Joe, Wayland, NY

    Do you think he'll look straight into the camera and tell us that "We're kicking ass?" (He's delusional and an embarrassment.)

    P.S. Where the hell is Condie Rice and what is she doing? You'd think that since we are in a time of war, she'd be pretty busy. Why don't we hear anything from her? What is she doing diplomatically to end this conflict?

    September 7, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Jay, Pittsburgh, PA

    Who want to guess in will be on 9/11, even though Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks?

    Our idiot in chief is sooo predictable.

    September 7, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. One who has given money to the Obama For President campaign, Atlanta, GA

    Millions of people support and endorse Barak Obama but I am becoming more and more annoyed at your negative and degrading statements about your husband and presidential candidate. He is running to be the President of the USA, the most powerful and wonderful country on the planet and you continue to be the only person to make these degrading and hurtful statements about the man.

    Are you jealous of his good looks and ambitions? Is it your low self-esteem? What the heck is bothering you about him? Are you still shocked that a man like him would marry a woman like you? What? Please take a moment and reflect on what you are saying because you would not want your words to hurt him politically do you?

    Observe other wives and examine how they are supportive of their husbands – regardless. Tear a page out of their books and compose yourself. Try to be dignified and act like a loving and supportive wife. The Obama “handlers” need to definitely advise you and control your emotional and degrading verbal outbursts. Ask for advice, my dear lady.

    Lots of us out here want to support you too and we are trying.

    Respectfully yours,

    One who has given money to the Obama For President campaign

    September 7, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. RightyTighty

    The generals on the ground in Iraq say we are making progress and want to expend the surge.

    Our grand 110th Congress' response:
    Run, run, run away...

    September 7, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Dan H. , Reno , Nv.

    Excellent ! I was hoping to see one more State-of-the-Union-style address with all the pomp and circumstance, and President Bush proving all the naysayers wrong.

    September 7, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Josue Romano, Buena Park, CA

    No need "Were Kicking Ass" right.?

    September 7, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Rodney Dallas TX

    I've often wondered exactly what country he is the president of. I think his miserble second term, he's been more Iraq's president than ours. I have an idea. Retire and move to Iraq. Create a better Iraq using their people, not ours.

    September 7, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Steve, Portland, OR

    Yawn... Let me guess, re-frame and spew the same old "stay the course".

    September 7, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Paulet, Simsbury, CT

    It will probably be part of a 9/11 address just to "Kick Ass" with the Democratic Party.
    I hope the Democrats follow with Strong Remarks - Jim Webb did a great job last time and they should hold off on any commitment of US Taxpayers Dollars until we start seeing the boys arriving on our shores.

    September 7, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. kathe oakland california

    to person from Atlanta who gives monies to support Obama – what in the heck does that have to do with Bush giving a prime time BS speech. And who the hell are you??? Sounds as though you have some issues period with Mr. and Mrs. Obama. Get a grip!!!

    September 7, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Leigh, NE

    Bush has no credibility.

    Who in their right mind would believe anything he has to say!

    I tune him out!

    September 7, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Perhaps we need someone to forcefully advocate the armed overthrow of our government to end this war, not that I'm doing so here. To save this country from its leaders, we may have to waste them, not that there's anything wrong with that.

    September 7, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Jeff Old Bridge,NJ

    His last speech that compared Iraq to Vietnam was almost word for word a Richard Nixon speech defending the Vietnam war!Don't believe me?Watch the movie "The US vs John Lennon",it contains that speech given by Nixon and Bush used it almost word for word.You can learn more about the truth on VH1 than you can by watching George.If his lips are moving you KNOW it's all lies.This whole war has been nothing BUT from day one!

    September 7, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. L.M., Ardmore, Oklahoma

    I think I'll wait until he speaks to judge what he says. It's a quirk of mine I learned in the classroom. I admit it slows things down a bit and it isn't as clever as prejudging and using scatalogical references, but someone has to do it.

    September 7, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. moveon.org-sucks

    Yep, more blind Bush hatred....and the address has not even been scheduled. Yet I am curious how the liberals feel about having Bin laden as their new spokesperson. What? No liberal Bush bashing CNN blog on that?

    September 7, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Look for the President's hands – his fingers will be crossed.

    September 7, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. RB

    I was going to rearrange the sock drawer next week, but this is far more exciting.

    Actually, all they have to do is roll out footage of his previous addresses because the message will be the same.

    I'm hoping he'll give America a real gift and tender his resignation while he's there.

    September 7, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Franky G

    CNN Comment Policy: CNN encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. Please note that CNN makes reasonable efforts to review all comments prior to posting and CNN may edit comments for clarity or to keep out questionable or off-topic material. All comments should be relevant to the post and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. By submitting your comment, you hereby give CNN the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying information via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity.

    How about enforcing this policy about the libelous and threatening comments of our President before censoring and deleting any opposing Republican viewpoints CNN – you make it just too obvious you morons.

    September 7, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. John from America

    It would be nice if experts were to watch and look of signs of deception! Like, "his lips are moving"

    Why would anybody except the oil business men care about what "dubya" or is it "dumbo" has to say about a civil war in Iraq that he started!

    If you want to see an interesting assessment of invading Iraq – look no further that our "vice" presidents remarks on tape at;

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BEsZMvrq-I&w=640&h=390]

    Then draw your own conclusions as to why we invaded Iraq for the "never to be found" weapons of mass destruction" or for George and Dick's oil profits?

    What actually went on with the Dick Cheney's secret energy meetings?

    I have many relatives and friends that have died in wars from WW1 to this current "civil war" – when are we going to stand up to the profit driven Corporations and say -ENOUGH!

    The first step is to get rid of the corporate political party – the GOP!

    Yes my stocks will suffer and my energy will cost more – but, my friends and relatives will be alive!

    If we want cheaper energy – invest in education and research – not war!

    September 7, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. jms, Tn

    Does anyone really care to hear more lies from this looser? We have been subjected to more reterick than should be allowed.Give it up George.

    September 7, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. Cary- Lowell, IN

    The momentum has shifted in Iraq. Can U handle it?

    September 7, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Cary - Lowell, IN

    The momentum has shifted in Iraq. Can U handle it?

    September 7, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. Censorship city @ CNN

    CNN Comment Policy: CNN encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. Please note that CNN makes reasonable efforts to review all comments prior to posting and CNN may edit comments for clarity or to keep out questionable or off-topic material. All comments should be relevant to the post and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. By submitting your comment, you hereby give CNN the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying information via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity.

    Does it need to be posted again? Has your liberal agenda not been blantantly exploited enough on your blogs here CNN? Please make sure to censor and delete the positive opposing viewpoints, and keep the seditious anti-government comments alive and well for all the world to see. Keep that true form! Oh yeah...Bin laden now agrees with you and the libs for the direction of America....Congrats on that one. Where's the blog?

    September 7, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. Tricia M Charlottetown, PEI

    Here's One who won't be watching.
    By Bother? When he's all said and done
    no one will know if he spoke the truth, or the other version due to the consequences of the truth or the other version to keep the world thinking we're Really Kickin Ass in Iraq, or the other version to try to make the Dems look like THE problem.

    Personally I don't have any interest in what Bush might have to say, or in what he might have to do, or in what he might not have to do, or in the jeuvenile jargons he might wish to spew.

    Another waste of good air time. Why don't you put Bill Clinton on again instead. At least, what he says makes sense, his language is understandable, he captures an audience with his class and savy, and his insight on world issues is truly interesting compared to Bush who has no insight unless Rove is available to tutor him before he goes on air. Of course any insight Rove could supply wouldn't be anything of interest or value.

    September 7, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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