September 7th, 2007
11:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Bush on Iraq: 'We're kicking ass'

President Bush will give his progress report on Iraq next week, based on information from Gen. David Petraeus.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq last weekend, he made clear he was pleased with what he saw.

"The security situation is changing," Bush told reporters during the visit. "There's more work to be done. But reconciliation is taking place."

But according to the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia, the president gave a more-to-the-point assessment to Australia Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile.

"We're kicking ass," Bush said to Vaile Tuesday, according the Herald, after the deputy prime minister inquired about his trip to Iraq.

On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino would not confirm or deny the reported comment. (Related Video: Jack Cafferty reads your e-mails on Bush's blunt talk)

This isn't the first blunt comment Bush was overheard making to a world leader. At last year's G8 summit, a live microphone picked up the president telling then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United Nations needs to "get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s**t."

– CNN's Elaine Quijano contributed to this report


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soundoff (712 Responses)
  1. Jill, Nashville, Tennessee

    Impeach him.

    September 9, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Susan, Cleveland, TN

    What a role model! Isn't that what people wanted int he White House?

    September 9, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Floyd Hammond, Deer Park, Washington

    I don't know what more the President could possibly do, to prove that he really doesn't care about anything but the Iraq war. He's shown he doesn't care about hurricanes, falling bridges, health care, political corruption (on a grand scale), or anything else important to the American people. He only cares about his "pet war" in Iraq, and only then because he made a big mistake, but wants to be remembered as the "saviour of America". Thank God there is a two term limit; I don't think we could survive four more years of his incompetence and stupidity!

    September 10, 2007 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  4. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    It's time for Bush to gather up his men at the OK Corral, saddle up their horses and ride into the sunset.
    Even Roy Rodgers, The Sundance Kid, Jesse James and yes! even Kenny Rodgers knew when ta foldem!

    I'm just plain sick and tired and sick and tired of hearing about this sorry cowpoke who due to an unexplainable :-) vote count got to be the lamest US President in History.

    Round em up George and Ride em on out! Happy Trails to ya Until We Never Meet Again.

    September 10, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Elizabeth Tyler of Seattle, WA

    Bush is a huge embarrassment to America.

    Apparently, there's two wars–the actual war that is killing thousands of Iraqi civilians and wasting trillions of American dollars and Bush's war that's coming along quite swimmingly.

    I pray that the next president is a Democrat.

    September 10, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. DF, Dallas, TX

    Why haven't we pulled out of Iraq yet?!?! The Democrats are just as useless as this idiot Bush!

    September 10, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. John, Chicago, Illinois

    Worst. President. Ever.

    September 11, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. matt. dubuque

    did anyone know that there is more people dying in the United states each from murder and other things like that. then are dying in war each day. take a hint the troops are safer than you think

    September 13, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. charlie, atlanta, ga

    Is he drinking again?

    September 14, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. John Papandrea NY NY

    The president should be reminded that he is "kickin-ass" with the lives and limbs of our dedicated service people -this isn't a football game and winning can only be described as having avoided the indiscriminate and unending loss of life in the first place. Can anyone suggest that -losing over 3700 American lives with tens of thousands of serious injuries at a real financial cost that will be measured in trillions – is a victory?
    Such provocative language will only result in some other tyrant telling his people that they are 'kickin-in' our asses and that they too will be victorious. Where does it end?

    September 24, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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