September 20th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
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Bush slams ad

Watch President Bush condemn the ad Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush on Thursday slammed last week's advertisement from an anti-war group that criticized the top military commander in Iraq and upbraided Democrats, saying they were skittish about criticizing the group.

Bush, at a press conference at the White House, was asked about his reaction to's ad in The New York Times that "mocked" Gen. David Petraeus as Gen. "Betray Us."

The president called the advertisement "disgusting." The group and other war critics have accused Petraeus and the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" to make it seem that military success is being achieved in Iraq.

Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, in reports to Congress last week, said they believe the U.S. troop increase, or "surge," has had successes, an assertion questioned by war critics.

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    President Bush, it is you and your war that is DISGUSTING.

    September 20, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Loyda, WDC

    ok, let's see... it took him a few days to react to the Katrina disaster... and took him 8 days to react to the horrible ad....

    wow... talk about moving on....hahahha

    September 20, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Sherry AllOver Texas

    The president called the advertisement "disgusting." ...

    Guess what George, alot of people think you're disgusting.

    September 20, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Eduardo, Los Angeles, CA

    Kudos to the President!

    September 20, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Roger, Conway SC

    I don't recall the president ever critizing Swift-Boat all I forgot that is a right wing group and that is OK...GOP is nothing but a bunch of clueless hypocrites...

    September 20, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Jason, Vineland NJ

    I really think it is Washington and all of these ridiculous politicians who need to:

    MOVE ON!

    Nobody would have even known about this ad if they didn't officially kill it with their incessant talk!

    September 20, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Coming from bush,I'd say that his disapproval is a feather in moveon's cap.Betray us is a traitor for promoting bush's agenda.Where's his resignation?

    September 20, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Moveon.Org is funded by 5 wealthy liberals: George Soros, Herbert & Marion Sandler, Peter Lewis (Progressive Insurance), and Stephen Bing.

    During the 2004 Presidential Campaign, these 5 liberal donors gave over $78 million to elect democrats. An unprecedented amount – more than the US Governments ($75 million) matching funds to the candidates.

    Moveon.Org represents the epitomy of special interests attempting to buy the election. Perhaps if more Americans knew the truth behind Moveon.Org – they would be seen and rejected for what they are – Anti-America socialists seeking power.

    September 20, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Ron Stevens, Garden City, NY

    Does anybody REALLY listen to this President anymore?! Personally, I don't. Also, people that I have encountered feel the same as I do.

    So I guess it really doesn't matter what Bush thinks.

    September 20, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Jess, Madisonville, KY

    Bush has lied to all of us. He is the one who is disgusting.


    September 20, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Doc, Rox, NC

    When I was a boy, I attended a small school in NJ. There, I listened carefully to my teachers describe Nazi Germany and extoll the reasons why our Uncles and Fathers, and Grandfathers were just and patriotic to risk life and limb against such despotism. Once in high school an Army officer came to make little of the "enemy" in Viet Nam and to encourage us to enlist for an opportunity to kill people.

    Now, thanks to G W Bush and his corrupt cohorts, I live in a country very much like the Germany of the early 40's and I'm still being encouraged to kill people.

    I ask this: Will we Americans ever be able to tell our children to go out to play and be sure to come home by dark as our parents did with us? Or will we continue to entrust these idiot politicians to do our thinking for us?

    Forgive me if I believe the latter, there's no profit in honest politics and there's no hope for the taxpayer who thinks he deserves better.

    September 20, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Lumberjack, Arkansas

    I find it ironic that Bush wouldn't denounce the swiftboat veterans for truth when they smeared Kerry's record in 04. Were they not doing the exact same thing? How's it feel since the shoe's on the other foot now George?

    September 20, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    The ad was simply a declaration that the General and Bush are not telling us the complete truth about the war in iraq. And if you look at the polls after the Gen. Petraeus's meetings with congress the American People agree that we are not being told the truth.

    It's a sorry excuse that the Senate Republicans are trying to make political hay from this ad. What's next? Are they going to repeal Free Speech? Habeus Corpus is still dead thanks to Bush and the GOP.

    The fact is that we have a corrupt White House running a war in a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Anyone having more than displeasure with this ad should have their civil liberties completely revoked.

    Telling it like I see it,

    September 20, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Connie , Mattoon, Il

    Bush didn't bother to say those words toward those SwiftBoat Ads during his and Kerry's campaign in 2004 – why not? Kerry served his nation IN COMBAT – Bush didn't.

    General Petraeus was doing his DUTY – obeying his commander and chief

    September 20, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. David, Dallas Tx

    Henry Tucker of Ga, what do you think the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the NRA, IAPAC, etc. etc. etc. etc. do?

    Another hypocritical Republican. Surprise surprise.

    September 20, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Steve

    "Moveon.Org represents the epitomy of special interests attempting to buy the election."

    The EPITOME? Let's talk about the criminal corporation, Halliburton. Let's talk about the Swift Boat Cowards for Lies.

    "Perhaps if more Americans knew the truth behind Moveon.Org – they would be seen and rejected for what they are – Anti-America socialists seeking power."

    Move On is scaring the hell out of you little pathetic Repub losers, isn't it?

    Move On and its group are the only ones with the guts to stand up to this worthless criminal liar and his handler, President Cheney. Their ad was right on, and it's exactly what Americans have been waiting to hear.

    September 20, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. p-brain, Bucyrus, OH

    Thanks for standing up to MoveOn, Mr. President. I feel sad knowing that General Petraeus is crying himself to sleep at night about the mean things that they said.

    September 20, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. TSgt H

    President Bush is absolutely correct in this issue. General Petraeus has spent his life protecting and defending this country....for an ad like that to flurish in the newspaper is ridiculous. We are in a war, General Patraeus is the commander of all the forces in Iraq...every troop in the battlefield looks up to him and for this organization to do something like that just brings the moral down in the battlefield.
    I say this because i am veteran and still serving this country. All this political bull crap has to stop and let the brave men and women of our armed forces do their job!!!

    September 20, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Cennon, SF, CA

    The offensive nature of this add is like a grain of sand in the desert compared to the whole desert of the offense of Bush and his thugs did by misleading America in Iraq and creating this mess. How many US soldiers gave their lives and suffered permanent injury that didn't have to? The Republicans need to clean up the mile high pile of crap that's stinking up their own backyard, before they complain about the mouse turd in their neighbor's yard.

    September 20, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The gloves are off, President Shrub, and your stupid war together with its stubborn supporters will be subject to relentless attack for the next 15 months. Get used to it, and get rid of that wifty Perino babe if you want someone to take the heat.

    September 20, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Steve Shoemaker, Boise, ID

    Where were all these right wingers when Swift Boat attackers threw shameless attacks on Vietnam veteran John Kerry and Max Cleland? This was methodically done under the watch of Carl Rove. Move.on was right on picking Petraeus as he was not representing the views of military, but he was cherry picking the data to promote Bush's agenda. After his speech there were several international reporters in Iraq who commented that Gen Petraeus was spinning the truth. It was shameless on White House to present an army officer in uniform to spin the facts and promote their agenda. These warmongerers don't care for the troops as seen from yesterday's vote on Webb's legislation. Bush and his party do not want to give enough rest to the troops when they come back home. Disgusting!

    September 20, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    First of, I get it, Bush sucks, but he has flatly denounced ALL 527 ads previously and that is easy as hell to find.

    Secondly, just take into context what he is saying about the Democrats being afraid of Moveon, he is totally right (for once).

    If the Queen Hillary said one bad word about this group, they would even be able to topple her (I would personally enjoy the MSM and Moveon duking it out, but I digress) as they wield not just power, but incredible amounts of money. And money "talks".

    Latly, great posting by "Getin Pade", money is money eh Soros, even if it is oily.

    September 20, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. David, Encinitas, CA

    Not surprising. Bush has no real respect for the military, using leaders like Generals Powell and Petraeus to further his agenda. He then cries foul when someone stands up to his lies, and accuses them of not supporting the military. MoveOn's biggest error was to play into this strategy by attacking the man and not the message.

    Shame on you, President bush, for using the military for political gain.

    September 20, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Pat Petersen, Sioux City, IA

    So the propaganda, I mean advertisement, that aired in Iowa depicting a soldier with an amputated limb saying if we pull out of Iraq now, his sacrafice and the sacrafice of our dead soldiers is for nothing. It pans to a picture of the WTC with the words "They Attacked Us". Which add is disgusting???

    IRAQ DID NOT ATTACK US NOR DID THEY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH BIN LADEN UNTIL BUSH ATTACkED IRAQ!! Bin Laden is a mass murdering criminal - not a country nor a state of mind (war on terrorism my ass).

    What is so hard to understand about this. Petraeus will keep his job for a little while longer as long as he tows the line for the GOP.

    September 20, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Christian, Tampa FL

    I thought it was disturbingly cryptic when he said that the Democrats are less afraid of "irritating the U.S. military."

    Since when does the military get irritated by a political party? They're supposed to be completely objective about this sort of thing. Not to mention that the Democrats are the ones who truly support the military by trying to end the war which is straining our military and led to the ad being published in the first place.

    September 20, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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