November 2nd, 2007
08:40 AM ET
4 years ago

Bush plays the 9/11 card

Watch Suzanne Malveaux's report about President Bush's speech at the Heritage Foundation Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush used strong words Thursday. Saying "some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the requests of our commanders on the ground and less time responding to the demands of bloggers and Code Pink protesters," Bush went to bat for his embattled Attorney General nominee. Watch this report about the President's effort to keep Michael Mukasey on track for confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

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  1. Greg, Barrington, IL

    "Code Pink protesters"? Bush is amazing! The same old mentality exibited by conservatives in the Viet Nam era. Pinko, communist, hippy protesters interfering with our God-sponsored, rightous anti-communist jihad in Southeast Asia. Can we finally get past these morons and move into our rightful place at the head of world politics and a voice for justice? See my comment on Bush's Hitler analogy.

    November 1, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. George, IL

    Speaking of Osama... where is he now? Mr. President, you've essentially blasted Afghanistan and Iraq back to the Stone Age. Have you found Osama yet? He still hasn't returned my DVD of South Park to me, so if you find him please let me know.

    November 1, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. John from America

    Well now- wasn't it Old bushie that said he wasn't concerned about Osama bin Laden? He sure didn't seem to care when he forgot about the fight in Afghanistan and attacked Iraq for his and dicky's oil business! Perhaps Dennis has it right, George must be losing his mind, he can't seem to remember what he said a while ago!

    November 1, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Lorenz, Queens, NY


    November 1, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Duless Dallas TX

    You tell 'em George ! Ride 'em Cowboy !!

    November 1, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Jay, Kenosha, WI

    Democrats would not waterboard a captured terrorist in order to prevent a terrorist attack. So what are Democrats doing to protect citizens? Nothing, they exist only criticize Bush.

    It's too bad CNN would characterize the President's reminder of the danger terrorists pose as "a familiar weapon in his arsenal." CNN, please try to give this danger the credibility it deserves.

    November 1, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |


    November 1, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. P. Sherman, Ontario Canada

    Funny that President Bush says this, yet he continually ignores and belittles the same American citizens who put him in power when they say they don't like his war strategy in Iraq and they either want changes or bring the troops home. Seems he should heed his own advice to listen to those who are the most important to him or should be – The American Citizen.

    November 1, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Reenie Moore, Inver Grove Heights, MN

    Why didn't this idiot spend more time focusing on capturing Osama instead of invading a soveriegn nation that had no terrorism.
    What a fool!

    November 1, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. Lupos New York NY

    Good Point Georgie. Shall we move the campaign headquarters to Baghdad ?

    November 1, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Trollmaster, CA

    The right wing was the ones that cried about the adds, because they needed a smokescreen to hide the fact, there's been little or no progress in Iraq.

    The Republicans were voted out in 2006 because Bush is a poor leader, and we had a congress that blindly went along with his destructive program.

    If Bush really wants to help this nation, he should resign.

    November 1, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. Terry, El Paso, TX

    We can ignore the President's cheap shot, but we should think about the nominee for Attorney General. Mr. Mukasey's mealy-mouthed dodging and weaving on torture is an indicator that he is going to cave in to the Administration's delusional mind set.

    We all know that waterboarding is torture. If the law says otherwise, then the law is wrong. It may not be as bad as interrogating someone with an electric drill or a soldering iron, but it is not something that I would enjoy watching. And, because Bush and Cheney are so secretive, I am sure that one day soon the stories will start coming out about the things that Americans are doing to foreigners in a hundred different hell-holes that we know nothing of.

    As for Mr. Mukasey's nomination, I say that it would be better to leave the office vacant until the new president is sworn in.

    Even in the Nixon Administration, two Attorneys General resigned rather than take illegal orders from the President.

    Every American has an opinion on waterboarding. Every lawyer and certainly every judge should be able to give an intelligent opinion on it.

    November 1, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Trollmaster, CA

    Bush is on record of saying he's not concerned about finding Bin Laden. 6 years after 9/11 and we're not even close to finding him, it clearly shows, he does not want to catch or kill him, but use him as a boogieman to scare Americans into giving up our freedoms.

    November 1, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. dsanders

    Bush says "we should spend more time responding to the warnings of Osama bin Laden".

    Didn't George Bush say–when asked by a reporter a couple of years ago about bin Laden still being loose–that he does not think about Osama bin Laden

    I don't get it.

    November 1, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Kareen, Puyallup, WA

    We are so tired of the "scare tactics" of this administration ie: references to 9/11 and Osama bin Laden. We feel that the best way to decide whether "water boarding" is torture or not is to have the candidates for Attorney General and Pres. Bush and Cheney undergo the procedure. They would then be able to give a true and honest decision.

    November 1, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. Inga Hanceville AL

    George Bush should look on back to the French Revalution! It was only 6 months after 9/11 when He Himself said of Bin Ladin... "we haven't heard from him in a long time" defending his want to invade Iraq instead on continuing to hunt down Bin Ladin.
    Your stand just doesn't was Mr. President!

    November 1, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |


    November 1, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. Sam, Salt Lake, UT

    There's been plenty of information showing there were clues to forewarn the Bush administration about 911.

    He dropped the ball so we have to make up for it by condoning torture?

    Come on people. Where does Christ condone torture? Instead talking about the New Testament people need to read it. Christ is also known as the Prince of Peace. Remember?

    “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
    “Love thy neighbor.”
    “Turn the other cheek.”

    I’m not saying we should allow people to fly plains into buildings, but I don’t believe Christ would approve of the way Bush is handling this issue.

    I heard one Focus On the Family speaker say it’s irrelevant to say “What would Christ do?” That’s insane. The teachings of Christ, and how he told us to conduct ourselves are always relevant, or why would anyone call themselves a Christian?

    November 1, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. ffekk dfdl fklfe

    Would someone just stuff him away somewhere where he cannot cause any more people to blow up and have streets running red with blood. He and that evil thing Cheney should be behind bars. They're serial killers, big time.

    November 1, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |

    here we go again. as everyone knows, terrorists control people through fear, threats and intimidation. so what does george w bush do? the exact same thing. the biggest most powerful terrorist in the world is bush. watch out iran, he's got over a year left in office and bush has erectile disfunction. only war can excite him!

    November 1, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. Jesse Pittsburgh, PA

    yeah you dummie... and where are we... in afghanistan? No, we are in Iraq. This whole war is a big sham, and George W. Bush is the worst president ever.

    November 1, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. Sam, Salt Lake City, UT

    Wait, I forgot something . . .
    "thou shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17)

    November 1, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  23. Joe S

    Bush comparing Dems to Nazi's...thats the pot coloring the kettle black.

    November 2, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. Isaac, Phoenix AZ

    All Hail Emporer of the American Empire Bush! You dems better not anger his majesty or more of your civil liberties will be abolished!

    November 2, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. Jay, Kenosha, WI

    Bush is at war with terrorists. Democrats are at war with Bush.

    November 2, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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