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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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Trollmaster, CA

    If Bin Laden is such a threat then why was invading Iraq more important than catching the next Hitler?

    November 2, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Eddie, Chicago, IL.

    One of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would surrender a little of their freedom for a little security deserve neither and will loose both." I'll let you all figure out what that means for our Constitutional freedoms.

    November 2, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  3. Daniel, NY

    Check out some of the already dirty fliers and releases the GOP is running after Clinton's comments on illegal immigrants.

    November 2, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  4. Max, Boston, MA

    I would prefer our domestic issues to be taken care of before another country's.

    November 2, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  5. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Bush is just a puppet of big business... he has been bought and paid for. They tell him what to do, when to do it, and what to say. All of the stalling in Iraq is about getting the oil concessions. The man has absolutely no credibility. The only justice will be when he finally realizes what a joke he is.

    November 2, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. charlie, atlanta, ga

    Hasn't our nation been embarrased enough by this president, beginning with his admnistration's incompetence in preventing 9/11? Like some children, he should be seen but not heard ...

    November 2, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  7. Mrs. America

    I think only the dumbest of the dumb and the richest of the rich take Bush seriously anymore. His cards are all played out for regular folks.

    November 2, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  8. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    The Democrats have the motive (insanity) and the means and opportunity (majorities in both Houses) to bring impeachmnt proceedings. But they still don't do it. Why is that?

    November 2, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. Craig H, Mpls, MN

    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.

    Posted By Jay, Kenosha, WI : November 1, 2007 10:08 pm
    Do a google search on "torture effective" and learn about how ineffective and counterproductive torture is before you criticise someone for not condoning torture. The CVT (Center for Victims of Torture) site is epecially informative. People subject to torture just make things up to stop the pain.

    November 2, 2007 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  10. Jed in Texas

    Watch out for these drunkin brown shirts runnin things now they have over a year left to completely take over like Chavez did south of here.A dictator in the makin if ever there was one.They even have their own private Army...Black water.

    November 2, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  11. Kevin, Ames IA

    Us LIBERALS are the only ones who actually do ANYTHING. You know, human rights, education, healthcare, happiness, respect, peace, real security (not the Bush kind). Also, it is true, us liberals need to step it up. WE MUST SUPPORT THE TROOPS AND THE ONLY REAL WAY TO DO THIS IS TO END THE WAR

    November 2, 2007 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  12. Anonymous

    To think, Jack Ruby waisted a good bullet. He should have held out and used it today on this SO CALLED PRESIDENT

    November 2, 2007 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  13. Roger - IL

    To those who keep asking, "Where is Bin Laden?" Have you seen pictures or images of where we think he is? It is like looking for a needle in a million haystacks. It also does not help that the local people are protecting him.

    Look how long it took to find the Unabomber or Eric Rudolph. There are still people from the Weathermen we are looking for. This is not going to take a few years to find him, it is going to take a very very long time to get him.

    Remember this as well, these people want to destroy the US. They don't debate anything, they ask if waterboarding is torture, they just cut your head off.

    The only way to beat them is at their own game.

    November 2, 2007 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  14. Jeff, Syracuse, NY

    "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,"

    BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO ATTACK INSIDE THE UNITED STATES read an August 6 2001 intelligence breifing. Bush was president.

    October 12, 2000, USS Cole was attacked. Neither Clinton nor Bush acted on the attack. Condi Rice stated that President Bush "made clear to us that he did not want to respond to al Qaeda one attack at a time. He was 'tired of swatting flies.'"

    Democrats and Republicans both have responsibilities for mismanaging al Qaeda. However, under Bush's two terms as president, and with all his 'wartime powers' he has done very little to actually show his command to bring anyone responsible to justice.

    November 2, 2007 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  15. Dan, Ocean NJ

    Is terrorism not a real threat?

    Who cares about the rhetoric? Put all of the politics aside and look at what situation our country is in.

    There are thousands of people out there in this world who wake up everday and try to kill innocent American citizens here at home, let alone the mess in Iraq.

    Let's not complain about what politicians you don't like because of the terminology they use. Grow up and get over it! They are, in the end, details.

    November 2, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  16. rev. glen davidson candler,nc,wiggins rd.28715

    thankyou president bush for standing up for this nation and for our freedom,everything our presidenthas done to better this nation he has been criticzed

    November 2, 2007 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  17. Steve, Portland, OR

    So, more pompous arrogant BS from the idiot that got us into this war and forgot about Osama bin Laden. Well done Mr. President.

    November 2, 2007 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  18. Marie, Bellingham, WA

    America, you do know this mass murderer will manipulate national and foreign events to keep himself and his cronies in office, right? Mark my words, he has no intention to let go of his power until we are all left in ashes and soot. The people who died on 9/11 mean nothing to this monster.

    November 2, 2007 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  19. S, Orlando, FL

    How about YOU respond to Osama and capture him already, you idiot.

    Screw the "four years per term" crap. He needs to resign right now and quit wasting this country's time.

    November 2, 2007 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  20. Phil, Dallas, Texas

    Bush behaves like a spoiled brat. If Congress doesn't give him what he yells for he throws a tantrum. Message-noone believes you any more, George. Grow up and join the adult world.

    November 2, 2007 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  21. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    If Bush really loves this nation, he would fire Dick Cheney and than Resign!

    November 2, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  22. alan St Louis

    WHERE IS OSAMA??????????????????????

    He is still running why Because we are in IRAQ that had nothing to do with 911

    Geting OSAMA means no more money for greedy corpate republicans. Corpate republicans can keep the super vacum on the US TREASUARY as OSAMA is running around and the U.S. is waisting time in IRAQ that had nothing to do with 911.

    The whitehouse uses words like terrorist, 911 ,honor, freedom, homeland as PUNCH LINES to get what they want more money.

    Democrats are terrorist for tring to help unissured childered, Democrats are terrorist for tring to end this pointless war in IRAQ so the BROKEN military can work on getting OSAMA.

    Remember the ALAMO and say no to SCHIP
    Remember 911 stay in IRAQ with no real strategy

    November 2, 2007 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  23. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Iraq,Iran,WMDs,9/11, Bush goes with what he can spell.

    November 2, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    And why wouldnt he play the 9/11 card? Its the only thing he has ever done effectively. His entire presidency has been built over the dead bodies of over 3000 Americans. Prior to 9/11 his approval ratings were in the toilet and it was apparent to everyone what a dog had been appointed to office. For some deluded reason, after 9/11 the american public got in line with him and believed that his presidency would be anything but a failure. That was a huge mistake. Bush has been a failure all of his life, why would he change now?

    November 2, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  25. CTurner, Durham, NC

    The Boy Wonder declares that "some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden," proving once again that he has no sense of irony. Bush has been calling the shots for 7 years. Why didn't he go after bin Laden after 9/11 instead of invading Iraq? Talk about a complete lack of responsibility.

    November 2, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
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