November 2nd, 2007
08:40 AM ET
5 months 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 MoveOn.org 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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Filed under: Michael Mukasey • President Bush
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. EB Rideout, Georgia

    I fear George Bush more than bin Laden.

    At least with bin Laden we know he is the enemy.

    November 2, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    The problem here is that the Attorney General is the only guy who can prosecute the President for breaking the law short of Congress starting impeachment proceedings. The Dems in Congress are fighting to put in an AG that will enforce the law with regards to the President and Bush is using the spectre of ObL to try to get an AG that won't prosecute him. As far as I'm concerned that is the only issue in choosing the next AG.

    Why haven't we impeached this guy yet?

    November 2, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. Chris, Pensacola FL

    What's even more amazing is that he has obviously spent the time to research moveon and code pink.

    With all the current affairs in the world, he is more worried about the governments contacts than his job performance.

    November 2, 2007 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. James, Phoenix AZ

    Don't pay any attention to the facts that Bush and Condi Rice had plenty of warning about 9/11.

    Bush is the greatest President ever. Lighten up on him, folks.

    November 2, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Wayne,Greenville TX

    Bush should spend more time listening to the Americal People, and less time listening to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, and all the morons at the Heritage Foundation.

    November 2, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. Wayne, Greenville TX

    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.

    Posted By Jesse Pittsburgh, PA : November 1, 2007 11:55 pm

    That's why I have never used the word "president" in the same sentence as his name, and never will.

    November 2, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. ne,Pa.

    Worst president ever!

    November 2, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. crabfat ocean city, md.

    Just go away to Crawford...soon!

    November 2, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Texrat, Fort Worth, TX

    Come on guys! The prez is right!

    So Bush... can you give us an update on bin Ladin? Or is he still no longer a priority, as you said years ago?

    November 2, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Steve , Sumter, SC

    We need to fully understand the fact that the most critical role of government is to protect its people. We are targets folks! 9-11 is a fact! These crazies will patiently outwait us! The great thing about democracy is we can debate and disagree! We also need to be protected!

    November 2, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Karen,ny

    Most Americans do not fall for that 911 scare tactic. He can fool some of the people some of the time, but he can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    November 2, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    CNN is showing it's liberal bias just by describing 9-11 as a card. It's not a card, it was a devastating attack on our country by religious extremists. I applaud the president for going right to the reality of our country's situation and call the dems out on their unwillingness to stand up for America and it's citizens.

    November 2, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Brandon, TN

    It's funny to read the comments from the Bush supporters – comments that are so immature and "hickish". If you are a Bush supporter, please try and provide the rest of us with some intellectual and factual information that supports this ridiculous presidency. It's presidents like Bush and citizens like you, who embarrass the hell out of me when I travel internationally.

    November 2, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. JM, OH

    Phill in Grand Isle wrote: "GOD BLESS BUSH FOR TRYING TO PROTECT US !!"
    I don't think Bush could care less about protecting us. All he cares about is his neocon crusade to spread Democracy to the middle east (and pad the pockets of the oil industry and defense contractors in the process). If he really wanted to protect us he wouldn't have taken troops out of Afghanistan to fight an unnecessary and illegal war in Iraq.
    By the way, has anyone else noticed that the Repubes aren't smart enough to figure out that "Caps Lock" thingy?

    November 2, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I believe that the war in Iraq was poorly thought out. We should have focused on Aganistan until we completely finished the job.

    With Mukasey, he should be listening to the description of the interrogation technique that the senators are describing. Does it sound like torture? I would think so at the outset. For those that think Democrats are solely to blame for the failure to capture and eliminate terrorist, they are sadly mistaken. All American have that responsiblity. If we are not serving in the military or parts of domestic law enforcement, then we the citizenry should be looking out at what goes on in our daily lives.

    What can we do? We can learn to use less materials that come from areas in conflict; an example is less oil from the Middle East. How many of us really need to drive an SUV? Does it really fit our needs especially in an urban area? I can't imagine what you would need it for. If you have kids like me, then get a mini-van. They have just as much space and get better milage. This takes all of us to protect ourselves.

    Other things that are affecting this "war on terror" are our foreign policy and where we trade as well as how we trade. Some other things are other people who are angry that they are not in charge. We have to remember that we need to have our foreign policy reflect our ideals more than our finacial needs (not always possible though); countries that are democracies and have good human rights records should be our allies. In some cases, no matter what we do as a country and as individuals, we will never make some people happy because these people see themselves as the "only true rightful leaders" and there can be no others. Those are the people that we will have the most trouble dealing with.

    November 2, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Jose Washington DC

    As a conservative, my biggest concern is that he will continue to undermine our chances to elect another Republican president.

    At least past presidents had the common sense not to continue to embarrass themselves and our country when they became lame ducks. Maybe Cheney, who is if nothing else far more intellectually skilled than Bush should let him know the party is over. They have been fond out. We are no longer fooled. The legacy is done too. If the war on Iraq is ever won, it will be done during someone else’s presidency or at least under another president’s plan and they will get the credit. More than likely the next president will get credit for ending our invasion of Iraq.

    November 2, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Albert, Black Creek SC

    I wish people would stop trying to compare what Bush does to what Christ would do. He is the worst possible example of the teachings of Christ. I promise you he has never read the Bible with any care whatsoever. He lives only in the Old Testament. There is already a religion for folks who live only by the old testament. If you live by the new testameent you are Christian. He does not, he is not, and people need to stop being shocked when he does not act Christian. He is a drive by Christian at best.

    November 2, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush using 9/11 to justify a confirmation for Mukasey is a fear tactic and shows no respect for 9/11 victims. And to use bin laden and our commanders on the ground in the same sentence makes no sense. God Bless America.

    November 2, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. jimmy,austin,tx

    with regards to the moveoners and code pinkeye I agree the dems shouldnt be in bed with them, however Im am pretty fed up with the boogey man stories. Doesnt OBL have kidney problems and doesnt he need dialasis for that problem, how good is health care in pakistan and afganistan if a cave dweller can stay alive this long with out treatment. In other words OBL is probalby dead, lets get out of iraq and finish off the rest of OBLs' clan.

    November 2, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Michele T, Berkeley, CA

    Bush plays the 9/11 card. Well he's never done THAT before. What's next, Guiliani playing the 9/11 card?

    November 2, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. r sisk, nevada

    Bush is pouting and throwing a tantrum because his attorney general nominee is facing problems. Typical Bush.

    "some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osam bin Laden and the requests of our commanders on the ground and less time responding to the demands of MoveOn.org bloggers and Code Pink protestors." UNBELIEVEABLE!!!! This coming from the acting President who ignored the threats from Bin Laden which resulted in September THE 11th.

    I praise the efforts of MoveON and
    Code Pink. Most of us agree with their logic yet do nothing about it. These good folks have the integrity and drive to protest this loser administration and their faulty, evil, warped policies. Look up Fascism and you will realize how scary Bush and his cronies are.

    The war-mongering, macho attitudes that resonates throughout parts of our great nation is fueled by little-dicked followers who can't think for themselves. (over-compensation). They need a leader and unfortunately have found
    one in Bush. There is no sense in trying to talk some sense in these guys, they will always FOLLOW because they lack the tools to ever lead. I am afraid many of the GOP lawmakers are among this crowd.

    Courage folks. If we can get through one more year of this hell, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    November 2, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. spinstopper

    9/11 is not a card CNN and I am offended that you are using such a phrase to describe it..

    3000 people died on 9/11. It's an American tradegy! One that should not be forgotten or repeated!!

    November 2, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Russ, LV NV

    Just remember all you Bush lover's. Hitler scared his followers into believing the Jews needed to be destroyed. Thank heavens Bushies term will end soon and hopefully some semblence of world order can be returned.

    November 2, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Steve, Lyons, CO

    How dare this incompetent idiot mention Osama bin Laden?

    Sorry, Georgie, your family friend is right where you and the Saudis left him, wherever that is.

    You failed to get bin Laden, you snivelling, National Guard-deserting loser, because he's part of all of this, isn't he? ...Conveniently showing up just before elections, just before Paetreus' testimony...who do you think you're fooling?

    Time for the Dems to tell Bush to eat it on this one.

    November 2, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Yeah and if George Bush had performed like the Commander-In-Chief he was supposed to be and not a cowboy, Osama bin Laden would be dead or in captivity. Instead, Bush evading the responsibility for the consequences of his actions and attempting to shift the blame to others.

    We also have the White House press secretary, trying whitewash Bush's failure to lead the Nation properly, telling us that bin Laden, responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 people on U.S. soil, is "irrelevant" and "not in control."

    I believe in military terms this is called "deriliction of duty." Too bad it is not an impeachable offense.

    November 2, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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