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. Mary, Beaver, PA

    You don't need to be a conservative to continue to support this loser. Just delusional and blind. But you neo-cons think that name-calling your opposition is reasonable political discourse. I've heard your cheap-shot talk-show robots, and they only care about the Constitution when a Democrat is in office.

    We need a REAL conservative in office. Not one who states that his opponents should "spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden" when he himself has ignored the man for four years. Mr. President, just what have YOU been doing about bin Laden? You certainly aren't interested in him unless you can use him against your political opponents, or as a means to motivate by fear and hate. Typical neo-con strategy that is wearing quite thin.

    Neo-cons, you are all absolutely pathetic. After 25 years of your mishandling this government and destroying the civil liberties of our Republic, I am glad that the American people have finally had enough of your delusions of Empire.

    November 2, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Matt Plenert, Vancouver, BC

    I like how Bush compared Lenin and Hitler. The comparison to the two is rediculous and offensive to anyone who has a basic understanding of history. He said that Lenin was responsible for tens of millions of deaths and bringing the world to the brink of thermo"nucular" war, despite the fact that Lenin died 20 years before the U.S. developed and used nuclear weapons exclusively against civilans. There is no doubt that Lenin was an excessively cruel human being, but even the highest believed number of those killed by the Reds during the Russian Civil War is not even a third of those killed during the Iraq War. It's also interesting to note that the people who stood up to Lenin were fascistic monarchists, and the ones who stood up to fascists before and during WWII were communists, anarchists and socialists.

    November 2, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. G. Rasputin, Lakeland FL

    Bush's rants about Code Pink and are nothing more than bumper-sticker slogans for the and unwashed so-called "conservative" masses who are Jones-ing for someone to bash as their "leader" and his administration self-destruct. If he had heeded and responded to the warnings in the summer of 2001 of Bin Laden's plans to attack the U.S., we probably wouldn't be in this sorry state now.

    November 2, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    spinstopper –

    I agree, 9/11 is an American tragedy which is why it offends me that the President invokes 9/11 all the time for things that have nothing to do with national security. The same goes for Rudy Giuliani.

    This fight isn't about the safety of the american people, this is about Bush covering his rear from congressional oversight.

    November 2, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Jim bob in Texas

    If they had said they caught or killed Osama ,he would have become a martyr, instead of the Evil Rabbit that they can now pull out of the hat when ever they need him to scare everyone to get what they want.I think they killed him a while back,but telling us would have taken that card off the table.why do yall think they named it Texas-holdem poker,the river is the last card up ,wonder what card that will be?

    November 2, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Bush: Sit down and shut up. We're all really sick of the lies, venom and idiocy that comes out of your mouth.

    November 2, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Mark, Dallas, TX

    The intellectual element on this blog is almost overwhelming. The combined brainpower here would be almost enough to toast a slice of bread. I just don't think I can hang with sharp-witted phrases like "bush sux" and "bush is rediculus" and "yeah you dummie". Every time I try to argue with "the Left" I'm put in my place with a humbling disparity of gray matter. I surrender.

    November 2, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Doug, Missoula, MT

    It's beyond Bush at this point, folks. our problems started way before GW and frankly was in 1948 as pointed out by Christiane Amanpour in her God's Warrior's show about Islamic Extremism and where it got its start. Take a look at the book called Milestones – By Sayyid Qutb. Long ago this war got started. Now we're in the thick of it. The world is watching us squabble over stupid things now. Forget Bush. We're hosed if we think it is up to one man. It's our entire American society. Check out that book and Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg. Both will give a glimpse of where we are going.....

    November 2, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    "Strike Iran, the signing statement that he made enables him to the cancel 2008 election because of a national emergency."

    David in Boulder (Left-Wing Capitol of the Country) take a civics lesson. Bush cannot unilaterally cancel the presidential election. Sheeesh.

    November 2, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Matt, Denver


    Well, if he "tries" and fails miserably, increasing the threat of terrorism (as acknowledged by our own intelligence services) through his shortsighted policies and mangled execution of war that has left so many maimed and dead Americans, does god still bless him? Wouldn't god prefer someone with the wisdom to both try and succeed? Maybe let's try a Democrat.

    November 2, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Who was President when 9-11 occurred. Who had received briefings on bin Laden from Clark immediately following the oath of office. Who ignored Clark and had a hissy fit because the "W's" were missing off of White House computer key boards. Who spent most of the time prior to 9-11 on vactaion. Who said make me a War President and we will have two terms. Who decided that he was above the wishes of Congress and could change Congressional legislation by writing in the margins that he disagreed with it and would nor follow it, and then turn around and sign the legislation making it the law of the land for everyone but him. Who has no concept of what good intelligence is verus what he wants to hear. Who charges ahead like a bull in the China shop and refuses to listen to anyone after he has decided that its his way or no way.

    November 2, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Matt, Denver

    Randy, Bush has in fact undone previously clear-seeming guarantees of the constitution and federal statute, so don't assume you know anything about civics b/c you got an A in high school. See: torture, enemy combatants, wiretapping of Americans, extraordinary rendition, etc.

    p.s., noting that someone is from a place that is known for people of a particular political stripe does nothing to discredit that person nor bolster your own opinions. it is just evidence of your hostility to that worldview, and perhaps person and region.

    November 2, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. david houston texas

    Don't yall understand! Yall telling our enemies that we were wrong. Don't do that.GeorgeJr. is allowing us to sleep here instead of having to sleep there. If the White House gets bombed, it will be on you Democrat's hands. GeorgeJr. and Cheney are doing their part by sending our warriors over there. GeorgeJr. and Cheney said they would suit up but their close friends won't let them. They say we need someone to protect us here at home.

    November 2, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Bob, Seattle, WA

    President Bush will be remembered in history as one who almost single handedly 'stood up' to the formost threat to mankind in this time. We need more that will continue in this fashion as opposed to spineless whimpering that truly puts our nation, and indeed – mankind, in grave peril.

    November 2, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Chris Haynes, Winston-Salem, NC

    Mr. President,
    Where is Osama bin Laden?

    November 2, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Chris W., Richmond, Virginia

    You're right, Mr. President. Don't listen to the American people. It doesnt matter what we want. Shame on all of us for trying to tell this government of us, for us, by us what we should think. Shame on us, indeed. Thank you very much, Mr. President. You are a fine example why this system needs to change.

    November 2, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Bob, Seattlle

    George will be remmbered as the President when 9-11 occured. He shall be rembered as a reactionary cowboy, who was handed world opinion on a plater and managed to turn absolute world support into total distain.

    He sahll be remmbered for his absolute disregard of law and his mishandleing of what should have been (as unnessary as it was) fast and decisive victory over Iraq and the removal of Saddam, the entire action to include reconstruction should have envolved our forces on the ground from start to finish in less than 18 months. He shall be remmbered as swearing to the American public that bin Laden woulf be hunted dwon dead or alive and leaving office with bin Laden still evading capture very much alive. He shall be remmbered as the guy who was handed a surplus and nation owing 5.9 Trillion dollars, leaving office with no surplus and the nation owing 10 Trillion dollars. He shall be remmbered as the guy that laughed at California when they asked for help because of the manipulation of the energy market, saying that his good friends at Enron proclaimed it the free market economy working. He shall be remmbered as the guy that entered office with gasoline at 41.25/ GAL and left office with $4.00/ Gal gasoline. He shall be remmbered as the guy that started office with a great American City named New Oreleans, enough said.

    Yes George shall be remmbered.

    November 2, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Bob, San Francisco, CA



    Aside from the annoying use of all caps, it is disheartening to know that there are millions in this county like ol' Phill in Grand Isle. Democrats aren't dummys, Phill, they are just a little more level-headed when it comes to national and world issues. Yes, we all want to protect America from terrorism and other threats, but bombing and invading countries in a quest to control their oil is not exactly the best route to take. It actually creates more terrorism and hatred to the US.


    Sorry to pick on you personally to make a point for all Bush defenders.

    November 2, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. christian, selden, ny

    coming from a president that ignored the first osama bin laden report stating OSAMA BIN LADEN DETERMINE TO STRIKE AMERICAN TARGETS before 9/ he has the nerve to talk down to congress!?!? this man is not humble at all and he has a complete disregard for the people of this country and the due process it was built on!!!!

    November 2, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Steve, Sumter SC

    Jim in Topeka,

    Why where the "W's" missing from the keyboards? Who do you think took them? Do you honesty believe 9-11 was only planned after Pres Bush entered the White House? When these guys wanted to learn how to fly but not takeoff and land, who was in office and where was the intel then? Was Bin Laden not offered to Clinton? How did so many Dems get "duped" into voting for the war? There is enough blame for both parties. While I am grateful for the opportunity for all of us to disagee and disent, your arguments are weak!

    November 2, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. christian, selden, ny

    Jay, Kenosha, WI

    hey jay did you know that all the people that were tortured at ABU GHARIB and humiliated were INNOCENT!??! do you realize that middle eastern and arab people are actually PEOPLE!!!! yes they really are!! they love there children they love there families they do good deeds. its as if they judged us on these idiots that protested at that soldiers funeral because the US MILITARY allow gays in the army and they protested saying god was punishing america by killing its soldiers!!!! those people are absolutely crazy!! so are the suicide bombers so are the religious radicals. and you know what we are creating more and more crazy people out there by imprisoning and torture there families and killing them "by accident" research before you blatently say americans arent safe.....and start thinking about people instead of countries....

    November 2, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Jill, Atlanta, GA

    Here is what President Bush said about bin Laden on March 13th, 2002:

    ‘I truly am not that concerned about him’ ... ‘Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he’s alive at all’

    It's unfortunate that he didn't take his own advice 5 years ago. Or 4 years ago. Or 3 years ago. Or 2 years ago. Or last year. Do you suppose he'll take it now?

    November 2, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. christian, selden, ny

    Steve, Sumter SC :

    steve do your research and look at what bioll clinton actually tried to do to get bin laden before he left office and what he left the bush administration to do about the problem that they didnt how about you do a little research on that and i think your faith might just be restored in bill clinton.. heres the link if you need it

    November 2, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Don't get me wrong, I detest Bush. My point was that in no way, shape or form can he cancel, postpone or otherwise prevent the elections from taking place next November. Anyone that believes that probably wears a tinfoil hat at night.

    BTW, that A in high school translated to a 3.76 in History/Poli Sci.

    As far as Boulder goes, I had a blast when I visited there a few years ago. It is still a hotbed of far left liberalism, does the name Ward Churchill sound familiar, merely an obseration.

    November 2, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. mark wilkes barre pa

    Bush's strong words againts the ORG. idiots and for his attorney general was right in line with and for all the progress we HAVE made in our efforts in Afganestan and Iraq. AS we did after DEC 7, 1941 when we were viciously attacked in Pearl harbor, OUR president did what any great president would do ( with the least bit of guts ) When attacked on your own soil. President Bush has kept our great city's and subarbs from being attacked again by taking the fight to our enamies. any thing short of that would be uneceptable !! All accounts of lately show much progress in the war fronts. It's the political side that needs help. theres an old saying " YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CANT MAKE HIM DRINK TILL HE IS READY " The people we are talking about have been treated in ways so horrible and tourcherously different than anything we as americans could even concieve for over 30 years under saddam and hundreds of years before that. SHAME ON those who think that we or the Iraqi people should be able to work out there differences and move on with a new and SO new way of life FREEDOM did not happen over nite for the USA either OUR founding fathers hashed and rehashed our constitution for many years with melt downs full fledge braws in fighting out fighting everything you could imagine. Iraq's legacy will be decided by IRAQ, How great the forsight of our founding fathers to record all of this so OUR president could give this gift of freedom to the Iraq people by helping to stablize there country while they work out the problems they have. As far as Bin Laden goes He has been in hiding for over 6 years 6 YEARS he hasn't seen his own freedom,, he is living an existance of looking over his shoulder or up to the skies for bombs instead of his god, what worse of a fate could he endour in one of OUR court rooms GOD BLESS AMERICA

    November 2, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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