May 15th, 2008
04:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden calls Bush comments 'bulls**t'

Biden had some strong words for the president.
Biden had some strong words for the president.

(CNN) - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden, D-Delaware, called President Bush’s comments accusing Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats of wanting to appease terrorists "bulls**t” and said if the president disagrees so strongly with the idea of talking to Iran then he needs to fire his secretaries of State and Defense, both of whom Biden said have pushed to sit down with the Iranians.

“This is bullshit. This is malarkey. This is outrageous. Outrageous for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, sit in the Knesset…and make this kind of ridiculous statement,” Biden said angrily in a brief interview just off the Senate floor.

“He’s the guy who’s weakened us. He’s the guy that’s increased the number of terrorists in the world. His policies have produced this vulnerability the United States has. His intelligence community pointed that out not me. The NIE has pointed that out and what are you talking about, is he going to fire Condi Rice? Condi Rice has talked about the need to sit down. So his first two appeasers are Rice and Gates. I hope he comes home and does something.”

He quoted Gates saying Wednesday that we “need to figure out a way to develop some leverage and then sit down and talk with them.”


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soundoff (1,221 Responses)
  1. YOLA

    Biden is being kind! I have a stronger word for this!

    May 15, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. An American

    Thank you Joe Biden for standing up!

    May 15, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Peggy

    Biden would complement Obama well as a VP. Obama/Biden 2008!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Margeaux

    I wonder if Obama will sit and listen to the terrorists in the same way he listened to his minister?

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. A CANUCK

    I think Bush should just ....sit and contemplate his navel......until his term expires !!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Want Hate in 08' Vote Obama!

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    If you don't like McCain and can't stand Obama, write Hillary on your ballot in November.

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Brian, RI

    Let him have it!

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Jo from Lisbon, Portugal

    Is this what a President should do?
    Make campaign overseas and bad mouthing fellow Americans.
    WHAT HAPPENS AT HOME SHOULD STAY AT HOME.
    Shame on you Mr. President.

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Tired of W, OH

    Tell it like it is Biden! LOL!

    May 15, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Easy to say when you're an armchair quarterback...and a nut.

    Clearly, we need a third option.
    Bob Barr...common sense, based on the constitution and bill of rights–not social/economic special interests–for real.

    Bob Barr, Libertarian, 2008...

    Let's muzzle Biden and others–vote out all incumbents and start fresh!!

    May 15, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Mike in Columbus

    Go Biden,

    Too bad this guy didn't make it further. But he speaks to plainly to be elected. We Americans like stuff watered down, and sugar-coated...

    May 15, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Justin (ny)

    Wow, i'm sure he'll get panned for his use of profanity, but honestly this sort of anger is wholly understandable after the fear tactics Bush used in his speech. This as as honest a response to Bush's recent despicable comments as you'll find.

    Amen Mr. Biden!

    May 15, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    By the way...Mr. Biden...

    With the exception of Iraq....terrorist attacks world wide have been down for over 5 years.

    May 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Diane Boyd

    Way to go Joe! I am so proud of you for speaking out the truth. We need more like you who are willing to speak out.

    May 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Tyler

    The republicans sure know how to use BS to put fear in the minds of people. Hopefully no one is that dumb this time.

    May 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I always liked that Joe Biden LOL

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Peggy Greensboro NC

    God Bless Joe Biden! I would have welcomed him as President and I would welcome him as a VP candidate

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Jan Boca Raton, Fl

    I LOVE BIDEN... HE WOULD HAVE MADE A GREAT PRESIDENT.

    or V.P..

    WHAT A DREAM TICKET HILLARY & BIDEN

    OH, WELL TOO LATE FOR THAT>

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Charlie

    Good Job Biden call him out, if anything bush should fire himself.

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. D

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. pablo rachi

    way to go Biden, you rock

    May 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Right or wrong, you'd think the chair of the senate foreign relations committee would have phrased his response more eloquently and appropriately.

    I'm unhappy with Sen. Biden over his wording, not his response.

    May 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Dem

    Yes Yes Yes

    It is time for Democrats to stand up and attack the Republicans. The Republican party having failed in all aspects are now using the fear mongering tactics to scare voters.

    The democrats must not only fight back but learn how to fire punches if they have to win. Remember what happened to John Kerry?

    Dems wake up and lets start the fight.

    Thank you Joe Biden for your harsh words.

    May 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Independent for Obama

    Couldn't have said it better myself, Biden.

    May 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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