May 15th, 2008
04:07 PM ET
8 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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  1. Chris in St Louis

    Joe Biden.... Thank You for not being a politician and saying what all of us are thinking!!! The American Public should thank you!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Rod

    My sentiments exactly. Right on Joe! Someone should have said this long before now!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Ed

    hello from CANADA..

    Wow here is a guy that Obama should have on his team after he is president... he has hit the nail on the head... hope this will knock some sense into those people that are threatening to vote for McCain now that Hillary is going to lose...
    Even up here in Canada , the perception of Americans has gotten worse since Bush got in power...
    Hopefully once President Obama gets in power and gets your troops out of Iraq , we will be pulling our troops out of Afghanistan too .. We also have our version of George Bush up here as our Prime Minister but was elected with a minority government who can be ousted a lot sooner if a non confidence vote occurs rather than you guy having to wait for an election or as the other indiot and crook Nixon did was to resign.. or be impeached...
    Vote for Borak ..he will not only help your country but ours too...

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. JML

    Wow, he's pissed!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Kevin

    Does anyone actually pay any attention to what the Bush says anymore? It has been pretty much universally acknowledged that his presidency was an unmitigated failure. His time in the Oval Office is almost, thank God, over. If we are very, very lucky he'll campaign vigorously for McCain and remind everyone of what 4 more year of the same will be like. Other than that, he's seriously lame duck and largely irrelevant, though I suppose it would be dangerous to underestimate the amount of damage he could do with his remaining time; the man is a natural disaster.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Cleo

    Right on Joe!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Ralph Santillo

    Way to go Joe. BUsh has been nothing but Bull for 8 years.

    His foriegn policy is non existant. I can't wait for him to get out of office and go clip coupons somewhere.

    It will take years for this country to overcome the damage he and his inept administration has caused.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Oh,if only it been that Biden was the successful Democratic candidate for President! Republicans wouldn't even bother to run anybody against him. He has the clearest understanding of the problems we face and why. He would best at solving most of them, too.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Christopher

    I dont know that there could have been a much better way to express it. Thanks Sen Biden!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Dexter

    Good for you, Biden.

    F' that war criminal.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Mike Mc

    Joe Biden rules...haha! The man knows foreign policy better than anyone in Washington and backs his comments up with undisputable facts.
    I'd Love to see a Obama/Biden ticket but I'm not holding my breath.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. mark Kanegis

    Wow... I'm no Biden fan, but that was some good stuff. Nice going Joe.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Laura

    You go Joe Biden!! I sure hope you are considered for Obama's VP!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Mike

    Thank goodness for people lie Dodd. How outrageous for a lamduck president who has a following of 22% of the people thinks he speaks for the United States. Perhaps he wants another war. That fits the thinking of his brilliant 'kitchen cabinet.'


    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |

    I'm not surprised by Bush's comments. I hope all of the Clinton supporters that say they will vote for McBush see how the republicans are not working in the best interest of America.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Helene

    Bush is a WAR CRIMINAL who has the blood of 4077 American soldiers and thousands of Iraqis on his dirty hands. His latest comments are more than outrageous, they are beyond the pale. He should be tried by a war tribunal along with Milosevic and others. And hanged,

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Hughes

    Rock on, Joe! Dubya's playing the same old role he always plays when it's election time: blame it on the dems! Let's see if America will finally wake up. I think they just might.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Darn straight. Biden for VP!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Iana

    I am from the Caribbean watching all of this play out. I am disgusted by McCain's earlier comments and now Bush's comments implying that Obama is a terrorist ... and Democrats are looking to appease terrorists. (Then he sends his press secretary to say that is not the case and further insultd Obama by saying that he thinks the world revolves around him) who ARE these people?

    It is amazing to me what they will do and who they will try to drag through the mud to justify this war in Iraq.

    I am also very disappointed in the media , if Obama had called McCain a skin head, a nazi or a clan member there would have been an uproar. But as it is Obama is left to defend himself against these downright "silly" statements from silly, silly men.

    As we say here: They need to come better than this.

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. carol NC

    You go Biden. He is so correct with what he said. We have never been under such distess in this country until Bush stepped into office.

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Karen, TN

    Actually, I don't think Pres. Bush was talking about Sen. Obama with his comments. If he was talking about anyone in particular, I think it was probably Jimmy Carter.

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. JOHN

    Mr Biden, I salute your intelligence and straight talk. We need some one to tell us the way it is instead of bull$*** us all the time. Obama/Biden08

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. CP-Texas

    Way to go Biden. Enough with the PC, tell it like you hear it in your head. GW's policies have led absolutely no where. Has he even one foreign policy accomplishment?????? Can't wait for this idiot to be gone, WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Bob

    You go Joe!

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. fred

    What is he wanting out of Obama??? You can bet something...Dems will lose control of the House in November thanks to Obama. Because millions of us Dems will be voting for Hillary (write in) or McCain!!

    Howard Dean is a loser and has been since his Scream!!

    We the Democrats should be screaming that we want him removed as head of the DNC!!

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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