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. proud black american woman

    That's right draw the lines between more republican noise and democratic integrity. The republicans should be in good shape with all that "spinning" they do.

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. John

    Like Herbert Hoover, Bush's tank is running on empty. He's got no solutions for the economy, for the environment, for foreign conflicts, for health care, for social security, and for the future. He's a disaster. McCain isn't any improvement. Obama: visionary, thinker, leader.

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Yolanda/S.A. Texas

    And really, were you surprised?

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Daniel Tortora

    Way to go, Joe. This is the guy who SHOULD be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. matthew

    I see nothing wrong with this statement, in fact i believe he is 100% correct.

    ::starts slow clap::

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. PL

    bout time someone stood and called it like it is....

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Mike Kaplan

    Thank you, Joe BIden. "BS" is actually a kinder word than I would use.

    If Bush had any sense of shame, any awareness or responsibility for the terrible mess that he has driven us into with his ignorance and stupidity, he would beg forgiveness from the American people and resign, instead of standing there pretending to be a person with any wisdom on world affairs and history. NO one with any sense would take George Bush's opinions seriously at this point.

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. SAULS

    Vulgar comments from another ignorant political democrat who has no idea how to do anything except bash Bush.

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Dean from CT

    Bravo for some Aggressiveness and reality from the left! People should be outraged that the American President insulted his own government from the knesset (Israeli congress)! We were attacked under a republican adminstration, not a democratic last I checked.
    I love Joe Biden, not his choice of words, but he is right on the money. Finally, this majority is starting to pay off!

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Don - Illinois

    Joe Biden for VP!

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Jen

    Thank you Senator Biden for telling it like it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama 08!

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. niki sanchez

    Bravo Senator Biden. Who takes anything the President says these days seriously?

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Andrew (Toronto, Ontario)

    Obama should select Joe Biden as his running mate. They would make such a powerful combination in the White House. This is your ticket to real change and the restoration of America's image in the international community.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Shocked

    I can't believe you guys at CNN actually posted Sen. Biden's quote in its entirety. "Tell it like it is" i guess...

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Tom

    Joe Biden for VP!

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    Senator Biden should not be so hard on President Bush. He needs to understand that President Bush is doing the best he can given the limited amout of time he has been in office. The Senator should understand that the President should not be held responsible as he does not know what he is doing. He has limited experience (8 years) and ever further limited abilities. He has not even mastered the art of telling a joke yet. Give him time. He will come around by January of 2009. WOW I cannot even fool myself.

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Natalie

    Lol! Now that's what I'm talking about! Let him have it! This guy's got some fire...I like, I really like!

    Democrat '08
    (Obama/Biden '08)

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Robert L. Fike, Jr.

    I,m a lifelong Republican but I applaud what Joe Biden had to say. I don't want to moderate anything I said. If you don't want to accept it, then I guess you are just Bush supporters. Thanks for having the guts to speak up Joe! A patriot must stand ready to protect his country from his government!

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. CommonSense

    Joe Biden is a weak, ineffective ankle biter. What we need are leaders, not complainers. This moron does not even understand what leverage means. The only leverage that matters in negotiations are economics or force. To think otherwise is naive and stupid. It's hard to believe, but there are some that think just talking will solve problems. It won't. Sorry. Welcome to world politics 101.

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. MC- Atlanta,GA

    Gotta Love Biden!

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. big daddy from california

    this is another case of open mouth insert horse hoof .... cowboy diplomacy

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Josh

    Nice work, Senator. They haven't developed enough 4 letter, nasty, terrible adjectives to describe this administration, but the one you used seems pretty accurate in summing up the last 8 years.

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Bob A.

    Biden for Secretary of State - gotta love him!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Washington girl

    I love it...way to go Biden

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Raihan Islam, PA

    That's exactly what needed to be said. I commend Senator Biden for getting right to the point.

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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