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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  1. Anonymous

    Go Joe, tell him how it really is

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

    Give 'em hell, Joe!

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Marc

    Obama/Biden '08!

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. al

    Biden would make a pretty good V.P. He speaks his mind and it comes from the heart.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Barrington of Cambridge

    Bush is not a very bright man. As mean as this may sound, it is also true.

    It has often been said that we humans go from on extreme to the next extreme. From the worst president in modern day history to the best the president in modern day history.

    In other words, from Bush to Obama.

    Can you hear it? ... It's the return of the United States of America.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. nic, bellingham wa

    Sick 'em Joe!

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Will McCorkle

    I couldn't agree more. How can a president with such a failed foreign policy possibly criticize the fresh ideas of actually working diplomatically with our enemies instead of starting unwinnable wars. This just shows how bush is so out of touch with the reality of terrorism in the world

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. NO OBAMA

    and the shots against Obama start coming!! His inexperience is a real problem!!

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Biden

    He's always amusing.

    I'm not saying I disagree or agree. But you can always go to Biden for a sound bite.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Ryan from Ohio

    This man is my hero.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. HH

    DOWN WITH BUSH DOWN WITH MCCAIN.

    2 COWARD AMERICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Pete

    about time someone called Bush on this. Well done, Joe, and great choice of words. Next January's inauguration cannot come soon enough.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Joe (another one)

    Joe Biden's great. Maybe he could be VP under Obama. That'd be a pretty awesome ticket.

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

    go Joe. Taking Foreign Policy advice from George Bush is like taking reproductive health lessons from Britney Spears' sister.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    GO JOE!!!!!!!!!

    Love it!

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Jack

    Good for Biden. I'm not a Bush-hater at all, and this is strong language to be sure, but it's long overdue that someone calls BS.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Tina

    YES Biden say it again and don't apologize. You hit the nail on the head....He started this angry sentiment the world has for us. He started a war with NO JUST CAUSE...YES YES YES

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Veronica McNamara

    George Bush wouldn't recognize the truth if it were given to him intravenously. Biden is right on!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Girish Kumthekar

    Relax senator - BTW by the same token, no reason to use this kind of language in THIS country .. as white house spokesman said " I understand when you're running for office you sometimes think the world revolves around you. "

    We have all seen what appeasement has brought.....

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Kevin in Arkansas

    As much as I love Biden's unhinged (and perfectly appropriate) reaction, how about Obama's measured, civil, and equally accurate response? Can't help but notice the conspicuous absence of the statement from the Democratic FRONTRUNNER!

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. jmb

    It's about time someone called Bush out on this....way to go Joe!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. fatso

    bush never even said that biden you are an idiot

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Ben, MD

    This is how people should talk to McBush!

    Thank you senator, thank you.

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Debbie Hall

    Thank you, Joe Biden!! Please keep talking!

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Joe Biden for Secretary of Defense

    May 15, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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