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. todd

    This is why people rejected Biden as a candidate, he's a hot-head without the sense to think before he speaks. I remember another incident where a questioner confronted him with an inconvenient fact, where-upon he exploded told the guy "look, I'm a lot smarter than you!" Wasn't he also accused of plagiarism at Syracuse University?

    May 15, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. joe mourad

    George Bush is a failure by every single measure,he fooled me and the whole nation and the world.

    May 15, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Bill, Cool Springs

    Fuss all you want, but even Bush knows Barry isn't commander and cheif material. All the supers must know this and yet they won't give us the leader we need which is Hillary. She has the knowledge to do the job, yet they are gonna make us pick between McCain and Barry? Guess what, you'll be surprised how many will go for McCain.

    May 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Orson

    It 's about time someone call out this President. Its 7 years too late but appreciated all the same.
    This macho talk about not talking to certain people, not making deals with certain people and then there was North Korea.

    May 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Tom C. Illinois

    Right on Mr. Biden. McCain is of the same attitude. We will attack and beat you to a pulp, then we can negotiate on our terms. It is not appeasement, it is alternative solution finding. There is more than one way to beat the bad guys. It takes a man's man to find it.

    May 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Biden for VP. Time for democrats to stop appeasing the republicans with timid responses to failed policies that are allowing other countries to get the better of us. Obama is right on this and its one reason he got early support. Ignore the silly distractions and get some serious foreign and economic policies mapped out for our country. Biden sounds like the man for the job....Obama-Biden would be a great team!

    May 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Lynn Rizzo

    Way to go Senator Biden.

    Congratulations for speaking up for those of us who have these same feelings but no one to tell. We hold these thoughts of this administration in and depend upon someone like yourself to speak up for us. Thank you so much.

    Lynn Rizzo

    May 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Chris P

    I knew I liked this guy!! It was between Biden and Obama in the early stages of the race for me.

    May 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. David

    Nice to see that the political correctness is FINALLY going out the window. I am so sick and tired of hearing people in this country sugar coat things and spin them. Joe Biden's comments are only the start of a major revolution coming to this country, regardless of whether the right wing neo cons or the left wing nut jobs agree with it, those of us that do not fit into either category are sick to death of pulling punches. Kudos to you Joe Biden.

    May 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Kirk

    tell it like it is, Joe! Thank you!

    May 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. james Pa

    Bush need to shut hell up, he mess us up whole world hate America because what he did, his bully , policy, gas going up, everybody hate America .I’m African descent every used loves USA when Kennedy, carter, Reagan ,Clinton was president.

    May 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. John

    Senator Biden may have disagreed with President Bush, but his reaction demonstrates an even greater immaturity than his opponent. Senator Biden is hypocritical to accuse the president of infantile behavoir while acting in the same manner.

    May 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. NLC frm New York

    Unfortunetely Mr. Biden and all of america, that is what Obama is all about he also wants to sit down with then the discuss issues. If this is the case then OBAMA will BUSH #2. Hello people pls wake up and think this better, remember you get what you vote for.

    May 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. -Jim-

    I agree with Joe Bidden

    Bush is always confused

    May 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Divided we Fail

    These kinds of GOP tactics are only beginning- we cannot afford to bicker among ourselves while the Swift-boaters take notes and prepare for battle.

    America's greatest strength is our system of compromise. If your candidate didn't get the nomination- GET OVER IT and rally the party. Think the system is broke? Do something positive about it! Ranting divisive ultimatums here ain't gonna fix it.

    Celebrate what we have in common, champion your agenda, then accept compromise- it's what made this country great.

    May 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Bup

    Oh, hell yes.

    May 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. American Girl

    And people now see why our Nation Needs a president who is intelligent and can speak to people. Bush is ignorant and was teh worst president our nation has had. He lives in an altered world and I agree with Hillary... I can't wait to hear the >..BEEP>>>BEEP>>>BEEP of the moving vans.

    Democrats Unite... If McCain gets in office... look forward to more alienation in the world and more war!!!

    This Republican Leadership that has been established by Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfield must go.

    May 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Rick

    You tell'em Joe.

    May 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Bush is a foolish simpleton, he proves it again and again. His mendacity and scheming know no bounds. There is a reason he and his father have bought so much land in a nation which does not recognize any extradition treaties. You wonder why the Republicans are failing all over? They fail to see that they are led by evil men.

    May 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Steve

    Well said my man, well said.

    May 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. james Pa

    Bush… you're retarded idiot.

    May 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Moody

    Go Biden!!! Speak the truth and let him have it.

    May 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Griff

    Remember the Movie!!!! Seven day's in May...

    May 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Mike

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Tony..Ohio

    I agree...It's all BULLSH..!

    May 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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