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. ne, Pa.

    Thank you, Joe.
    My feelings exactly!

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Twinkle Toes Mulligan

    Glad to hear a poitician tell it like it is!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Gwen Adams

    George Bush has got to be the "Dumbest Person " in the world.

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Ed from PA

    Blunt honesty! Someone finally calling Bush out on his bulls%!$... we need more of this in politics – more honesty!

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Bill

    Couldn't agree more. If this is all the Republicans have to throw at us, I'll be looking for a landslide Democrat victory in November. This is beyond-old scare tactics that were never even scary to begin with. 8 months and counting...

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Josh

    Wow!!! Bravo Mr. Biden, well said!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Diane Jepsen

    You go, Joe. A truth-teller in Washington is sooo refreshing.

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. John from FL

    LOL! Joe is the man. My type of democrat

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Jeff, San Francisco, CA

    Very proud to see members of my party start standing up to President Bush's lies and political posturing. Karl Rove and the Republicans came into office hoping to install a 50-year Republican majority and yet they have paved the way for President Obama and his overwhelmingly Democratic congress. We will heal this nation.

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Steve ILL

    * "Bush has been living in a foolish delusion for the post 7 years"

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Good for you Joe! I wish more politicians would come down hard on Bush's BS. BTW U.S. Intelligence found no link between Iran and weapons in Iraq, but we know for a fact that Insurgents are getting help from Saudi Arabia. Why are we so against a country that has never attacked us and so friendly with a country that uses oil to squeez our economy and finance terrorsts?

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Bart Windrum

    Hallelujah for some straight talk from a politician. Kudos to Biden for speaking it.

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. foye joslin

    Thank God for the likes of Joe Biden who can speak the truth to power. Bush is a buffoon and I cringe every time he opens his mouth. Does he ever consider that a peaceful approach just might work miracles? He boo-hoo's the death of soldiers yet does not one thing to try a different approach to war. I'm sick of him.

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Mike

    Go Joe! Violence is the failure of diplomacy and the current administration proves that point on a daily basis.

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. John Hardina

    Now that is straight talk express!!!! Bush is SO pathetic, now I know why Republicans are running scared worried about the blood bath they will take in the fall elections.

    GO JOE!!!

    GO OBAMA 2008!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. john

    That's absolutely correct; in fact, new poll shows 71% americans do not want him to come back.

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. R1100RT

    Joe Biden for President.

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. pa voter

    wow, cnn. I know I am just one of the poor pa people, but if want to ask people to leave a comment, why don't you post them? Are you affraid the public will see how pa feels? How the Vets feel? Lets play fair.

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. piper

    stick him with a fork –this time HE IS done lol

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Richard

    The McBush Middle East Polcies are an orgasm of intellectual anarchy, gross deficiencies in judgment, and have made America less safe. I think it is time for Americans to loudly object to the anti-American policies inherent in the McBush dogma. Republicans came to power in 1994 using a shame and blame strategy acccompanied by good old racism. After years of their own shame being in the news there is little room to try to shame Democrats without appearing like hypocrites. So now they try to put fear into people. Apparently they do not trust the intellect of us plebians.

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Relevant

    As of the time of me writing this comment, you missed censoring the second iteration of the word bulls**t.

    If this was done intentionally, I applaud your willingness to report quotes accurately :)

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. 2012

    Uh, oh.......more potty mouth. Let's get him!!!!! Oh, wait, he's a liberal.......nevermind......it's ok.

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Sick and Tired

    That about sums it up!

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Brian, Dayton, OH

    Good lord...you are just reacting NOW to what the President says is bull? Nothing but that has been coming out of his mouth for almost seven years now.

    Where were you when statements like this could have prevented him from weakening us?

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. joel smith

    I've always liked Joe. In the beginning of the primary debates, I thought he stood a head above the others: it certainly would not have distressed me if he became the candidate. He's exactly right here. Call it what it is. Bush is the one who is delusional. Trouble is , there are poor fools out there who will believe Bush...even after all this crap. Biden is the guy with the straight talk. Give 'em hell, Joe!

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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