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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soundoff (1,221 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Right on!

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Good job Joe!! Call the phony Bush administraiton on this crap!!! More fearmongering from the worst President in history!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. From Canada

    bulls**t is right!

    FYI, CNN.
    re: 'Calif. same-sex marriage ban struck down' story...

    On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the approval of the Civil Marriage Act. Not just BC, Ontario and Quebec.

    Please get you facts straight.

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. MCD, SF, CA

    Biden is ABSOLUTELY correct... everything Bush has done so far has made terrorists matters worse!

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. George

    Good for Biden. It is about time the Democrats came out with some strong language against this insanity.

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. JB

    Biden is right. Bush has taken us down a dark, deadly road. He has lessened our strength. He has made us a mockery in the world. McCain will lead us farther down this road and it could lead to our destruction. There is no "appeasement". It's just makes good strategic sense.

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. melville

    Good for you Joe...that's the kind of backbone I've been wanting to see from Democrats for the last 7 years

    Now if you will just not turn around and apologize for the remark tomorrow...I'll be happy

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Evan, CT

    Good for you, Senator Biden! It's about time someone got pissed off. He just said what we were all thinking. Probably not a good idea to cuss, but if that's what gets the message across – that conservative foreign policy is the reason we're in such a mess right now, and Bush and the G.O.P. are hypocrites and liars for trying to pin it on liberals – then so be it. Once again, Good for you, Joe.

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. LF

    Negotiations are the more civilized sensible thing to do. We do not need another military engagement at this time. It is possible to make desired progress with patience. TALK! TALK! TALK! now and it may surprise all what can be achieved.

    May 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. TJ

    Wow! I couldn't have said it better myself!

    May 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. All American

    I do think that sitting down and talking to leaders of other countries would be the wise thing to do. If you went to the table with carrots and sticks as Hillary said. ( such as Iran)

    But I am against sitting down with People like Hamas. He would never make an agreement that he intended to keep. People like him only have hate and destruction on thier mind. You would have to be a fool to trust them. Did the terrorist talk to us before 9-11 ? They had no reason to attack us like that. (that was before Iraq remember?) These people would see that as an act of weekness or fear. They know where the United states stands, let them make the first move. Then we would be in a better position to set the ground rules.

    May 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. JDG

    Typical statement by a Democrat. Biden has his head so far up the posterior of the left that he's beginning to see images of Hillary and Obama.

    May 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. A.M. Saqib

    Senator Joe Biden; no one could say in better ways than you.

    The "Republicans" do not have the monoply on virtue.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Charles L. Wilson

    My initial reaction when I heard the President's comments this morning was one of disgust. When is he going to learn to keep his trap shut concerning things that take place at home. Why would he air our laundry in a foreign country anyway? Hasn't he learned "anything" these past eight years?

    May 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. delk

    Biden-Reed baoth are the same wacko's

    May 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. David D Kollie

    Biden the man. Bush wants to campaign for McCain but he does not know where to start. If he starts in the United States, the American people will boo him. He decided campaigning in foriegn country instead. Those people will probably vote McCain in the White House. LOL

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Nick D

    hahahahhaha they didn't sensor the second bull***t!

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Beth in NH

    Thanks to Biden for speaking out about this outrage.

    I'd like to see Biden for VP.

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. brad

    love it. now that is the attitude I want to hear.

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. james f.

    We don't have any business talking to Iran other than to draw a line in the sand of what we will allow and what we wont. There is nothing to talk about. They want western civilization to be wiped off the map. The radical Islam leaders actually believe that God wants us all dead. So just what does Joe, one the far left, plan to do? Is he going to go over there and quote bible scriptures to them? Maybe they can all sit around a camp fire and sing "If I had a hammer". These guys are bad news and have no interest at all in doing anything constructive with us.

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Pamela, Sacramento

    Way to go Biden!!!! This arrogant and ignorant President is the main reason the United States is in the state we're in now. No love lost here to see he and his croanies go. His days are numbered...

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. PDM

    It may not be 'Politically Correct', but perhaps America needs a bit more of Joe Biden's brand of direct response to the garbage that our peace-seeking-war-mongerer of a President keeps spewing.

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. David

    Well said, Joe.

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. DEBBI

    This is how we UNITE the DEMOCRATs .. Now we all REMEMBER why we MUST WIN back the WHITE HOUSE ....
    Hillary and Barack supporters need to PUT DOWN THE SABERS STOP FIGHTING EACH OTHER and remember WHY we are ALL DEMOCRATS ...
    And UNITE OUR PARTY .....

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. G

    This is new? Most of what comes out of W's mouth smells like manure. I'm surprised it took this long for it to be appropriately characterized in public. BTW, no need to censor it at this point. Biden's comment was much more subdued than what I hear from the general public....

    May 15, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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