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. W.

    Biden is 100% on point.

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Jon

    Shut up, Biden. No one cares about you.

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Tim from Eugene OR.

    Biden for VP
    Glad to hear someone say that word out loud in regards to Bush, it was long overdue. The most powerfull nation on earth has been reduced to a scared society because of him and his cronies. I think when you have the courage to sit down face to face with your enemies as opposed to name calling on TV from half way around the world you stand a better chance of scaring the heck out of them if you are coming from a position of power.

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Steve, Seattl

    right on, Joe....wish more senators would call it as it is instead of dancing around the political rhetoric of it all.

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Santosh

    "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."

    -The President wasn't referring to Iran with that statement. He was talking about Hamas. There's a difference.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Wes

    Finally, someone calls it for what it is. Good for you Joe Biden.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Barry Noar

    God bless Joe Biden, for he tells it the way it is!

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Logic Man

    The President finds fault in situations that only benefit him and his party. It's ok if Condi or Gates says that. Republican foreign policy is seemingly pure idiocy for the most part. When has not speaking to enemies or people you disagree with ever solved a problem? It's just like when family members don't speak for twenty years over some silly family dispute. They go on with their lives, but the problem remains and they never speak. But take a family that decides the sit the rivaling family members down to talk. They often resolve the dispute instead of continuing to waste time not speaking to one another. Resolving issues involves communication on any level. But if you are a thick headed globalist or neo-con then it's either their way or no way. That's unfortunate and unacceptable. Obama in '08.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Obama is a no win for dems

    I can't believe the day would come when I would agree with Bush. I disagree with Bush on just about every pssible thing, except this. I totally agree that Senator Obama is the wrong person to handle terrorism in this country. He has a terrorist that he calls friend. One of the people resposible for the start of Obama's political career in Illinois, an admitted, proud terrorist. Since he seems to have no problem with that, I would look to see the Iranian prime minister, Hommas, and even Bin Laden himself invited to the white house to have a nice little sit down with Obama. None of this would suprise me. Senator Obama is the worse possible candidate to combat terrorism.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Bush inherited the fallout of his predecessor, Bill Clinton's, soft approach on terrorism. For Senator Biden to say that it is the current President's fault is the pot calling the kettle black!

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Bukky

    as an Obama supporter i urge Dubya to KEEP speaking. Speak loud and clear, yell your stupidity from the rooftops.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Rita

    This is an outrageous statement from the President of the United States. This can not be brushed aside. He is involving the world into our political system. Clearly it is an attack on Obama! I would like to see more of our elected officials come out and condemn the Presidents remarks. We will never bring about world peace unless communication between those with views who differ from ours is immplemented.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Phil From VA

    Here we go again. Bush and his scare tactics. How dare you use this occasion on foreign soil to launch attacks? Get out of our white house and stay in Texas. BS.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Dal CA Republican

    Hey Bush just does not know what he is saying. Keep this up Mr. President we need you to keep poking this sort of remarks at the democrats. You are the #1 Mis Speaker. With your remarks we will have Mr OBAMA in the whitehouse soon.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Willam from Texas

    What do expect from Bush, rationality? He hasn't displayed any in the 7+ years he has been in office. I wouldn't expect him to be rational in the last months of his presidency.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Steve, Hartford, CT

    Hear, hear!

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Roger in EP

    Bush was referring to Neville Chamberlain in WW2. If Biden believes the problem of appeasement can be applied to Obama, maybe he should tell Obama to take a harder line with terrorists.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Susie

    And it IS "bulls**t!" First Olbermann yesterday, now Biden today...... May these news items travel far and wide.

    PEACE.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. David

    Finally someone in Washington told Bush what he needs to be told!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Evan

    Tell 'em Joe! Seriously, if more people stood up to the ridiculousness we would be much better off. Truly, Condi, Gates, Patraeus, Powell... all good people. If they had only had the balls to stand up to the few, the weak, the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush mockery of the Constitution, the world and peace and reason in general, we might not have gotten in to this mess to begin with.

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Terry

    Good OL' Joe. What a stupid comment to make about a sitting president. It is no wonder that he'll never be a serious contender for president himself. It is his party that caused 9/11. When we have a weak president like Clinton or the rest of the Dems (bunch of sissy's) who are afraid to confront our enemies, we are sitting ducks. The Dems are the ones who make us look weak in the world. Their weakness caused 9/11.

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. john

    I agree with biden . Bush and the republicans have mess this country up for all the time bush have been president.

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Hardy Takhar

    it appears the inmates are revolting against the warden. Now isn't that a surprize

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Oh God We Need Democrats In Office!!

    Look, you have to speak with your enemies, it only makes sense. If you dont talk to them even just to let them hear you say hello America can get a sense of what these organizations are about. Its alot better than being bombed and wondering What and Why?

    Also Hamas is an elected governemnt official so we want the middle east to have democracy and they voted terroist. Whats the difference we voted Stupid and Flat Out Retarded with no care for this nation twice!!! We need a change America please be smart Harvard smart and vote Obama In 08

    Yes We Can

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Shakur

    This my friends is why we are seen as fools in the eyes of the world because we have gone along with this crap from President Bush for almost eight years. I cannot wait until this guy gets out of Washiington and goes back to Crawford and think about all the damage and lives he has cost sense he's been in office.

    And we'd be even more stupid to accept another four years of Bush (through McCain) who would keep in place the policies that has torn this country into shreds! I agree with you 100% Biden! We need someone like you who has common sense and expertise dealing with foreign policy matters because neither Bush nor McSane gets it!

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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