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. wd in calgary

    I just wish you all had the balls to impeach Bush.

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Peter Haskett

    Joe, we hardly knew ye. This story ought to go straight into the scrapbook of press clippings in the GWB presidential library. But it probably won't.

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. bob in L.A.

    HE WAS ALWAYS MY FIRST CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT- ITS TOO BAD MORE POEPLE DIDN'T KNOW HOW GOOD BIDEN IS!
    GET 'EM JOE!

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Jay from the west

    I love Joe Biden, hes as tough as nails.

    Obama/bidden 08 Now thats true American Stars and stripes.

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. John

    Shuld have nominated him. Why is hind-sight always 20/20?

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Matt

    Biden is the best senator in congress right now. I wish he were Obama's VP.

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Shawn

    Yep. Outrageous is the word. Get this clown W out of office ASAP

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. JROD

    this is beneath the dignity of the office.

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. cupklvr71

    Go Joe! Keep it real!

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

    Bush needs to come back here and go back to playing golf–but no talking. This is more offensive.

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. mitchell from arkansaw

    i think bushes ratings just dropped a few more points.

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Carl J.R. III

    Gates: "need to figure out a way to develop some leverage and then sit down and talk with them."

    How can one come to peaceful terms when one is looking for "leverage" before coming to discussions? True negotiations aren't fairly settled with one man holding the gun and the other wearing a blindfold.

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Akinola

    Tell him Joe!

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. lynn

    Thank you Senator Biden!

    The straight talk we need, bye, bye republicons!

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Jemma from VA

    I am really disappointed at CNN for interrupting Barack Obama's speech after John Edwards' endorsement so that they can air Lou Dobbs' segment. Shouldn't you be covering the election?

    Frankly, I am sick of Lou Dobbs' and his bias opinions. He is rude to his guests and all he wants is to hear himself talk. Why bother having a panel when he keeps on interrupting them.

    Let them talk!

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. AIB

    Bush is the most stupid president in mondern times. This guy has a problem. He really help

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. HillarySkank on myspace

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Joe, way to call it! I know you wouldn't consider a VP slot with Hillary, but since that isn't going to happen, my hope is that you would be on Sen Obama's short list for VP in his administration. You've served this country well, thanks!

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Andy B

    Joe Joe Joe What'd did you expect for Bush to say? Something with even the tiniest thread of intelligence. After 7 years of his ineptitude you should know better. He's been full of it since day one.

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Chuck

    What Bush has said not only crosses the line and beneath the Office of the Presidency of the United State of America but also un-american in its reflection on the democratic candidates who are running for the same office. Bush has shown himself, again, to be a total idiot and will go down in history as unfit for the office he currently holds. January 2009 cannot come fast enough send this imbecile back to Texas where he belongs.

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Lawrence in Denver

    Fire Gates & Rice? G DUBYA doesn't care. He is a dang DICTATOR!

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Tom

    Bush is a joke. No wonder the guy is the worse rated President ever! Jan. cant come fast enough.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Wake Forest

    You tell 'em Biden!

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Chelsea

    It's unbelievable how a nation like the US allowed itself to be ruled by Bush. God bless America!

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Tim MN.

    LOL! nice bipartisanship boys!

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Justin Athens Ohio

    Thanks You Sen. Biden. If Barack was in the situation to speak out this strongly he would. We should all understand that this was an attack on every liberal. The Bushmaster is questioning our morals that make us Democrats. Vote DEMOCRAT 08'.... OBAMA 08'

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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