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. Ken

    You could have titled this post "Why Ken Loves Joe Biden" (although I imagine that would have appealed to a much smaller audience). Say what you will about him, you can't say he's afraid to call it as he sees it. In this case, he has called it correctly.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Andy in ATL

    Sounds like the Dems doth protest too much...

    Obviously, the criticism strikes too close to home for their comfort.

    The President was obviously way out of line to articulate the stated position of the Democratic Party in general, and Senator Obama in specific (July 2007 debate).

    Let me guess...

    If you point out Senator Obama's position on issues, you're a racist, right?

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Diann, Richton Park, IL

    Thank you Joe Biden, you speak the truth!

    I have a few choice words for Bush, but CNN won't post them.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. enomisa

    Really?
    What democrat, independent or republican wants to be a part of the cheating, hating, lying, vulgar Obama team?

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Jack in Manhattan Beach

    Joe Biden...you're the greatest! You call it like it is. We f**ing love you! Bush is an idiot. Fact finding is hardly what you'd call appeasement...unless you're a paranoid ill-informed arrogant airhead like Bush.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. TiffIn in Ohio

    Yes, Yes, Yes!! It's time someone called George Bush on his continued dumb, divisive and idiotic statements. We need to hear John McCain reject and denounce his President. George Bush needs a great senate beat down on this one.

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Rick DC

    I strongly agree with Senator Biden . You are "Right on Point". Its about time somesone stood up and challenged Mr. Bush on his ridiculous comments. He is totally out of touch with the world!

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Jay

    Amen!

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Wayne Pigeon, Sterling Heights, MI

    I couldn't agree more. Joe Biden knows from where he speaks.
    George Bush's understanding of foreign policy is on par with most Americans' understanding of the psychotic mind.
    How many decades will it take to repair the damage he's done to the planet's perception of the U.S.?

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Patricia

    100% CORRECT!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. mike

    I AM SO SICK OF YOU DEMS. MAKING GAS PRICES GO UP IN AMERICA BY NOT LETTING COMPANIES DRILL FOR OIL. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OFTHE ENVIRONMENTALIST PANTS AND HELP THE WORKING MAN SURVIVE. CANNOT WAIT FOR THE PUBLIC TO TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO TAKE BACK AMERICA. GET A GRIP ON WHAT WE WANT AND NOT WHAT YOU WANT. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE AND NOT THE MONEY. DO YOUR JOB FOR THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED YOU IN.

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. sprkl12000

    I LOVE IT...Finally someone called Bush out for his fear tactics and cheap shots!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. 1ofDa10th

    Joe Biden speaks the truth! He is a no nonsense kinda guy. This is yet another political game that Bush and the Republicans are playing, but he's using the wrong platform to do it from.

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. free thinkers

    I don't listen to Bush and I don't listen to the drooling pro-Obama media either.

    I didn't vote for Bush -Twice.

    I won't vote for Obama.

    Hillary is the only one suited for the job.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    I couldn't have said it better myself!

    Bush should be impeached..........................NOW!

    What a pathetic excuse for a human being!

    January 2009 can't come soon enough!

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

    It's about time our senators start straight talking. Thank you Biden for taking the gloves off. We have a lame duck President who still manages to keep stepping in it. I appreciate you calling him on his crap and calling it like it is. If all our leaders stopped politicking and started pointing out the inconsistencies, we might start changing America back – to a strong country that truly provides leadership and (dare I say) vision to the rest of the world.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Greg

    Nice to see you can be a complete loon and still successful in life

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Nikolas

    Awesome. I wish more Senators would just say what they're thinking. Awesome. New respect for Biden.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. don't worry, be happy

    Don't worry, the voters will tell Obama, "hold on sweetie" as we write in Hillary Clinton.

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

    Bush is a moron. How did this nitwit get to become the president of the most powerful country in the world? Look at the American economy, the iraqi war, the mortgage melt down and the alarming rate at which terrorists are multiplying all over the world? And he still has the courage to fuel the fires he caused? Unbelievable!

    May 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Deb

    Could not have said it better. Way to go Vice President Biden.

    May 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Fred

    Awesome. Go Biden.

    May 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Natalie

    We're all adults here. Why not print what he said. It's totally appropriate.

    May 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Jim

    The President can say what he wants, when he wants, so long as he's not playing golf.
    Good Lord when's his last day?

    May 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Heather

    You go Joe! It's about time someone in a leadership position had the backbone to really say how badly Bush has screwed everything up and to call him out for being the liar that he is. To paint the Dems as the ones who have caused the problem here is the biggest joke ever.

    Joe Biden for Secretary of State in the Obama Administration!

    May 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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