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. Diplomacy before Missiles

    talking ≠ giving in

    talking = giving respect to those who feel disenfranchised

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. TB

    Senator Biden is absolutely right. President Bush was way out of line here. Biden would be a great choice for Obama's VP. After all. Someone's gotta call BS when we see it.

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Ari

    Frankly, I am outraged too. one can look at any political science book and realize that preventing innocent lives through diplomacy is a much better way that fighting. come on, we are all human. we must have some common grounds. we all value family, we all value our lives. conversation has been and is the best way to resolve problems. I cannot wait till this president is out of office....

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Tyran

    These Republicans really fear Obama to urge the President to make a reckless statement like that. Bush and the Republicans are doing the only thing they know, to use fear for political gain. But America is not gonna buy it this time, or will we?

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Peter in St. Paul

    cnn's new biased stragtegy.
    don't post anything pro-obama.
    only post negative stuff.

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Scott Oswalt

    Finally somebody who echoes the sentiments of the majority of the American people. It's about time someone high up in politics started speaking like an American. We've been saying that for eight years!!

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    because they 'are' bulls**t.

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Shawn, Denver CO

    Too bad Biden didn't make it in the Democrat primaries. I wanted him.

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Brad

    Biden is right. Bush is the worst president of our lifetime and now, here he is, trying to scare voters again.

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Matthew

    Oh, Biden... I wanted you as VP. I still want you as VP. We need you in government.

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Mark

    Good for you, Joe. Our president is an idiot.

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    Good on you Biden; about time the proper ettiquete of the fake Washington goes out the window and real American reaction is displayed. It is shameful what the worst president in our modern history has done and has stated. I pray you don't appologize to NO ONE about your reaction. It was honest and to the point.

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Joshua Kewish

    Right on, Joe! Man, do I love hearing pure political BS called for what it is.

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Wayne Philips

    As a centrist Democrat, I love Bush's description of Barack!

    "Barack The Great Appeaser"

    and my own:

    "Barack the Pacifist!"

    Go McCain Go!!

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Dem from Oregon

    We already know Bush is full of BS. Sounds like he may have had a litle nip at the wedding

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Bronx Latina

    GO JOE!

    I think we finally hit the point where we can all agree that Bush has finally gone off the deep end..

    Yes.. there were numerous other times... but this is a deal sealer.

    How in the WORLD did this man become out PRESIDENT!?!?

    Oh yeah....he STOLE the election.

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Jedediah Baker

    YEAH! Finally, somebody just says it. Awesome, Senator Biden. Awesome.

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Nick in Kansas

    It is nice to see that a Senator is speaking his mind about the outrageous comments the president made in Israel. I would be intrigued to hear a response from Bush.

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. reenag - Chicago

    You TELL 'EM BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Yes!

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Brooks

    He couldn't be the president, but you have got to love Joe Biden as a democrat. He really tells it like it is.

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Ian

    What's up with the Democrats acting more like Republicans than the Republicans?

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. TJ

    Everything that comes out of Presiden't Bush's mouth is bull....

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Jim

    It is about time a politician puts political correctness aside and speaks from the heart. This is the sentiment from well over half of our population and I would like to thank Mr. Biden for putting his comments in the public forum for the entire world to hear. Because our friends internationally need to know President Bush does not represent the will of the people of the United States.

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. ryan

    I completely agree with Biden.

    I personally love this guys no time for BS attitude.
    Shame he didn't get lots of support.

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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