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. cheekbrown

    Very well said, Senator Biden.

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Go Biden

    You Go Senator Biden! And President Bush should be ashamed of himself. But his approval rating is at 20% and most of those are likely comedians that are going to be sad to see him leave because he provides so much comic material for them.

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. jeje

    yes senator Biden is right.

    shame on you bush.............

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. VW

    You've gotta love Joe Biden. He speaks his mind and his mind is absolutely correct in this instance. I think he would make a great VP for Obama.

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. TC

    Obama/Biden '08

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. John

    Finally!!!! Someone calls it like it is. I've always liked Biden's straightforwardness. Too bad he didn't have enough money to buy the nomination like remaining candidates.
    Bush's half baked, half executed foreign policy has created a greater mess than we could have imagined 8 years ago. I've always opposed the war but I might have more respect if we had gone into our fight against the world with full force. At least it would have been a determined approach instead of this guess and wait game thats only slowly bleeding us dry.
    Well, it can only get better next year. Only 249 days of the failure left!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Sharon, Raleigh NC

    Love Biden!!!! He should have been our nominee.

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Carol

    This is outrageous and shameful. How could Sen. Biden use such public remarks about the President? He should resign.

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Rory O Shea

    Allright Biden! Saying it like it is!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Chanda-Cincinnati Ohio

    OBAMA/BIDEN O8' ND 12'!!!!!!!!!!!! President Bush should really just go sit down and shut up!!!!!!! Anything he says at this point sounds like blah, blah, blah. The government in this country needs to get off its high horse and realize we are not alone on this big rock we call earth, and sitting down and having dialogue with...not appeasing..our so called enenemies is the first step in breaking down the misunderstandings and barriers. The United State's John Wayne cowboy attitude is exactly why we have lost our luster and shine on the world stage. We use to command respect, now the world chokes back giggles. Bush has made us a laughing stock, and Annie Oakley won't help the matter with her nuke Iran attitude!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Marie

    Good for you Senator Biden. It's about time someone starts calling these people out on their ridiculous form of division. Let's fix healthcare, education and energy policies now. Enough of this BS!

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Is stupidity an impeachable offense? Biden is right on with his criticism of Bush.

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Jon

    Nowhere in Bush's speach did he even mention by name BHO or any other oerson for that matter. I believe Biden has guilty feeling. What a bunch of crap.

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. eddie, New York City.

    Well said sen. Biden!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Dj

    You tell him Sen. Biden!

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. steve in arkansas

    To give credit where credit is due, someone has kept terrorist from striking the US homeland again. Whether thats to the credit of Bush or his administration. I sure wouldnt say he has created more terrorist as Biden has stated.

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Mike from Westchester

    Go Senator Biden. Expose the stupidity. 1/20/09 can't come soon enough!

    New President! New course!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. ny girl

    I agree wholeheartedly with Joe Biden. It IS Bull***t, but then again look who's running the country....the truth is, Bush has no answers for ANY of the mess he's made....

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Gary

    Thank You Mr. Biden!
    It is about time someone called it like it really is.
    Bush and his cronies have had free range for way to long.

    May 15, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. KLM

    I"m with you on that Biden. However, you can't argue with a fool. We just have to wait until he is out of office and pray he can shut up until them

    May 15, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Think - FL

    Woohoo! Give it to em Biden. Finally... someone in Washington stands up to the podium and lets forth the truth.

    May 15, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Chris

    PREACH IT BIDEN!!! Stand up for what is right!

    May 15, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Carol

    Go Biden!! Good for him – finally somebody speaks up and says something. Voters are so tired of the politically correct, skirting-the-issue, non-answer answer to everything.

    Whether you agree with him or not,you have to give Biden credit for speaking up.

    May 15, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Real Change

    I'd love for Joe Biden to be the Secretary of State in the Obama Administration

    May 15, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. judith

    thank you, joe biden, for having the guts to say what needed to be said.
    i love you!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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