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. Farley

    What more can I say? I agree 100% with Senator Joe Biden, who has made the case against the President,s reckless utterances very convincingly. The President should realise that he has a very serious responsibility, and should avoid reckless grandstanding for political purposes on a matter as serious as this.

    May 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. mike

    Biden for the dem VP! I would have given him my vote for president! How bout the next secretary of state?

    May 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Ron J.

    Sen. Biden is 100% correct. It appears that Bush's lame-duck apathy has reached a new low: he no longer cares even when directly contradicting his inner circle. And, yes, I'm actually complimenting Bush's intelligence by attributing this latest gaffe to apathy rather than to pathological stupidity. Is it 2009 yet?

    May 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. brian

    Don't worry Biden, the democrats and their hand picked wonder bot want to talk to terrorists, did you watch the debates?

    May 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Jenny

    Right on Biden! LOL

    May 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Walt

    Don't worry Sen Biden. Come January, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfield, Lieberman, and the rest of the GOP will be playing war back on the ranch. Without access to human lives.

    May 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. DecemberFlames

    Awesome. Go Joe Biden. I love him.

    May 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. JJ

    Republicans they say what they want, when they want too. No matter if it's right or wrong. President Bush, thank God his term is almost over. Really Thank God! Tell It Like It is Senator Biden, Don't take that from him. It's time for the Democrates to take a stand and stand up and (not behind) but along side Senator Obama. It's time for a CHANGE.
    Dem's unite as one and get the job done. YES!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Billy Gibbons in Houston

    "Joe Biden called President Bush’s comments.. "bulls–t”"

    It's a joke, right? Promoting niceness with the Iranian president while profaning the president of the US? Just how is that supposed to make anyone feel comfortable with how a Democrat would treats this country?

    May 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Bob from Kentucky

    Obama/Biden '08

    May 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Realism front and center

    Say what you have to Biden! We hear ya! Only a few months left in the White house and Bush continues to hit new lows.

    May 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Thank you Joe Biden for giving a voice to what most Americans are thinking as well. It's refreshing to see an influential representative standing up to the outrageous lies and bullcrap that comes out of bush's mouth. Thank you for putting it all in perspective Joe. You have my vote of confidence.

    May 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Sheryl

    Now there is the man who should be President!! Thank you Joe Biden. You took the words right out of my mouth.

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

    Go Go Biden tell it like it is. W -has done us damage that even Obama nor McCain can repair. Clintons might be able to repair because it would be a seasoned approach.

    May 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Jeff G

    YEAH BIDEN!!!!!! HOO-RAH!

    May 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Diane Dunn

    Joe Biden is absolutely correct, and I am happy to hear Democrats are standing up and calling Bush out for his lies, incompetence and hypocrisy.

    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Charlie

    Joe Biden needs to take a chill pill! When he rants, it would be nice to know where he gets his facts!

    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. ENOUGH

    BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Jamil - Dearborn, MI

    Biden is da man!!! Who cares if it's not politically correct – Biden's point is absolutely right.

    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Randolph

    Biden finally grew a pair.

    Or maybe he borrowed Hillary's

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Rachel (Pittsburgher for Obama)

    Thank you Mr. Biden! It's about time the Dems grew a pair and told this man how looney he is!

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Randy

    I totally agree with senator Biden, honest experienced and strong

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. REFRESHING HONESTY

    GIVE EM HELL BIDEN!!...WHAT ABOUT CLINTON AND BUSH APPEASING THE NORTH KOREANS AND GETTING "STUNG" BY THEM?

    BARACK OBAMA WILL HAVE A MUCH BETTER DIALECT TO REACH ACROSS TO OTHER NATIONS WHO WE'LL NEED TO HAVE A MEETING OF MINDS.

    JOE BIDEN HAS MY VOTE AFTER STANDING UP TO WHAT'S WRONG WITH WASHINGTON POLITICS.

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Lee From Treasure Island Florida

    GO GET 'EM BIDEN!

    This year, This Time, we will not be fooled. We will not fall Fear Tactics. NOT THIS TIME.

    WORDS ARE FREE. WAR COST LIVES & TRILLIONS

    NOT THIS TIME

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Chris from New Orleans

    I'm glad Biden had the balls to say it.

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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