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. junior

    ...I nominate Biden for Sec. of State!

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. brian, orlando florida

    FINALLY!!!!! Someone has the intestinal fortitude to publicly state what 70% of this country believes. Kudos to you Senator Biden. I applaud you and thank you for your candor!

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Paul D. Pietroski Richmond CA

    Thank you Sen. Biden

    May 15, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Scott C

    Well said Mr. Biden.

    Well said.

    May 15, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Bill in CA

    Mr. Biden, you are the greatest American I know. Thank you!

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

    That's what I'm talking about, don't sugar-coat it! Say what you mean. Kudos Sen. Biden.

    May 15, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Jim C.

    It's about time a leading Senator and member of the Foreign Policy Committee stood up and challenged the outrageous politics of fear the Bush has used over the past 8 years, especially in election periods. Biden would make a great V.P.

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

    Yes, Biden for Secretary of State!!

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Rebecca

    Wow, Joe Biden is the best! My thoughts exactly, Joe.... our thanks for being courageous enough to speak it aloud!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. NewYorkJ

    Thank you, Senator Biden! It's disgraceful to see the president of our country make such idiotic comments. It's good to see Biden putting him in his place.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Todd C.

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Brian Stipes

    Real nice Senator Biden. I would expect the Chairman of a Senate Committee to be able to express themselves with a little more eloquence.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. john cavanaugh

    haha wait to call it like it is Biden

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. John Bondi

    Joe Biden is my new hero.

    Bush is actually ridiculous for stating that repairing relations with Iran would be a mistake. I think we need global cooperation in order to effectively combat any miss-doings or injustices.

    Please, for everyone's sake, Mr. Bush: RESIGN!

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Bruce Koslow

    Senator Biden is exactly right. He is the only politician that
    tells it the way it really is...

    Whoever is elected President, would be very wise to have Biden
    in their Cabinet.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Venus

    YES!

    This is getting good!

    Ha,ah,ha,ha,ha,ha - what a nice way to slap Bush back to Texas!

    Time to give up the "How the West was Won" ---and Wanted Dead or Alive!

    Go get em' Biden!

    And to Mc Cain – we will not be in Iraq for another 5-years!

    Is that the best our POW- Mc Cain can do? The USA can't afford 5-more years in Iraq!

    Go Obama!

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Mickey

    I think Mr. Biden needs to look at what's dropping from his behind.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Tom

    Good for Senator Biden. After 7+ years of this travesty of a government, someone finally had the courage to truthfully categorize everything this President has espoused.

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. frank O

    Amen Senator Biden!
    All Americans MUST stand up and speak against this fear-mongering. I thought this guy (Bush) was done scaring gullible Americans. Obviously not. Wake-up America. Dont fall for this non-sense and give up another 4 years of our Children's future.

    VOTE for CHANGE!
    VOTE your MIND!

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Matt

    Biden is a true American patriot. Why isn't this man the Democratic nominee? Because the media never gave him the time of day, and the public isn't knowledgeble enough to vote on actual issues. Pathetic. Hopefully Obama will pick him as his #2.

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. TC

    Thank you for posting Biden's comments uncensored.

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. darleneinTexas

    Right on Mr.Biden even my two year old knows George" Dumb"Bush should not be criticizing a cocker roach let alone Senator Obama.

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Concerned Citizen

    Finally some real straight talk... Bush is full of Senator Biden's quote...

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Marina

    Thank you Mr. Biden,

    As Nancy Pelosi said today, "BENEATH THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT AND UNWORTHY OF OUR REPRESENTATION AT THAT OBSERVANCE IN ISRAEL."

    It is beyond disgrace

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. tshanail

    i always knew there was a reason i liked biden.

    May 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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