May 15th, 2008
04:11 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Bush injects himself into Democratic politics

Blitzer: Bush seemed to be suggesting that Democrats wouldn't be tough enough on terror
Blitzer: Bush seemed to be suggesting that Democrats wouldn't be tough enough on terror

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Whether it was deliberate or not, President Bush now has directly interfered in the Democratic presidential battle in this final stage of the nominating process. His Knesset speech in Jerusalem on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s independence was widely seen as raising serious last-minute warnings about Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy.

“Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” he said, without referring to Obama by name. “We have heard this foolish delusion before.”

And then, the president dropped the bombshell – making the comparison to the appeasement of Hitler and the Nazis.

His remarks were seen as a direct condemnation of Obama’s assertion that he, as president, would be willing to meet directly with the leaders of Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela – among others.

There is no doubt that Obama’s critics, especially Republicans, want to raise questions about his readiness to be commander in chief. They think that his experience is limited. They also say that on many national security issues, he’s a blank slate.

So is he president’s assertion in Jerusalem his way of raising some flags even at this last moment? I don’t know. I do know that those kinds of pointed words don’t get into a carefully-drafted presidential speech without a lot of consideration and discussion.

Should the next U.S. president meet with the leaders of Iran, N. Korea, and Venezuela among others? Add your comment below or vote here. AOL breaks the vote down state-by-state.


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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Stacy Clarks

    IMPEACH BUSH NOW, I CANNOT WAIT A COUPLE MORE MONTHS

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!! AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN BS!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. cnn rocks

    wolfy,bush is a loser,i lost my son and husband in iraq,diplomacy is better than war anytime.
    any dem 08

    May 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Sherry

    He needs something to do. Poor fella, he wanted to play too!

    May 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Jean

    Today's Washington Post covered Bob Gates' remarks that the U.S. should talk with its adversaries – exactly the position his "boss" President Bush characterizes as naive appeasement.

    May 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. carrie

    a failed politician(bush)
    a washed up journalist(wolf)
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    May 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. barackobama4prez

    Wolf, Bush and Co. are LIARS. McBush is just as bad. Did we really not see this coming? Bush is going to continue his attack on democrats. it's the only hope they have to survive the election this year, and it STILL won't work.

    May 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Terry in Fl

    It is what is it Blitzer....OBAMA is weak and not fit to be president. These are trying times and we need a STRONG candidate like HiLLARY!
    If not Hillary then by all means McCain.
    And Hillary, if the DNC screws you, don't ask me to vote democratic or I will lose all respect for you.

    May 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Alan Boyer

    Bush is now left to confirm what everyone in the world know: this guy doesn't have a clue. I feel sorry for Laura and his daughters. Hopefully, he is a better husband and father.

    May 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. seah ohio

    Obama in the past has always been for Palistine. wanting Israel to lay down their weapons and tear down their wall and have no demands on Palestine. So Mr Bush is pretty much on the money on this one.

    Obama says a lot of things he does not mean and has lied about to get votes. I am sure he will do the same for this.

    His backing from Hammas and Palestine are evident of what he truly beleives and wants.

    May 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Bobbi

    Obama handed this to Bush on a silver platter. He is naive and doesn't have the experince needed to lead this country.

    May 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Jeanne

    Fear mongering plain and simple. There is nothing wrong with having a dialog with those you oppose or disagree with. Bush never has learned diplomacy and you see how well his presidency is going. I just consider the source, shake my head, and move on.

    May 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Beltway Insider

    Oh for christ's sake – just shut the he*l up, you smarmy jerk. Can you be any more obvious in your pro-clinton bias?

    May 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. noone in america

    Dubya should research his family tree. Prescott Bush and nazi ties. nuff said.

    May 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Really?

    I agree with what Kentucky Man said about Michlle Obama!

    May 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Linned

    This coming from a President with the worst ratings in history. It looks that the Republicans are getting really desperate. People don't fall for the hype and fear tactics. I agree with Bidden that is bs.

    May 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. NO-BAMA

    While Mr. Bush probably should stay out of it....he ALSO has freedom of speech

    ...plus...

    He is responding to the Naive Barack Obama statement that he would meet with leaders of terrorist countries unconditionally...

    Barack brought this on himself for being so gullible and pandering to liberal voters.

    Futher proof that voters should have stuck with Senator Clinton; she may not be perfect...but she is NOT that naive.

    May 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. New Sensation

    Such a low down dirty, disgraceful act by W. But then again, we have come to expect this kind of behavior from the republicans in the last 7 years. Awful nice of them to capitalize on scaring the Israelis on the 60th year of their nation, isn't it? What a shame.

    May 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Joseph Adewole

    Mis-speaking in the name of Politics?

    May 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Chris

    "There is nothing wrong with having a dialog with those you oppose or disagree with."

    100% agree

    May 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Ken

    Even though I do not agree much with what Bush says, in this case I would have to agree with what Bush is saying! Obama is a fool in his foreign policies.

    This is just another reason that Borack Hussein Obama should NOT become our next President and that Hillary Clinton should become the Democrat nominee. She has a whole much better "foreign policy". One that protects our great country and its citizens.

    May 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. American Abroad

    Yes, and we've certainly changed our enemies' minds by showing that there is no hope for them and that we do not talk nor negotiate. Yes, they then go ahead and blow themselves up and kill innocent civilians including themselves. Why not? There is no hope anyway. Yes, that's a move in the right direction, eh Bushy? Get a grip.

    May 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Linned

    Another comment. What are the Republicans afraid of that Senator Obama will get in office and actually change the Country for the good?

    May 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. George

    Bush is just the latest quarterback of a bankrupt foreign policy that has yielded no significant gains over the past five decades. Just look at Vietnam, Russia, Cuba, China and the Middle East. Diplomacy with pre-conditions is just posturing and pretensions, that has lead to unnecessary loss of human lives. America is looking more like the bully of the free world more than its presumptive leader.

    May 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Here we go again....

    Bush made some pretty inflamatory inuendos during his speech to the Knesset (Israeli Parliment). Of course, in typical political fashion, his lapdog, Dana Perino denied he was talking about the Democrats, even though one of the pillars of the Republican "game" has been to imply that if you don't elect a Republican, or do exactly what they say, you will get a terrorist knocking at your front door. No one with any sense buys this stuff. It's old school, and with any luck, it's going away soon. Let's all hope that the next thing Bush "injects himself into" will be Air Force One, on his final flight to Texas. And please, "W" take Dana with you. She's become a charicature of herself.

    May 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. DannyCali

    Remember who the one said that when I'm elect President we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals without precondition like Iran, Cuba,
    North Korea and Venezuela leader......I think Obama the said that right?
    If Democratic want to fire Bush Secretary of State and Defense Secretary
    Why their not fire Obama when he said that on the campaign? Democratic blasted Bush same as their blasted Obama.

    May 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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