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. jessuxa

    bush should be ashamed of himself!!! And he supposed to represents us? I can't wait until he's gone for good!!

    May 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Bob B. Biloxi, Miss.

    Too bad that Obama supporters have alienated almost 49 % of their party... It would be nice to get rid of these guys.

    May 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Ted:Canada

    What a STUPID man!
    Bush is the Number One Terrorist in the World.
    He has done more to spread hate and mistrust than any other single person on the face of this earth.

    Wolf tell Lou D that as much as he talks about the Mexican border/fence , up here in Canada we are also thinking of buliding a fence, a huge fence to keep stupid people like Bush and his "like"out of our country.

    Lou he is the number one terrorist that threatens the American people, the Jewish people and the millions of people around the world fighting for peace.

    Lou can you build a fence around him? – better still a "hole"!

    May 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Tim

    That was not a very wise thing to do. You don't go outside of the family (country) to air your opinion. That is just uncalled for and totally wrong. Your own people in your own administration is pushing to sit down with Iran, or don't you remember. This would be funny if it weren't so sad!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Michael

    I agree with Joe Biden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seah from Ohio, do you think that maybe, just maybe Obama wants piece in the region???? Instead of the War-mongering tactics our current Commander – In – Chief seems so fond of?

    What ever happened to Diplomacy instead of "The Shoot Firsat, ask Later" mentality of this administration?

    May 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Griff

    Democratic?? A Label for a System, of control of the Majortiy??
    George Bush is also, just another Vote. In a Democracy, we speak out loud. Whether "who" listen's or not.. But Pelosi is the Dictator..

    May 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Debby

    This is Obama's fault when he brought it up in the debate its public knowledge and thats what Bush is basing his comment on. I think our Pres. is entitled to his opinion to.

    May 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Thomas

    The hypocracy of democrats is astounding. I guess that is what we should expect from all of those hard working white people who do not have a college education and who expect all of their needs be taken care of by others.

    May 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Travis

    Bush should be injected with a leathal dose of something once he is found quilty of war crimes.

    May 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. tom

    It is very unfortunate that kids don't chose their biological fathers, because this one wasn,t going to be a dad. Sorry Bush I had to say it, you are not a father material niether a leader

    May 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    I am pro Clinton, but this Tennessee republicant crap about Michelle Obama has got me fired up!.

    The republicants are in for a big surprise come November. Keep relying on Clinton supporters not voting for Obama. We are doing a "Limbaugh" on YOU and the republicants are tooooo stupid to realize it.

    Cindy McCain is fair game folks...this should be a hoot to watch.

    May 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Kevin from Boston

    Just another reason why the republicans will be out and for a long time to come!!!! What experience did Bush have when he took office?? No more than Obama, and surely any Joe off the street could do better than Bush in foreign policy, heck a single cell organism could do better without even trying. Impeach Bush and Cheney now!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Gail

    George Bush's remarks in a foreign country inferring an American running for presidential nominee show us the true character of him. SHAME ON YOU GEORGE BUSH!

    May 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Jackson

    The West Virginia voters sent a message loud and clear that they do not want a left-wing-Kerry-democrat for the nominee ... but are the democratic leaders listening or stone-deaf???
    Hillary '08 ... America's Choice!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Proud West Virginian

    I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT CALIFORNIA IS SICK, SICK, SICK, SICK....NO MORALS AT ALL!!! BUT, I'M NOT SURPRISED THAT A STATE SUCH AS CALIFORNIA WOULD BE ACCEPTANT OF HOMOSEXUALS....EVERYONE KNOWS IT'S A STATE OF SIN!

    GAY LIFE STYLE IS DISGUSTING! IT REALLY SHOCKS ME THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT THINK THAT IT IS OK....JUST SHOWS HOW DECAYED OUR SOCIETY IS!

    May 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Jim

    This from a man who has failed at every opportunity ever GIVEN him. The baseball Texas Rangers have never recovered from him. Hopefully the United States can, and can do so very quickly!

    May 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Amg

    Obama should stand by his words that is "meeting dictators without pre-condition" or apologies for saying that. Bush based himself on what others did or said in public .

    May 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. OH

    This country is tired of the Republican attack dogs and the narrow minded semi-literate hate filled ego-tistical shameless followers.

    If you don't like my policies; you are not for me! Well, no one cares and everyone has his own mind.

    As long as we are free law abiding citizens; we should be allowed to speak our mind.

    What happen to the color fear codes of 2004; the same ones that drove people nuts? Election is near so expect the rattling sabers, endless talk of war and who is against us.

    Given the reasons for the Iraq war, it seem easier to start one with Iran because at least this time he can say the words of the enemy carries weight.

    251 days to go and its bye bye to the failed policies of a failed administration.

    The more they rattle their sabers, the more they loose. Thanks Mississippi; we spoke clearly and they have not learned their lesson.

    May 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    This is more of the same old "if you vote for a Democrat you will die" tactic that served them so well in 2002 and 2004. But in 2006, America was a wiser nation and now in 2008 I expect we will totally reject this type of politics.

    May 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Lucian

    Bush had a few over the weekend. Excuse him!

    May 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Barb-ID

    Obama, should not of said it, if he wasn't going to take the heat for it. When the Rep. get threw with Obama he will have to take his unproud of America, racist, wife back to Chicago and Rev. Write. MAybe he can get back in the church.

    May 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Bob

    I'm sorry is this the same cat that started out with all the international savvy of a governer from my home state of Texas. The same fellow who now has all these "lessons" to teach? If we learn by mistakes then perhaps Bush has something to offer. As for the historical reference I find it odd that a man that universally ignored history to invade Iraq .... ie attack not when you are threatened or attacked but because of a suspicion of indirect threat .... is now so fanatically oriented on history. The concept of isolation didn't work out in the 40s either but Bush's policies have certainly isolated this country and anyone else who is foolish enough to follow his gun toteing diplomacy tact. See. former labor party head Tony Blair. How much more can this man stink up a country I love? How much longer can you let this bafoon destroy hundreds of years of diplomacy. It's like I left my ranch hand in charge over the weekend and I come home to find the animals slaughtered and the crops burned ... please leave quickly while I still have a modicum of patience.

    May 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. from CT

    It's funny because I was getting upset with Hillary but wow, now this should really unite us, I don't care if Hillary or Obama wins, screw it, anything is better than these bastards, I hated the idea of a joint ticket but now I'm for it, we need to unite against these low life's and their smere campaigns and fear tactics!

    May 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Disappointed

    Get the hook and get him out......

    May 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Jack

    Hey Obama...if the shoe fits...wear it.

    May 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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