May 15th, 2008
04:11 PM ET
6 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. Perry

    'So is he president'- proofread

    May 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Donovan

    Hold on there Blitzkrieg!

    The Democrats are overplaying the Bush card, it is the Democrats
    who have injected Bush into thier Political campaign. By building
    thier Campaign on Anti Bush sentiment and reinforcing it with a
    belacose, elitist, second guessing attitude.

    Moreover; all they have is Bush, and nothing else. These is nothing coming out of Obama except hate for Bush....Its going to take a
    lot more than that to get my Vote..

    Donovan

    May 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. NY Dem

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH TALKING TO THESE COUNTRIES?? I mean, no one is trying to roll out the red carpet for them... but obviously whatever method we have been using HASN'T WORKED.

    Why not try to have a conversation and figure out how to get back on the right track? Or would the republicans rather just go to war for 100 years?? Stupid!

    May 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Ed

    PLEASE, Drag George Bush before the Hague for his reckless behavior!

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

    Georgie needs to go sit down before he hurts himself.

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

    I think W should just shut up and keep quiet for his remaining days in office.

    May 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Wise White Guy

    Bush is such a joke and he seems to be the only one who doesnt know it. How dare he put this country in the situation he has where we have almost no respect around the world and still think he has some great insight. He has no right to criticize anyone who believes something other than he does because his way was obviously grossly wrong. There is always the option of military action if all other methods of diplomacy have failed and in rare cases it might come to that but to say we should not first talk with our enemies and try to have a give and take of information is absolutely ludacris. These are lessons we learned very early on in the school yard. If you have a problem with someone it can almost always be talked out but if you do not communicate it will always end in a fight. Grow up GW

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

    Jesus says: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9) – Isn't it starnge that the "alledged muslim" Barack Obama is one of the few in the political arena who acts like a Christian.

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

    bush =mcain=war=idiocy=sickness in mind needs medical attention both of them.

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

    I have two sons who, thank god, have good paying jobs. Both drive over 50 miles each day to work. My concern is what about the other majority of working Americans who had at one time a decent job and could barely make house payments and keep food on the table, but managed to get by. When they have to drive 50 miles to work and pay these price gouging gas prices.Are they now going to lose their homes and not be able to feed their families?

    May 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. D. Crane

    Who cares what a bunch of red-necks in Kentucky or W. Virginia think anyway? These are the same nit-wits that gave us Reagan, Bush, the new-cons, the Contract on America and all the other nonsense that has nearly ruined this country with wars, deficits and Big Brother and the rich getting obscenely richer. Obama-Edwards '08

    May 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. greg

    vote for McCain and avoid all the Obamaa Hillary rukas

    May 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Yolanda/S.A. Texas

    I can see from some comments that some of you would believe a republican over a democrate...so who is just like Bush.

    1st- Obama just defended himself regarding the Hamas story and CNN backed this up...for once..

    2nd- Doens't it seem srange to anyone that now he wishes to speak up? The Republicans are losing every seat in the house, congress and now the white house.

    Come on people! It's time for everyone to use some good judement here. He is mad he has to leave and live in the real world away from all his secret service men.

    May 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Darrell

    Lets talk about inexperience.... B – Bully
    U – Useless
    S – Stupid
    H – Hellbound

    Understand that is truly Inexperience and if America withstood this "whatever" for eight years, Surely we can see what an Harvard Graduate will do. So much farther advanced and knows human relations....

    Bush, Clinton, and McCain go home.... We really don't need your old politics of yesterday....

    May 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Susan Missouri

    Maybe Bush knows something we need to know.

    May 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. JAMES IN BAMA

    NO-BAMA FOR ME IN 08'

    May 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Wil Frank

    If all the war, hate and violence is ever going to stop, someone has to start somewhere.

    Maybe the republicians want Obama to adopt their approach to dealing with terrorist: PAY THEM OFF!

    May 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. bob in L.A.

    Bush should inject himself into a jail cell. There is not a single problem facing the U.S. at this time that cannot be traced back to Mr Bush. Aside from gross negligence of duty, which would ge the average American fired, Mr Bush and his staff have lied for the gain of corporate America, the banking industry, Haliburton ( they must be netioned in isolation) and contributed to the murder for over 4000 member of our military from misgiuded decisions.
    He has no right to make a cooment on anything but his daughters wedding and he would probably even get that wrong.

    May 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Carol from Denver

    The more the Bush speaks the dumber we sound! I'm not one to wish my life away but I can't wait for January. At this point I'll vote for the democratic donkey rather than any republican.

    May 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Bob from Louisiana

    I remember when Bush said, "You are either with us for with the terrorist..." In a round about way he didn't actually declare what side he was on, did he?

    The only thing to fear, is Bush himself.

    May 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. kevin

    John Edwards would make a fine VP but I really wish Obama would choose ex-supreme NATO commander Wesley Clark to shut up all these non-patriot and lack of foriegn affairs attacks. Besides, Edwards is better suited for the supreme court.

    May 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. HBobbie

    I suspect because our President cannot in 'his' good concience support McCain, his can help 'his' party best by attacking the front-runner in the Democratic Race. His opinions, in this election year, will most likely be ignored by all – - his performce as President has been the best he can do and that being the best he can do, how could anyone attach any relevance to anything he has to say?

    May 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. sophia nyc

    Let's not forget the Israelis are on Palestinian land.

    May 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Phong Nguyen

    The Democratic Party has always been divided, which plays directly into the Republican Party's hand!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Jason

    Every election year it's the same thing.. change, change, change.... does anything ever really change....NO, it's a political ploy to get elected and people actually fall for it. Nothing will help your pathetic lives.

    May 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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