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. Independent

    Bush should do as Olberman suggested last night – SHUT Up!! He is a disgrace to his office and this country. The Rove wavw has begun, and all Democrats had better unite to end this era of Republican Tyranny! I implor each person that is a registered Democrat to vote for the Democratic nominee, and unite to end this Republican reign of terror! Democrats 08!

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. paul

    how did he get a second term in office. terrible!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Ben

    Blitzer, me and you know that our president, Mr bush is stupid. we have a chioce here, we can either continue with what we are getting now by voting Mcbush or accept change. if mr bush....ist feels that his strategy of not talking with his enemies is the best, how come they're not working for him in iraq. mr bush has wasted and killed more american lives than the WW1, WW2 and all the terorist attacks put together. the bad news is that we are still loosing our brothers and sisters in iraq every second, minute and day.

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Liz in SD

    Who knew–George W the great uniter!!! Any Dem that would vote for "my friend" McSame after he jumped on this moron's bandwagon today has to have a deathwish. How about Barr 08???

    May 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Lynn, Missouri

    I think it's a last ditch effort for his Republicans. They're pannicked and angry and are lashing out any way they can. It reminds me of the mouse giving the finger to the eagle sweeping down on him. If he won't be impeached, maybe he can be muzzled and put on a chain like any other mean dog.

    May 15, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Nick Mann

    History will serve Bush well. Bush bashing stems from the elitist media and now the drooling fools repeat the sound bites like zombies. Bush's administration has spread freedom, fought tyrany, ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Greatness and vision is not rewarded until we have a chance to look back on history. Churchhill was even less popular when he was booted from office by his own party.

    May 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Venus

    Go Obama!

    The world wants peace and not bullies!

    We have no friends with us in Iraq!

    May 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. ed

    When Bush fires Bob Gates and Condi Rice then I will take him serious else. Bush is about to bury the GOP. I fear a stunning defeat in November ! In not a democrat but I fear for the GOP

    May 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Alex

    What do you expect from such a mindless fool. Blah blah blah is all I hear when that A hole opens his mouth. I am surprised however that so many actually still pay attention to him.

    May 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Ed

    No worries. Obama's voice will be louder than President's Bush's voice on the 20th of Jan,2009, when he gives his inaugural speech.

    May 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Franky

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

    Hey Wolf, look who's talking, LOL!!!!!!! We got attacked by "Al Queda" on 9/11 and 7+ years later, we don't even know what they're up to, LOL!!! So much for getting our enemies, huh? LOL!!! Even Senator McCain didn't even know what's going on in Iraq........so much for national security, huh? LOL!!! If Senator McCain can't even point out who we are fighting, I wonder who we are fighting, LITERALLY! LOL!!!

    But you know what Wolf??? That's just more info for me, LOL!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Ben

    If Hillary, Obama, and McCain are as bad as the multitude of you idiot bloggers say, then time we called a moritorium on this election and
    seek a decent inmate from one of our prisons to run this country.
    At least all inmates seemed to have found Jesus and how can you critizise that?

    May 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Lisa

    If Hillary rallies behind Barack and he doesn't even have a health care plan for everyone, i'm done with her too.

    May 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. C from the D

    (Just proving a point) Someone should walk up to some random republican and punch that person right in the mouth with no explanation. Thats kinda how Bush's foreign policy works and it would illustrate why its best to talk to someone first... violence should be the last resort.

    May 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Democrat

    Democrats!!!, Clinton Supporters!!!, Obama Supporters (I am one)!!!:

    UNITE!!!

    It would be a BETRAYAL of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama if you support McBush on Nov 4th!!! WE ARE DEMOCRATS!!! LET'S NOT FORGET THAT!!!

    SUPPORT DEMOCRAT NOVEMBER 4TH!!!

    IF YOU DON'T, YOU WEREN'T A DEMOCRAT TO BEGIN WITH!!!

    Democrats 2008!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Seth in Texas

    I'm confused as to how Clinton has more foreign policy experience than Obama. If someone could clarify that, I would be very appreciative.

    And as far as Bush's comments- is the President really attacking someone else on the issue of foreign policy? Look in the mirror, buddy.

    May 15, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Fitz

    NOBAMA,
    I've thought about it and finally decided after careful consideration that you are just STUPID. Ever hear of the saying, keep you're friends close and your enemies closer?... Now go report back to the Clintons or Repubs whomever you work for.

    a*@hole

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Obama The King

    Barry Obama's Official Foreign Policy Statement:

    "Can't we all get along?"

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Brian from NYC

    When guns and weapons are chosen over words we have all failed!

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Jim

    No-Bama, No-way, No-how. I'm for Hillary to the end. I'm not falling for Obamas fake olive branch to Clinton supporters. All the Obama hacks who have trashed Hillary over all these months have me so fed up that I would never even think of voting for Obama come November.

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    Just wait! they are just getting warmed up. You Obomites think Hillary was a pain in the butt? The Republicans are going to show the junior Senator what the real deal is.

    Obama will cry like a baby!

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    To all those who say Obama has no experience and GWB has experience I say TO HELL WITH EXPERIENCE!!! If this is what experience means than thank GOD we have someone with a fresh perspective, diplomacy and enlightened ideas that hopefully will be the next president of our united states. GWB you are ghetto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. mkeey

    West Virginia voted G.W.Bush into office now another attempt of WV to vote in Hillary Clinton into office..what a scrap!!! Don't they ever use their brains!!? BUSH is a BIG disgrace to humankind PERIOD!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Alex

    comment to "I love Hillary" Thats sad...such denial. Sorry to break the news but Hillary is done. McCain doesnt stand a chance...who's left?

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. good for america

    blitzer and cnn in general have gotten a large hillary bias. cnn I dare you to print this

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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