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. Stephan Harper

    Once again... for the nth time.... Bush makes America and Americans look ignorant and foolish. How have you not impeched him yet? And to think that some of you would even think of voting for another republican?

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. WhoCareswhatRepublicansGuythink

    Republicans are done no body beleives them anymore all they have got is cheap attacks old Karl Rove politics people are way smart to fall for this crap.

    May 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. barackobama4prez

    Wolf, as americans we should all be ashamed to represented by Bush & Co.

    May 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Bill

    I don't agree with too much of what Bush says; but he's right this time. No amount of talk is going to alter the agendas of the radical rulers of Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, etc. Obama has about as much chance of success with those countries as with his goal of uniting Republicans and Democrats relative to solving this countries domestic problems. It just isn't going to happen.

    May 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    well,, peopl,,, of america,, this is just another one of bushes tatics again,, to slam someone who has better ideas than he did,, its so easy for bush to TALK, yea right,, hes only got a few months left, then hes gone, livin high of us fo rthe rest of his life,, what does he have toworry about??,, hes messed things up so bad,, it will take years to fix but i do believe Obama can do it,,, oh dare bush talk like this,, he doesnt have any room to talk,, hes almost ruined this country ,, thinkin abouyt his own needs and wants,,, OBAMA,,,,,!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Freida NYC

    I am not an Obama supporter, however I STRONGLY believe that Bush is completley insane. I do agree with diplomacy over violence any day. The war must end tactfully and safely!

    Hillary all the way till 2012.

    May 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. goodcitizen

    Hillary is the ONLY ONE to lead our country right now!

    Smart Americans: BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY! PICK THE RIGHT PERSON, WE CAN NOT AFFORD ANOTHER TRAGIC PRESIDENT!

    Hillary, you are the one, the perfect American Image for our great nation!

    Go Hillary, we love you!

    May 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. gary

    YOU CANT CHANGE THE BIBLE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WARS. NOSTRADUMUS EVEN PREDICTS EVERYTHING WE ARE HEADED TOWARD. OBAMA WILL BE THE WORST THING TO HAPPENED FOR OUR COUNTRY. OBAMA HAS ALREADY TOOK US BACK A 100 YRS WITH HIS HATE ,RACIST AND DIVISION. THAT IS THE FACTS. IT SHOWS EVERYDAY IN HIS SUPPORTERS AND THE NEWS. LIKE NOSTRADUMUS SAID. WE CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE IF WE LISTEN TO THE WARNINGS. WE HAVE BEEN WARNED. AMERICA WILL GET WHAT THEY DESERVE IF OBAMA IS ELECTED. YOU DONT ELECT A CANIDATE THAT IS UNKNOWN, UNQUALIFIED AND GIVES THE SUPPORTERS SO MUCH HATE. WE WILL FALL AS A DIVIDED COUNTRY. THE NOSTRADUMUS CODE WORLD WAR 111 . READ IT AND THINK ABOUT IT.

    May 15, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Anita from Arizona

    To say those things in front of a foreign country just floors me. He's a terrible man and to be our president makes it even worse. I didn't vote for him in 2004.

    May 15, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Nicole in NE

    AND this is how Republicans try to get you!
    I hope everyone is smarter than this. Obama wants to work on peace and he IS NOT saying he is giving in to terrorists in any way at all!

    What is so laughable to me is that our current foreign policies and the horrible failed Iraq War under Bush – have left us out in the cold to most of the rest of the world. So who's got our back when there is a war? crickets.....crickets.....

    What do you honestly think John McCain will do? He has the same policies as Bush, it doesn't make our country SAFER! It makes more and more countries pull away from us as allies.

    Let's fight terror, finish the job and capture Osama Bin Laden, and strengthen our Homeland Security. But, let's ALSO try to work with other countries to make this a more peacful world. DUH!

    May 15, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Sherri

    The comments of President Bush should be a spring board for uniting all Democrats. They are shameful and terribly misinformed. Obama has called for aggressive diplomacy, not appeasement. This is an outrageous slander. His legislative record supports Israel without exception.

    During the July 2006 Lebanon war, Barack Obama stood up strongly for Israel's right to defend itself from Hezbollah raids and rocket attacks, cosponsoring a Senate resolution against Iran and Syria's involvement in the war, and insisting that Israel should not be pressured into a ceasefire that did not deal with the threat of Hezbollah missiles. He believes strongly in Israel's right to protect its citizens.

    Whether your support Clinton or Obama, set it aside and focus on removing the Republicans from the White House. We have not been represented in this administration for 8 long years. Enough is enough. Democrat in 08!

    May 15, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. john

    jj

    May 15, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Mike from Westchester

    I'll bet John McCain does not want the Republican slim machine to go after Michelle Obama. It will make his Stepford wife fair game. She'll be back in rehab before the end of September.

    I'll take Michelle Obama any day of the week. She blows Ms. McCain away – not even in the same league!

    May 15, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Bill

    The morning paper wrote that gasoline will be $7.00 a gal. by 2009. I go inside and all the news stations want to talk about is the middle east. Someone should tell the oil baron visiting Israel that the problems are back at home. As soon as we Americans abandon the problems of the globe and concentrate on the well being of our country we can start to re-build. Sorry Mr. Entrepreneur, but your world wide market has dissolved. You need to take your earnings and invest in America while you have a chance or we may not be there when you need us.

    May 15, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. faye, NV

    Bush never should have been president of any sort. He would like to divide us and cause bitterness against one another.

    May 15, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Les-WA

    I am a Clinton supporter, but I will vote for McCain in general election if she's not the nominee. After you people maligned her, calling her all kinds of name, you expect me to support your INEPT candidate? DREAM ON!

    Do you have a problem with that Obama Cult Followers?

    May 15, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Bush is doing what Dean and Pelosi couldn't. Unify the Democratic Party.

    May 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. PatrickTM

    Yea right, Bush has shown us what can be acomplished in 8 years by not talking to our enemies, not builidng a consensus with our friends, or not tyring to win supporters. Remeber, he was the uniter, not the divider - thank goodness - if he was the divider, where would we be today. We don't need Bush's advice on anything in international relations or how to make a safer world.

    Recovering Republican

    May 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Art

    I have to say it again. What a stupid stupid man or as a Canadian politician said , " He's a moron " !!! The U.S. negotiates with the PLO , remember them? A terrorist group and enemies of the U.S , now partners in a peace effort. But Bush isn't expected to know too much about anything and he seems to be proud of that fact , always taking any opportunity to show off his ignorance !!!

    May 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Arsene

    Typical Bush politics. Let's implicitly smear the competitor without actually owning up to it and deny the real meaning of out remarks. AND Do it on foreign soil. Talking to enemies naive? Well, not even willing to communicate has cost Americans thousands of lives. I want someone who will LISTEN in the White House, even when the what is being said is not something they agree with. And I won't cop out and just imply who I'm talking about, I want Barack Obama in the White House!!

    May 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Linda of Atlanta

    George Bush is pitiful! In the interest of National Security, he should be prevented from speaking because he and his speech writer have no clue of what they're talking about! I have no doubt that he was just reading lines without any understanding of what those lines mean from a historical perspective. His whole intention was to try to sully Obama's character. He failed in that, but he did show himself to be a fool.
    Wolf, please stop trying to pretend George Bush has "good sense"!

    May 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Keys

    Obama has no need to and can gain nothing from building tactics to try and degrade a person. The republicans and their switch hitter- puppet HILARY have continuously tried to smear him and from the looks of it the republicans fear him and Hilary has to lie about him, so people you do the math. OBAMA WILL BE PRESIDENT LIKE IT OR NOT!!! OBAMA '08

    May 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. leon

    Well Obama supporters youare harvesting what you planted HATE and DISRESPECt for the ohter candidate in your party.

    Do not ask for unity now it will not happen that way the wounds of 49% of the party are open and unless you recognize the values of our candiate what she is bringing to the table and making her part of the process we will not go anywhere to support your candidate who is a vulgar and average politician

    May 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Candy West Virginia

    To all those who tout experience and Obama's lack of it think about this – on one hand we have two so called experienced people – this lunatic GWB ( I need to say no more) and Clinton saying 'obliterate' Iran and you wonder why OBama with his cool head, judgement and diplomacy is winning. Boy, this country needs a wake up call!!!!! We can no longer continue on our same path or we will obliterate ourselves!!

    May 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Sick and Tired

    George "Dubya" Bush has become a "Clear and Present Danger" to the sanctity and soverignty of the United States of America by taking us to war for his and the administration's personal gain as well as his close friends the Saudi's. He should be dealt with as such by any means necessary.

    May 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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