July 21st, 2008
05:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Former Pres. Bush 'a little jealous' of Obama

Former Pres. Bush spoke about Obama Monday.
Former Pres. Bush spoke about Obama Monday.

(CNN) - There’s been plenty of second-guessing from Republican critics about Barack Obama's large-scale public events and speeches scheduled for his visit to Europe this week - but former President George H.W. Bush isn't one of them.

Asked today whether, as a former head of state who has a sensitivity about protocol, he has any thoughts about the appropriateness of Obama's planned events, the former President replied, "A little jealous, is all."

The former president, who says he's just returned from a visit to Germany's Brandenburg gate, added that Obama will "figure it out."

For more on the stagecraft of Obama's world tour, tune into Campbell Brown: Election Center tonight at 8 pm ET.

soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. benvictor

    Obama is getting his "training wheels" during this ONE week jaunt. Are the American taxpayers footing the fill for this learning experience? How many other "training wheels" does Obama need to cover all the issues facing America? We heard he has 300 foreign policy advisers; generally no two of anybody can agree on anything. Why the Obama flip flops? Thankfully, the Olympics are nearly here and we can focus on what is important.

    July 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. CLINTON 08 VP

    OH GREAT, ANOTHER SENILE...

    UNITED WE'RE STRONGER

    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014

    NO TO "BUSH II", "McWAR", "BUSH'S-INTENT-FOR-2ND-PARADE-IN-IRAQ"

    July 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. curt

    Finally some honesty about this whole Obamania, there are people out there who are simply jealous of the man ( Hi Hater's)

    July 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    As well he should be after throwing up on the Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa. Not exactly the Kodak moment he was looking for.
    Sorry, no do-overs: Your son has had plenty and still cain't get it right!

    July 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Linda Esen

    LOL...thats all

    July 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Uchenna

    Welcome to reality Mr. Bush. Even a blind man can see that Obama is the way forward.

    Republican for Obama!

    July 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Media has picked our candidate.

    The media should be punished for this bias reporting. I am disgusted every time I turn on the tv. I have lost all respect. Maybe Fox is the fairest of them all.

    July 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Ranger7

    Jealous your son ..never made the "grade"....

    He'll be in prison soon!!!

    July 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Nafiadi

    haha! old Bush!

    July 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Annie

    I don't get this story...

    Why is he jealous?

    July 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Jay

    He didn't do anything for me on the domestic front. But he had a lot of wisdom on foreign policy affairs. He kept Saddam from invading Kuwait, without spending a dime on that mission. He also left Saddam in power because he knew how frigile that region is and Saddam was necessary to keep Iran in check. I have some issues with a few reports I heard about in Central America. But these claims are unproven.

    July 21, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. xddy4u

    President Bush, Sr., said it all about Obama's opposition. They just like he is, "A litte jealous. is all".

    July 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. john williams san diego, ca.

    socialists unite...vote obama...the messiah is approaching

    July 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Ranger7

    Jealous your son ..never made the "grade"….

    .......He'll be in prison soon!!!

    July 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Montana is Obama Country

    **
    Jealous of Barack having smarts and his own son being the biggest dunce in America...
    **

    July 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. JA Cook

    I supported and voted for the elder Bush. I can't come close to saying the same for his son and his cowboy policies.

    I dread the thought of following up with maverick policies.

    July 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. CW4Barak

    Marie in California.....you and many others are sooo have a shock coming in November.....get yourself ready to live in a country governed by someone intelligent, qualified and respected....know you are not used to that considering the poor joke example we have endured from your party for the last 7.5 yrs. But don't worry a new world order is coming. Lead, follow or get out the freaking way!

    July 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Michael Turner

    I do understand how George H. Bush would be jealous of Obama since Barack is well respected and his son (George W.) will be regarded as one of the worse presidents in the US history.

    July 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Mickey, NY

    Former Pres. Bush 'a little jealous' of Obama: Why, because Obama has a brain?!?

    July 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Dave from Menifee

    Now that's a statesman. I don't care what side you're on in politics Bush 1 make is son look like a un-ranked amateur.

    July 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Diing in Washington

    He was the head of CIA before he became president, so one got to ask “what was he doing in Germany?”. Anyway, I admire him and his foreign policy as well. Republicans need to chill out!

    July 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. jen

    Annie, Maybe Hillary will explain it to you...

    July 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Tony

    Nobody cares what this old fool thinks.

    July 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Kate, Atlanta

    Even Papa Bush is ashamed of his spawn. Plus, he and Obama have similar philosphies on foreign policies – smart man.

    July 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. yaung

    it ment to be a joke, i guess.
    he is a good guy. i love this guy.

    that is very lovely applause from senior guy to new comer.

    Obama08

    July 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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