August 16th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Crowley: A curveball from Obama

Obama gave President Bush some rare praise.

Obama gave President Bush some rare praise.

LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - Here is what's interesting about this forum: within minutes, Warren goes from asking about taxes to asking what to do with the 148-million orphans in the world to asking whether evil exists. It keeps up the energy.

My sense is this will be one of those times when we will learn a lot about how a candidate thinks - without any breaking news.

Whoa - stop the presses - a rarity: Obama praises Bush for increased U.S. efforts to battle AIDS around the world.

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  1. Penelope Posner

    this is not unusual for Obama he credits his opponents when credit is due

    August 17, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. CB

    Obama spoke from a personal faith base level and from his heart. John McWar did nothing but campaign and spoke of war and every answer.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. aware

    This was a better question for McCain. He and Cindy did adopt an orphan.

    McCain certainly has the depth and life experience Obama lacks!

    McCain 08! 🙂

    August 17, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |

    Candy, I don't know why you'd be surprised that Obama would praise Bush for his humanitarian efforts? Obama is a giant for anyone who helps the "least of these". i.e. I think you missed the verse in Matt. It says to treat all people like you'd treat Jesus". Obama is a Christ-like person, so has the right to call himself a Christ-one. Walking in His footsteps.
    I t is not necessary to bash other's who do good. That is the example of UNITY that our country needs. Only Obama is stressing this wonderful goal for our country and the world. SEE THE GOOD AND PRAISE IT.

    August 17, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  5. Carl from MI

    One of the few things GWB has done that is actually noble and doesn't benefit his campaign supporters or Big Oil.

    And then GWB turns around and wants to gut the Endangered Species Act. Is it any wonder why GWB gets so little praise from Obama and the rest of us?

    August 17, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  6. ADAM


    BO OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  7. Islandgirl45

    Actually, Candy, this is old news.
    Barack Obama praised George Bush's AIDS program much earlier this year at a faith forum with Hillary Clinton. John McCain didn't attend that one.

    August 17, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  8. 'Bama for Obama

    Obama giving credit where credit is due.This is the sign of an intelligent and impartial president to me.

    August 17, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  9. Becky Montgomery

    My sense is this is a planted question that feeds into an opportunity for McCain to tell about the adoption of his daughter. That was, of course, a nice thing of the McCains to do, but this question was plainly asked to give him an advantage.

    Did he ask about infidelity? No, and that would have given Obama an advantage.

    Let's see, was there an agenda?

    August 17, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  10. deroy

    whether anybody realizes it or not OBAMA is bush III.
    count on it. he's not getting out of iraq, will soften his tone on taxes. staet a bigger war in afghanistand, expand the bush spending program even more.

    what do the disagree on? JUDGES only!

    August 17, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
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