April 10th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
6 years ago

Rove calls Biden a 'serial exaggerator' and a 'liar'

Rove took aim at Biden over his comments to CNN.
Rove took aim at Biden over his comments to CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Karl Rove fired the latest volley in the increasingly brutal war of words between Joe Biden and former Bush administration officials, calling the vice president a “serial exaggerator” and a “liar” over recent comments to CNN about former President Bush.

“He’s a serial exaggerator. If I was being unkind I’d say he’s a liar, but it is a habit he ought to drop,” Rove, who also called Biden a “blowhard,” told FOX News Thursday night.

On Tuesday, the vice president criticized his predecessor Dick Cheney's recent comments about some of the Obama administration's foreign policy decisions. He also told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger that former President Bush had described himself as a leader during a private Oval Office meeting, and Biden had replied: “Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.”

Rove said Thursday the incident was fiction, and that Biden and Bush had never been alone together. “You’ll notice every one of these incidents has the same structure,” he said. “Joe Biden courageously raises the impudent question, the president befuddledly answers, and Joe Biden drives home the dramatic response. I mean, it’s his imagination. It’s a made-up, fictional world. He oughta get back to it and get back to reality.”

“…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States.”

CNN is awaiting a response from the vice president’s office.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Karl Rove
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Freed_From_W

    Something about a kettle... and calling things black....

    April 10, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. RopoloWyo

    Karl Rove calls someone else a liar??? Wow, that's gutsy.

    April 10, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. some of Us KNOW

    Some of us know that Biden and Obama have jepordized our safety with their changes,

    April 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Kathy S. Cloughn

    Rove, go back to the rock you slipped out from under!

    Rove is a liar, a cheat and a dishonest political strategizer...

    April 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Jimmy D.

    “…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States.”

    Where was this advise when Dick was the VP?

    April 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Alex

    Karl Rove you lied to the American people and put us in the situation we are in today!

    April 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. obama/mama

    Awwwww, Elmer Fudd is upset.

    April 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Xavier

    Well, if that isnt the pot calling the kettle black. Rove wouldnt know the truth if it slapped him on the face. I hear the man on Fox news, and he comes across as a dishonest, egotistical jerk. Truth be told, I wouldnt believe a word that comes from this idiots mouth. He should be in jail.

    April 10, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Dan, TX

    So, does that mean Rove admires Biden. Because Rove is demonstrably a liar.

    April 10, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Karl Rove is a villain. A political genius, but a villain.

    April 10, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Barbara - Atlanta

    Did Bush say this is a lie or Carl Rove?

    April 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Louis

    The Pillsbury Doughboy speaks! Rove's credibility was lost long ago in the wreckage of the Bush administration.

    April 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Oh really??

    Carl Rove,AKA porky pig, has no room to judge or say a word about anyone. As far as I am concerned-and millions more just like me, strongly feel he should be in jail!
    Rove is a crook and a big reason the U.S. is in such a mess.. Rove, Cheney, Bush are all crooks and make Richard Nixon look like a Saint.
    Shame Rove!

    April 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Nora Leonard

    Why should anyone listen to what Karl Rove has to say? This man should be behind bars.

    April 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. happy easter

    i don't know if V.P Biden talked to bush or not, but in either case he was right, just look at our country thanks to the bush administration, our President and V.P have already shown more leadership in their short time than the last administration did in their entire 8 long years.

    April 10, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Kim

    Now, I am seeing very clearly how Karl Rove works his evil magic. He describes others as what he himself is. Rather clever but certainly not in a good way.

    April 10, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. C.J.

    Exaggerator and Liar" If that isnt the pot calling the kettle black!

    April 10, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. j

    Who is calling who a what ??????? You`ve got to be kidding ???? ---Right !!!! -- If that is a joke, you`ve GOT to be kidding.

    April 10, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. lucy2

    A blowhard and a liar? Hello pot, this is kettle.

    April 10, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. Tim

    And he's right. But don't let that get in the way of your views.

    April 10, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. scott

    Is he serious? Isn't Carl Rove calling the kettle black when he calls Biden a liar ? Didn't " HIS " white house staff lie about the CIA cover up and the torture ? OMG we still abide by the Genva Convention MR Rove. I know it must be hard as an ex administration to take the heat, but you are the team that left us in the mess. Tell me I am wrong but when has a past administrtion bashed a current one this hard before. Talk about being classless or even a poor sport. The days of Carl Rove and Dick Cheney are done. Be thankful your not in from of an ethics or criminal board.

    April 10, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. SC

    “…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States.”

    I'm sorry, was he talking about Biden or Cheney?

    April 10, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Hugh C. R.

    It really seems far-fetched that the current Vice-President would have made such a disparaging remark to the then President of the United States. Vice President Biden should cut the war of words with Cheney et al. about the past and concentrate to help heal the Nation. What he is doing is very counter-productive!
    Hugh.

    April 10, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Sirnose

    The GOP would be wise to tell Rove, Cheney and other Bush administration alumni to SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!!!!

    As long as the Rove and Cheney keep fighting a war of words with the Obama administration the more they appear to be the face and voice of the GOP.

    Republicans know in their hearts that if they want to have chance to reclaim the majority in 2010 or the white house in 2012 they have to turn the page on the Bush years. Unfortunatley, Rove and Cheney are so delusional they think the Bush years were a rousing success and they are determined to make sure that when voters think of the Republican party they think of the Bush administration.

    April 10, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. Kent

    At least Joe' exaggerations aren't sending thousands of US soldiers to their deaths like the big lie Bush told the American people. Do you think Karl had any input into the WMD lie about Iraq?

    April 10, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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