April 10th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
9 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.

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  1. Sniffit

    @ munchmom, who asked :"So why does Biden continue to bring up and berate how he feels about what Mr. Bush has said?"

    Because he deserves it. He's an imbecile and a criminal.

    April 10, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. williefloyd

    Reps. continue to make themselves look and sound like fools. VP Biden tells it like it is-unfortunately some people can't handle the truth because it's alien to them.
    Karl Rove isn't fit to be in the same room with VP Biden!!

    April 10, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Duster

    Biden has always "embellished" stories to his advantage. Does anyone really listen to him anyway? What do you expect? He is a professional politician just like Rove and Cheney.

    The difference is that Biden's lies are easily identifiable and in most cases laughable in their ignorance. Cheney & Rove may have lied, but proving it is significantly more difficult.

    April 10, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. george

    A little off the subject but it does lend credibility to Our Pres & V.P.Biden was the first politician i ever heard answer a yes or no question with a simple yes or know.That impressed me.Pres.said all Americans should have the same health care as the politicians who work for US.This is only part of the reason i supported them.

    April 10, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. John

    Rove and cheney need to be arrested tried and hung for crimes against humanity and treason. Publically hung!!

    April 10, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. What????

    How does Mr. Rove know that Mr. Bush and Mr. Biden had "never been alone together"? Given Mr. Rove's history, one might take that with a grain of salt as well as his other comments. Is there anything that this administration can do that will evoke even a modicum of positive response from the GOP? They have taken the word "opposition" to new heights and the majority of Americans (that is how Pres. Obama and VP Biden got elected by the way) should be getting heartily tired of the ongoing assault. What is the GOP saying about the American voting public when they continually oppose the the least thing the duly-elected administration does. And you wonder what the rest of the world thinks about the US................................!

    April 10, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Joe

    Biden is in complete fantasy land. Always has been. Rove would shred him up in any debate. Go Rove.. you seem to be the only Republican lately who has got the gonads!

    April 10, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. fed_up_with_politicians123

    I find it the height of hypocrisy for Carl Rove to call someone else a liar as well as saying they don't live in reality! The entire Bush White House for 8 years lived in their own fantasy world and exaggerated on practically everything (Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!)
    Rove was that fat, nerdy kid in school that got picked on, his but kicked everyday, and his lunch money stolen and then when he reached the White House with Bush he took out his anger and humiliation on anyone he perceived as a threat. What a tool!

    April 10, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Virginia

    Rove and the republicans are getting what they deserve. While they were in power, we were captives of their lies and dirty politics. Now that the public finally realizes how they were duped, and took action to oust their lying criminal behinds, its really amusing to watch.

    April 10, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Phil

    As high-level members of an administration known for deceiving and/or misleading the public as well as gross incompetence and mismanagement, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney have no moral high ground from which to call anyone a liar or to accuse any one of any kind of deception whatsoever.

    April 10, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. donna

    Biden should take this as a compliment...I mean coming from a skilled "liar and exaggerator" such as Rove who pretty much owns that title has got to mean something, right?

    April 10, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Jon

    All of these comments about Rove are true, but Biden is the worst VP since Quayle. He's not very intelligent and he is a walking gaffe. Although I rarely agree with Obama, I hope for his safety and well being because Biden would be a joke.

    April 10, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Tom

    Vice President Biden is well known for his loose lips. Karl Rove is as well known for his manipulation of the truth. Biden makes us laugh. Karl has made us hurt big time for a long time yet to come. Give me a clown over a Machiavellian any day. Just pray that President Obama stays well.

    April 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Tato

    Who's following Karl Rove? If anything, I remember a very unpopular adviser in the Bush administration that was instrumental in running the US economy into the ground.

    April 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. John

    How can anyone claim to know more about a private conversation between two other people? If Rove was not there, it is not possible for him to know if it is a lie or not. Common sense reveal Rove to be a liar, Roves history all but guarantees it!

    April 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Larry

    Rove is a pot calling a kettle black. He and the Bush Administration deceived people for years and he evidently believes that he still has that ability now. O course their deception was for the good of the American people. lmao

    April 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Steve Vaught

    First off it's embarrassing that our government officials are trading taunts like school kids at recess. But more importantly, the Bush crew had their opportunity to show how it's done, and they failed to do so. To now criticize the new crew is just ridiculous. It is the height of audacity.
    They need to accept that their scores have been posted and cannot be changed. The new crew is going to have their own record to be judged by but the old crew has shown that they're really not qualified to voice useful opinions.

    April 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Sharon

    How can Rove keep a straight face. The Bush administration was 8 years of lies, and Rove was the instigator.

    Let's see, who do we trust the most- Rove or Biden?

    I will believe Biden long before I would believe anything that comes out of the mouths of the Bush Administration.

    April 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. skeeve

    I don't know about Biden, nor yet, but pardon me asking... After 8 years of "missunderestimating" do you think Rove and company has any credibility left?

    April 10, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Howard

    Hey, Carl!
    It's over. You're reputation precedes you. Why don't you just go home and get lost in the crowd, until they subpoena you.

    April 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Monrob

    You've got to admit, “Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.” That is one grate line!

    Was Rove always behind Bush's behind, to know this didn't happen?

    I am inclined to believe Biden and not Piggly Rove!

    April 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Jay


    Karl Rove should look at the good 'ol phrase "Those who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones" and live by it! He has alot of never calling somebody a liar! He's the biggest liar in the history of this country!

    April 10, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. GAK

    We all know Carl Rove is a man of integrity, Why who else would out a CIA operative and then deny any knowledge of having done it.Certainly not Carl!!. It must have been a left wing liberal,not a staunch right christian conservative repub! OH Wait!! it was the liberal press that did it..Of course Carl owrks for the "We make it up and you decide" network so what should we expect from him..He has to get his sound bites in..

    April 10, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. R

    Carl, carl, carl...you had your fifteen minutes. Please go back to texas and crawl under that rock you used to call home.

    April 10, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Norm

    Rove should be careful or he'll soon be wearing a suit with horizontal stripes.
    PS Karl, don't leave the country, there are loads of folks that want to put you on trial for all your crimes.............

    April 10, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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