April 10th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
5 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. Randy Lewis

    Biden is a piece of trash. I wish nothing but the best of luck to the Obama administration, but they will soon learn that this job is not a cake walk. Biden better keep his mouth shut because what goes around comes back around and he's going to need all the friends he can get, not alienate them. Trust me when I say that Obama did not win the presidency because of his pick of vice president. He could have done a lot better. Next to Ted Kennedy, Biden is the second biggest blow hard and worthless politician in Washington. As Mr. Rove said you better leave your little fantasy world and come back to reality. Your 15 minutes of fame is fleeting. I hope Mr. Obama hasn't already regretted choosing Biden as V.P. Biden, let me tell you.....you were not even worthy to be in the same room as President Bush and I highly doubt that President Bush would have ever let a piece of scum like you in the same room as he was in. I'm sure if he did, he probably had the rugs steam cleaned and the room fumigated after you left!

    April 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. The truth squad

    Its about time republicans start calling out biden and his hemchmen he claims that Pres Bush made us less safe which is a LIE and belied by todays report by the chief counter terrorism official who spoke about Vast imppovements over the last 8 yrs!

    April 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. lark

    I can't believe cnn bothers to cover anything Karl Rove says. This story should have been in The Enquirer. Shame on CNN for giving lowlife Karl Rove exactly what he wanted.

    April 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Ursula

    Karl Rove.... All I can think of typing right now is "ew"!!!! He's pure evil.

    April 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Bill NY

    Ah, yes! Karl Rove, one of the architects of the current state of this country. I guess someone like him knows no shame and will never know shame for what he has helped to do to this country. If Biden is a blowhard, then Rove is the emperor of blowhards to the 10th power!

    April 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    [Everyone stretches the truth]---Karl Rove being one of them. It like the pot calling the kettle black.

    April 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Mark

    If the shoe fits....

    April 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Mike

    Biden is a liar. Take train home to Delaware and stay there VP.

    April 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Sam Sixpack

    The good news: the out of office liars will no longer hurt you.

    The bad news: the in-office liars will hurt you, and you won't find out just how bad until later.

    April 10, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Robert

    Why does the current VP feel the need to slam his predecessors? Shouldn't he be looking forward and working to move the country towards his agenda? Regardless of how you feel about Bush's agenda or Obama's agenda....Obama and Biden have to be the most unprofessional administration in the history of the USA.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. J Bailey

    Absolutely amazing that this entirely dishonest and twisted man has the nerve to say these things. I was a Republican for my entire life until Karl Rove, Bush Cheney etc made me into a Democrat. I am one of millions. Bless Biden and Obama for getting the country back on track. As the others said; he belongs in jail along with Scooter.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Rove and Cheney belong in prison cells. These two whackos remind me of the villain on 24 Redemption right now.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. M

    To all the partisans here, regardless of what you think of Bush, his administration, or his advisors, it does not change the fact that the CURRENT VP is fabricating (I'm being kind here) stories.

    So where's the "Change you can believe in!"

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

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

    So you thought you were "safe" when most of the world thought we had idiots running the country and, in fact, the country was being run aground by the likes of Rove, Cheney, and Madoff, not to mention unregulated mortgage broker sharks, out-of-control insurance companies and most of our armed forces tied up fighting a hopeless war in Iraq and largely unable to respond to actual threats?

    Most of us want nothing to do with that kind of "safety". The election proved that. The 2010 election will prove that most of us do not want obstructionist Republicans in Congress, either.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. WaitandSeeIndie

    Not only is Biden a liar (and a buffoon), but also a plagiarizer. Some of you do remember a few years back, when he was running for President, and he used someone elses speach. That sort of ended his run for the White House. But as all good politicians (either party) and rats do – he slipped in through the back door. He does like to make himself important though. Such a shame, he isn't at all. They use him for a doorstop at the White House. I hear he's doing a great job.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Brian, Edmond OK

    i know a good way to gets these people to shut their mouth, put them on notice that their criminal actions are no longer going to be protected by the White House.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Cfriden

    "Takes one to know one. " And then there's "Consider the source."

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Rich

    Rove should look n the mirror he is everything he accuses others of being. Read Carl Rove's sad background in Wikipedia, he is a disgrace.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Denise

    Karl Rove, you have got to be kidding me! Is there actually anyone left that would believe a word you said? You calling Biden a liar and an exaggerator is a hoot! Does the name Valerie Plame ring any bells?

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Jer

    The more Rove and Cheney open their mouths, the more the Democratic majorities in Congress will grow.

    April 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    And why is Karl Rove not in jail for ignoring Congressional subpoenas? Let's see what happens to you or me if we blow off a subpoena! Rove was instrumental in the Bush/Cheney eight year long trashing of America on nearly every level.....just what must one do to be charged with treason if he has not?

    April 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Grimm

    VP Biden's time would be better spent trying to ease the pains this country is currently under. Let Rove and former VP Cheney say what they want. When it's wrong, simply counter with the facts. When it's personal, ignore them. If by some chance they're right, then acknowledge it and continue to move forward.

    I for one hope they just go away. Let's help them out with this by ignoring them. CNN, you've got to do your part by cutting this type of stuff out of your posts.

    April 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Hmmmm....

    Who, with any kind of mind, listens to Biden.
    Biden is good for a couple reasons. He proves to us all that we can become anything we want to become.

    A they say- every town has a character- Joe is the countries #1 character- good thing everyone overllooked and held their noses when they voted. I donl;t say this to be mean...Joe is a very good friend of mine. :)

    April 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Look at the facts.....

    No terrorist attacks under Bush for 8 years-–that's the bottom line--his techniques work-Biden has done nothing.

    Obama can't even rescue an American ship and its Captain held hostage by 4 Somalis in motor boat. Obama is a joke and a clown.
    He's laughed at by every foreign leader he's met, especially the Saudi King whom he bowed down to in an ugly act of subservience.

    April 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Jon in Texas

    As it turns out, Biden was the FIRST mistake Obama made when choosing his running mate, cabinet, staff, etc.

    Biden has certainly not done himself any favors since being named as Obama's running mate. He repeatedly is involved in attacking the previous administration rather than looking forward to helping cure some of the country's ills.

    Although he's not the leader in name, he most certainly is the leader in spirit of the Democratic Hate Machine (formerly known as the DNC).

    April 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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