May 21st, 2009
03:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush didn't watch Cheney, Obama speeches

Bush missed both Obama and Cheney's speeches Thursday, a source tells CNN.
Bush missed both Obama and Cheney's speeches Thursday, a source tells CNN.

(CNN) - So what did former President Bush think about President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney's dueling speeches on national security policies Thursday?

He didn't watch them.

A source close to Bush said the former president was traveling at the time, enroute to New Mexico where he is the keynote speaker Thursday night at a fund raising dinner for a scholarship program for students at Artesia High School.


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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    With yesterday's arrest of the domestic terrorist suspects, which was possible through the security policies and provisions set up by Bush and Cheney, we remain safe. Obama wants to change all of that.

    Cheney is a rare patriot who is also an incredibly safe pair of hands. Compare that with the Biden, Pelosi, Reid, Obama fly-by-night "the terrorists can be our friends" circus... What a joke.

    May 21, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    G.W. Bush makes no comment because he is out of office and I'm sure he wishes Cheney would shut up too and go back to his secure undisclosed location but Cheney must continue to spread his fear among the American people. It is his only way of maintaining control over the government. Well he thinks he is maintaining control when in reality he is no more than a citizen shooting off his lip.

    May 21, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Slowgun

    Who is George Bush?

    May 21, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. chuck

    Edwin...

    are there any pictures of obama around when he doesn't look like curious george? hahahahahahahahahahaha

    May 21, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. James M. Holmes

    He was too busy coloring with his crayons on important documents with titles like – "Osama bin Laden determined to strike US"...

    I just love all these idiots like "New Yorker" (pretty sure most real NY'ers would punch you in the face) who state that Bush and Cheney kept us safe while totally ignoring the FACT that 9/11 happened on THEIR watch!!!

    May 21, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Tulsa

    Oh my, the right wing idiots are turning out in record numbers today!
    Must have been a "rush" to judgement!

    Thank God the solid malority of America knows a rotten Cheny when they hear it.

    May 21, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Pekay

    Instead of asking "Why" he didn't listen to the speeches, and knowing him as we do, wouldn't it be better to ask "Would he have understood them?" My guess is "No." He barely understood things when he was being paid to listen – now the financial and glory incentives are gone I would be surprised if he finishes his current "Scooby-Do" coloring book with his 16-count Crayola's.

    May 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. @J IN CHICAGO

    Hasn't the temperature got warmer in Chicago because your Brain must still be frozen if you think Cheney is smarter, better speaker than President Obama. Cheney should be arrested torture monger.

    May 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Jake

    you mean our Do-Nothing President, is now a Do-Nothing Former President?

    enjoy your retirement now that many in our nation never will!

    thanks for NOTHING, Mr Bush!

    May 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. eric

    J in Chicago put it best. What else needs to be said!!!

    May 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Biff Biffington

    J in Chicago..

    Obviously your mind was made up about these speeches back in 2001.

    Way to be open-minded.

    May 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    I'm tired of hearing you right wing idiots claiming the Bush Administration kept us safe for the last 7 years. Well what about the first 235 days? When you answer that one, then we'll talk.

    May 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. eric

    JOE I didn't know that Cheney was a war criminal. Can you give some evidence of that. You should be waterboarded!!!

    May 21, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Matt in SoCal

    What strikes me as most amusing about this is not so much that Bush is traveling, but where he's traveling to. He's going to a high school fundraiser. The former president of the United States is keynote speaker at what is a glorified bake sale. Hilarious.

    May 21, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. stormerF

    I don't belive Gitmo is a rallying cry for terrorists. Remember the Alamo,is a rallying cry. Remember GITMO,does not even sound like a rallying cry.....Obama said there will have to be a facility to hold those who are combatants,In other words a Gitmo West,Or Gitmo East,Just not Gitmo?? Why not use the facilities we have open now,like Gitmo? why build a new one and waste the money?

    May 21, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. scholarship program?

    Bush is wise not to get in the sand box with the big boys

    he is better to go back to crayons and soft food

    May 21, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Jeffer65

    Bush's silence shows that he was never in charge. It was Cheney pulling his strings all along.

    May 21, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. ghost

    Since everyone else is following suit, let me continue.

    If the interrogations prevented attacks, why doesn't Chenney expound on that. Tell us who, what, when and where? Why wait on the briefs. Believe me, if he did that, the briefs would come out one way or another.

    May 21, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Richard L

    Bush:
    Failed to prevent 9/11
    Attacked a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11
    Fought against establishing the Dept. of Homeland Security
    Fought against having the 9/11 Commission
    Took the month off for vacation right before 9/11
    Fought to turn port adminstration over to an Arab country
    Told us that he just wasn't that concerned about bin Laden
    No wonder he had the highest disapproval rating.

    May 21, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Maria Loi

    Former President Bush is doing the right thing, he is moving on. Dick Cheney had caused enough harm to him and he had enough of him. He had dealt with the current President during the domestic transition and must had find the current President a nice chap like him so he is not going to take side.
    Now,smart, nice guy! I wish him all the best!

    May 21, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Hagerman

    Well, government was never GW's long suit anyway.

    May 21, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. tjaman

    He's being a fine example of a private citizen. Good for him.

    May 21, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. concerned citizen

    OK, some of you people are way out of line . . . not that I agreed with pretty much anything that Bush did the 8 yrs in office, but he's living his life after his presidency with class . . . and do you blame him for not wanting to get back into the mix of things? I don't know why Cheney doesn't just let things go . . . he's coming off as bitter and classless.

    May 21, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. New Day

    Man, dont repubs EVER get tired of being scared lil cowards?

    May 21, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. liberal in maine

    obama says we are less safe and offers no facts.

    Cheney says we are less safe and prevented attacks and offers no facts

    Why should Bush watch . the "president" of the previous administration was speaking

    May 21, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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