May 21st, 2009
03:20 PM ET
6 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. cakejab

    Is this sweeps week??? Chaney co-president??? Why is he given equal time with our sitting PRESIDENT. Shouldn't Cheney be supporting our President as he expected us to do while he was in office?

    May 21, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Laura Turner

    Why should we be surprised? He never read newspapers or watched newscasts while he was President. Why would we expect him to change?

    May 21, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Tim

    Boy, talk about bias. Obama's post on his terrorism speach has 160+ comments. Cheney's post on his terroism speach has 2 comments.

    I wonder what side of the ideological spectrum CNN falls?

    May 21, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. AmericanFirst

    marke from NY May 21st, 2009 12:58 pm ET

    bush is a moron. cheney is an empty- brain.
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    TELL SANDY BERGER THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE DIM PARTY

    May 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. RE

    LN – it says that he is just like every other President. Or do you not know that Bill Clinton speaks at high schools as well? Probably to find his next Monica, but you know.

    Should we assume Michelle's best gig was speaking to a bunch of kids a few weeks ago when she spoke at a school? Silly comment.

    May 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Sharon Kitchen

    oh ...........realy..........does not surprise me........................

    He lives in the land of "nod".

    May 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Bill

    Maybe the dimwit realizes things went terribly wrong during his "presidency" and he should new at least keep quiet.

    May 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. GOPer

    Really, Bush didn't pay attention to anything happening around him? Nice to see nothing has changed in his world.

    May 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. John

    Jin, please don't use Chicago to describe yourself. Chicago is a world-class city and clearly you have none. Say you are from some remote backwater or something.

    May 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. ALY

    J in Chicago
    You said : obama says we are less safe and offers no facts

    I say: Did we watch the same speech? Watch it again, that's is NOT what he said.

    May 21, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    If you believe that Bush, Cheney and their family of fascists hadn't planned all this media blitz justification blather when they decided they would break the law by torturing people, then you are a fool and have been fooled twice. Your shame shines like a sun.

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. AmericanFirst

    Catana Barnes May 21st, 2009 12:52 pm ET

    This is no surprise. George Bush has always avoided the truly tuff issues and the issue surrounding his and Dick's approval of torture IS a HUGE issue…criminal at best!!!
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    CRIMINAL????

    YOUR PARTY WOULD NOT EXIST IF NOT FOR SANDY BERGER AND CLINTON

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Rob

    Bush didn't need to watch them. Cheney is intelligent and speaks the truth. As for Obama's speech, if Bush wanted to watch bull crap he could just go out on his farm and see it, no use staying in, especially if it was a nice day. Besides, the bull crap on his farm would serve some useful purpose. Well, I suppose Obama's will too for the lib-iots, Code Pink, and MSNBC.

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Michael in Ventura,CA

    Memo to Cheney: WE WON- YOU LOST- GO AWAY!

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Imarriedmysister in TheOleSouth

    Cheney sounded good,just like Mussilini did before he got what he deserved.

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Kansan

    Bush didn't watch Cheney, Obama speeches...he was watching Sponge Bob

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. 8 years 4 sure

    ARE YOU KIDDING? Thanks President OBAMA for showing class!!!
    The majority of the republican party can learn from you!
    ...I totally give up on Cheney, his brain is warped with evil.

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Mississippi Mike

    I wouldn't either. There's nothing he can do at this point so why get upset about what's going on?

    May 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. enoughisenough

    Lookk at all the Bush-bashing-but God forbid if we say something negative about the UNAMERICAN PRESIDENT in office now, who loves to bash America and Americans.

    May 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Alex

    I don't have the highest regard for GW Bush, but I will give him credit to taking the high road. While Cheney has been, frankly, dishonoring himself by coming off as the ultimate bad sport, and even Condie Rice has shot her mouth off, Bush has stayed respectfully silent. Whether he stays on Obama's Christmas card list the way Clinton and Bush Sr have, is another story.

    May 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Jeff, TX

    Why not skip them? I agree with Bush on this one. Cheney will not say anything Bush hasn't heard or said even. For Obama's, Bush has already shown that he will refrain from public comment, which I think is quite appropriate (in contrast to Dick, "the self-preservationist" Cheney). As a US citizen, I'm sure Bush can catch up like the rest of us (seriously).

    May 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. ArtNYC

    This is ridiculous. Bush gets ripped even for doing a good deed and raising money for a school in need of tuition money. How low of the left wingers.

    May 21, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. RLE

    I think Bush wants to move on from his mistakes and yes he made mistakes but Cheyney won't let him. I think it's a ploy by Cheyney to get Bush indicted along side him because Cheyney is still ticked at Bush for not pardoning Scooter Libby

    May 21, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. proud army navy mom

    i personally respect george w for not jumping into this debate.

    He never jumped into running the country, dick pulled the strings, just like he is trying to do now, but nobody's responding to his barking.,

    May 21, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Bob W.

    To the extent Bush and his teammates accept their irrelevance and remain out of the public eye, the chances for a resurgence of moderate Republicans, the "big tent" increase.

    May 21, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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