September 16th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. S Callahana NYS

    Carville is right.....Presidents need to vent...to screen their private thoughts among those that are in their circle and suppose to be trustworthy. Heck, we do with it with our family members every day, and like the President should recieve..if wrong we are corrected and enlightened...that's what friends are for, right? ..... I think it's the lowest form of friendship when someone takes you comments and puts them in the wind , distorted, puked up, and thrown around. It's morally wrong, it's pure and simple , Gossip!

    September 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Carter James

    Carville, the snake head, taking aim at someone else? And calling HIM a dweeb?? Another incident of life gone mad. Carville occasionally says something interesting and relevant, even as he becomes himself less so.

    September 16, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Chris

    The comment that Carter doesn't allow people to have their own opinions below is hilarious. Yes, there is racism in much of the anti-Obama movement. It's been photographed. You can see the photos on this and other websites. Carter sees the racism and he names it.

    Nowhere does anyone say you can't believe what you want. It's the standard Palin tortured angle on first amendment rights. Your right to express an opinion does not mean nobody is allowed to contribute their own opinion as well.

    September 16, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Ain't life strange?

    Despite what my opinion is about Bush, I have to agree that this book is like blind siding someone and lacks any kind of respect for someone's private comments. Bush never needed help in putting his foot in his mouth, but some of the things in this new book would never have been said if he knew they'd be published. Latimer is a snake who is devoid of trust worthiness and loyalty.

    On a different note, if people want to post on an article, stick to the subject and leave you ignorant rants for the appropriate subject. Its almost like you never even read the article. Jeez

    September 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Gary

    I agree with Mr. Carville; conversations among the immdeiate staff of the President, whether Democrat, republican, or in-between should be kept confidential.

    September 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. I support the President!

    George W. Bush = the man who along with his republican cronies bankrupted and destroyed this country!!!!

    September 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Bush never had unemployment over 6%. I'll take THAT idiot over THIS 9.7% unemployment idiot any day of the week."

    Yeah, lucky for Bush he was able to stave off the economic collapse his tax cuts and trickle-down economic policies engendered until he was out of office so it would be someone else's problem.

    September 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Wake Up

    These books are ridiculous. These aids or speechwriters should have clauses that they can't write garbage like this.

    Carville is still a moron. He's part of the administration that chose to let Osama bin laden live. Thanks clinton and cronies...they were too busy doing interns.

    September 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. KirksNoseHair

    I agree with Carville. This is bad form. Besides, anyone with a pulse knows George W. Bush was the worst president in modern history.

    September 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Elly

    Carville is right
    Bush was the worst president in American History!!!!! period
    He is the last one who should have the right to sit back and judge President Obama !
    Obama has more intelligence than the two of them combined!

    Barney Fife and Darth Vader=2 crooks who direspected and changed
    the constitution to their liking

    September 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Roger

    What George W. Bush said in private should by no means be made public........speaking publicly with a carefully wriiten script the guy never sounded too bright. Can you imagine how dumb he is going to sound when we start hearing what he said on his own in private?

    September 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Gail

    Once again, Mr. Carville tells it like it is, straight talk! I like it.

    September 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    BUSH Says: ' THIS CAT?" Since when does Bush speak "HIP"? Thats an old jazz musician term.. Yeah, Bush really digs the arts and specially Jazz.. Bush and his family are closet racists.. Thats why Bush dragged his feet getting to New Orleans, our last great jazz oriented city.. Thank
    God he is no longer president..

    September 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Ren from Baltimore

    Carville was among a number of pundits and former Presidential aides who had the same opinion: What is said in private stays in private, especially in a potentially hurtful situation like this.

    Who is hurt? Palin, Obama, and Bush. Why? To sell a few more books, to try to earn a living after serving the government.

    Is the revelation really critical of any of the players? NO. Bush was blowing off steam-who else would know what it's like to walk in the President's shoes, especially in times of deep global turbulence, whatever the cause?

    Did what Bush say make him an ogre? NO. Does the revelation make the author an ogre, a turncoat? NO. Would anyone be surprised to hear anyone else, be it a President, governor, person on the street, had the same reaction as Bush? NO.

    September 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Billy J ..Texas..

    When I read how far off track folks are here. (blaming Obama for unemployment rising after less than a year would be one example) And how much it is all about 'my team' instead of the truth or a good or bad idea, I feel like we really are head for the dump. America has so much potential and seems to be throwing it all away for nothing. Sometimes I think the far right and far left would cut thier own noses off to spite their face. NUTS! And they are dragging us down with them.

    September 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Steve in North Carolina

    Too many radicals from both sides of the aisle posting here trying to grind their political axes.

    Carville is right on this one. If President Bush wants to say something to the public, he will say it. Unfortunately, President Bush is one of the few people with good manners and class who shows respect for the office of President. More should follow his example.

    September 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    It's all about hate. The hate for Bush is far deeper and saturated then anyone realizes and will be far years to come and justly so.There are still many 'closet' democrats out there. I truely believe that if the election were held again tomorrow Obama would win again and by an even greater margin then before, just based on Bush/rep. hate alone.Here in Texas if you want to stay alive socialy you need to talk and act like a republican but in the privacy of the voting bothe who knows?

    September 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. J.P.

    I'm a very conservative libertarian, and even though I vehemently disagree with the man on nearly every issue possible, I can't help liking James Carville.

    Don't know why. Just do.

    September 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Michael

    Carvelle is right again !!! I am no fan of Bush, in fact. he may well be the worst Pres we have ever had. Having said that he is entitled to some loyalty and privacy in his conversations.
    As to the poster Mark, who walked out on his wife's college graduation because Carville was speaking. You sir, have no class. You could not have endured it for the sake of your wife. If anyone is a disgrace it is you, sir. Your wife had ever right to be "mad as heck".

    September 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. sonny

    I never believed even in my wildest dreams that in eight years a party can destroy a surplus economy into a pile of ashes. Unbelievable….Now I do not know how many years it will take to bring it back to some stable form. Lot of talk of we reached the bottom of this freefall or so... whatever bush said or not said… he and his advisors were totally reckless or clueless in managing the economy.

    September 16, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Carol

    I like James Carville. He doesn't dance around with the usual political rhetoric and tells you exactly what's on his mind. I find that refreshing in today's politics. By the way, I agree with him on this one.

    September 16, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. kate

    I never voted for Bush and was never a big fan, but I agree with Carville on this one.

    I guess anyone can write a sleazy book just to make a buck.

    Very bad form indeed.

    September 16, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Ron In California

    This is the second time in ten years I agree with Carville. He's on a roll.

    September 16, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. ed

    I love President Bush!!! He was a great President.

    September 16, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Realistic

    I love right wingers who still adore Bush and his policies and attack Obama. As far as the book, I bet Bush did say that Obama has no clue. This of course is coming from a man who had a surplus and wated it and drove the country into almost ruins.
    And as long as people buys books like this, people will continue to write tell all books. But what do you expect, people buy Ann Coulters books and if she could sell books than anyone can make money selling garbage. Do not blame the people who writes the books but blame those who buy it. We feed the betrayal because of our need to destroy our political opposites.

    September 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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