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

    James Carvillie, is right. The problem is that the far-right refuses to see their obvious ignorance, hypocrisy and hatred.

    However, I did a little research, and this hatred of the GOP towards Democratic presidents is nothing new:

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt – had Fr. Couglin! A Catholic priest, who spewed hate towards FDR, calling him a communist! Sound familiar?

    Truman – had Sen. Joe McCarthy, and his witch hunt! Finally, McCarthy was reigned in by members of his own party, the GOP, said enough! McCarthy nearly destroyed the fabric of Freedom!

    John F. Kennedy – the John Birch Society, do I need to say any more?

    Bill Clinton – Had the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell, etc.

    And now...... President Obama has the Tea-Baggers, and the rest of the far-right-fringe. PLUS President Obama is African-Americans, which brings out all the racists!

    I am convinced that the GOP wants to destroy our Union. That's the only explanation for the hate, lies, fear and division they promote.

    September 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Poli_Trixs

    Why is everyone pilling on the POTUS? The Campaign was a media circus. The presidency has turned into a circus. This probably wont make the list, but Bush lost his credibility after we went to Iraq and found no weapons of MASS Destruction and a flurry of other stumbles along the way with his administration. Now opponents want to stripe Obama of credibility when he walked into a house on fire. Everything with the republicans is what if this, what if that. What do you think will happen if your trying overhaul a failing insurance industry that has worked for its self and not the American people for like 50 years. We wont get perfection sorry to inform you idiots!! but what we will get is something that works a lot more in the favor of the American people. Politics Make me Sick!!!

    September 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    So Bush said Obama was clueless? Anyone who did not know this before he took office can clearly see that this is true now. So what's the issue? It's like saying the grass is green.

    September 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. John H-town

    ...................anything says in private should remain private, Bush was a bad president, but i think Bush is a good man, Personaly i love him not his presidency. He was the only white man that had two blacks secretary of states.

    September 16, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Susan in Warrenville

    I agree with Carville that most private Presidential conversations should remain private.

    But Lattimer is obviously an idiot. I read in one excerpt that he says Bush was disappointed that he offered to campaign with McCain, and McCain couldn't get 500 people to show up in Arizona. Bush said, "I could get 500 people to show up in Crawford!"

    It is obvious that McCain didn't WANT Bush to campaign with him, and his only hope of winning was to distance himself from Bush. (In fact, at times McCain almost seemed to be running against Bush, rather than against the Democrats.)

    But rather than insult Bush to his face, McCain told him the turnout would be too low.

    If Latimer couldn't figure that out, he's too stupid for words. Why would I buy his book?

    September 16, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Common Sense

    Carville is a waste of matter and space, just like Limbaugh...

    September 16, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Lynne

    Carville is right no matter what "side" you are on. An elected official, unless it is somehting that invloves illegal plans or actions, must be able to talk in privacy with his own staff.

    Everyone says things in conversation that may be hyperbole, spoken without much thought or involving a private opinion. People who wrute tell all books are callously "cashing in" often with no way of verifying their claims.

    People should boycott this book.

    September 16, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Jeffer65

    Everybody writes a book these days, everyone is an "expert.". Who actually reads these books?

    September 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Diana, upstate NY

    No matter what Bush has to say now or ever, will always be lies.
    He and Cheney wronged out country for eight years. We do not
    need to hear from him anymore. He was the worst President
    we ever had and hopefully the last one of such small mindenest.

    I applaud President Obama for his intelligence and how he is
    handling all the difficult issues of each day facing him.

    September 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Dave

    Uh, has Mr. Carville ever looked in the mirror? Geesh.....
    If you live in a glass house, don't throw rocks.
    BTW, except mooch off the DNC, exactly what does he do for a living?

    September 16, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. TCM

    Carville wants somebody slapped? He needs to step up to the front of the line. That rude, mousy looking dufus should shut up and go back to his rat hole.

    September 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Tim

    I agree with James Carville.

    September 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Captain D

    I agree with Carville. Like him or not, true or not, when the president says something in confidence to the people who work for him, he has an expectation that those things will remain in confidence. However, just like a money hungry repugnantcan, his former speech writer is only concerned with money and will stop an nothing to obtain it. What a pathetic moron he is.

    September 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. whaley41

    Every little punk wants to make money from a book, no matter who it degrades. I hope he sells ZERO books!

    September 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Lissa

    Wow – because he's a Dem, the Republicans on this board just take aim at James Carville. Wake up – he's defending Bush's right to privacy! It's Latimer who is wrong, not James Carville! But the obvious thing, to Conservatives, is to bash Carville, or any other Democratic strategist, because he's not a republican, no matter what he's saying. LISTEN to the gist of his comment and give him credit for defending the guy y'all voted for.

    And my opinion? Latimer won't be trusted by any employer in the near or distant future. You don't write a tell-all book where you spill conversations held in confidence and confidentiality. And frankly, I'm not sure I believe what he said either. Latimer ought to be ashamed of himself for trying to capitalize on his 15 minutes.

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

    Did I really do it? I never thought it could happen! I agree with James Carville! Latimer is a punk.

    September 16, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Percy Anson

    Aided by wise counsel from his sweet conservative wife, Carville is at last growing up and old and mellowing. He has been a major hate monger toward the republicans - any republican - but now it seems even he sees how much he would prefer Bush in office to what we have now.

    September 16, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. normajean

    What a strange world we live in.Imagine George Bush saying anyone "Hasn't a clue" If ever there was an illected official that didn't have "a clue" It was he. this man was led around by the nose as if he was a child. He didn't ever think for himself. His father and the Cheneys of his world did his thinking for him. What a joker.

    September 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Va 4 Obama

    Like Bush, with his below average IQ, was qualified to run this country. It's obvious he was the one uncapable, as he left us in a terrible mess!!!

    September 16, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. bj

    This is the first time I've agreed with Carville in my life. Well spoken and to the point.

    September 16, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Dilligaf

    Who let this useless slug crawl out from under his rock?

    September 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. G2

    I agree with James. Presidents need to be candid and are at time clumsy with what they say behind closed doors. Aids publishing their recollection of casual conversations are embarrassing and sometimes inaccurate. This book was inappropriate, although I agree with some of the things that President Bush apparently said. lol.

    September 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Carville is an unemployed democrat hack.

    September 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Char

    I am not a fan of George W, but his private conversations should have stayed private. Just like the off the record comment President Obama made about Kanye should have not been put on twitter. This goes to show that all people are interested in is the "Almight Dollar," and Ratings. Trash Talk sells!

    September 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    What a president says in private, should be "off the record" as they say, UNLESS it damages the country. Nixon was the biggest abuser of "off color" comments, but he was stupid enough to have it taped. Then it became a public record. Bush 43 made enough "gaffes" on his own in public that were caught on tape, like saying something to the extent "that if this were a dictatorship it would be great, and I'd be the dictator." Now that's damaging to the country.

    September 16, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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