December 1st, 2009
08:25 PM ET
3 months ago

Henry: Obama sounds 'a bit like Bush'

(CNN) – Interesting how much President Obama sounds a bit like President Bush. Immediately, the president went to 9/11 at top of speech, talking about threat from al-Qaeda.


Filed under: George W. Bush • President Obama
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  1. Annie, Atlanta

    I agree. And if he wants to rebuild this country, he needs to get our troops home and stop spending the national treasury on these wars!

    December 1, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Perry

    The attacks on the US were years ago and the war is unpopular, so the start to such an important speech had to remind people of the reason why the US ever went to Afghanistan and Iraq

    I think it was absolutely necessary to mention is, especially as the war is not popular today. President Bush had an easy ride because Americans were angry after 9/11. Pres. Obama does not have that luxury, so it is only normal that he invokes 9/11 to explain to the cadets, Americans and the world at large why is it necessary for these troops to be deployed

    December 1, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. ltl lulu

    Why are you so surprised about this Ed? I mean isn't that where ALL of this started? And since it was started, now we must finish it. He did not sound like Bush at all. Just because he mentioned 9/11 does not mean he sounds like Bush.

    December 1, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. frank a Vet

    the difference is that Obama is full of bull and Bush was not.....
    did you see how they were falling asleep in the audience?

    so now he likes the result of Iraq and he believes in the fight in Afganistan....? WOW
    Bush left him the planes for Afganistan.....he pretends they are his
    he is a fake
    long speech for so little

    December 1, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Susan

    Oh, Ed, give it a rest please!

    December 1, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Gentwelve

    To the troops, these are your orders:

    You are ordered to begin the mission in December 2010

    The goal is to revenge for the 9-11 attacks and conquer our enemy

    You have until Juy 2011 to accomplish the mission

    I have faith that they will follow their orders and we as nation must support them.

    Screw the poloiticians that complain regardless of party

    December 1, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. No Hillary = No Obama

    Yes we can what? Send more troops to get killed in a corrupt land? The blood is on the hands of Obama, such a disappointment, such a weak person. The joke is on the American people who voted for this guy – just like Bush – only Obama uses his oratory to make it sound more refined than cowboy Bush – it's all the same in the end.

    December 1, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. republicans hate america

    yeah but unlike bush ,Obama is keeping focus on the people that actually caused 9/11 you idiot!

    December 1, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. TCM

    Al-Qaeda is a threat, Henry, you idiot...the reason Obama's dithering is because he is forced to act against his muslim brothers....so, he's trying to walk the line of not offending them, and trying to make the terrorists stop...sorry, Barry, it's going to come down to we destroy the muslim extremists, or they continue on, and move into this country even more. We need a president with a spine.

    December 1, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. FB

    Another imperialist speech. Sounds like El Duce before he send troops into Africa.

    December 1, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. JJ

    What a bore, he's putting the cadets asleep. This is nothing but another campaign speech....

    December 1, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Tom from Ohio

    The difference being, THIS president is directing the war to the RIGHT country to fight.

    December 1, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Brenda in Detroit

    With an huge amount of disappointment, I have to admit this is true. I thought finally, someone can stand apart from the others. But sadly, this is not the case. You are losing ground, Obama, with the very people who put you where you are. This is a sad day, indeed.

    December 1, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Darrie

    Yep, he's sounding a lot like Bush when it comes to war-mongering. I wonder if they both know something we don't....! If so, it's about high-time they fill the public in on WHY they BOTH feel that it's SO NECESSARY to put a financially stricken USA into an extremely costly war.....

    December 1, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. karen

    how could anyone sound like the bumbler bush. obama can speak, and can give a intelligent speech. bush couldnt back what he was doing he just said i am going to war, and lied about the reasons.

    December 1, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Vets4Obama

    Obama said we were going to invade Iraq? Hmm, if not, then it sounds nothing LIKE Bush. Obama actually has a plan, Bush only had a map.

    December 1, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    President Obama has no intentions of continuing to keep Karzai and his drug lord brother on taxpayers payroll.

    December 1, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. mar

    The difference is al-Qaeda was not in Iraq until we got there,and Bush always equated Iraq with al-Qaeda. Now we are equating the right bad guy with the right place, Bush broke it now we fix it.

    December 1, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Robert

    Get Real!

    Barack Obama will NEVER sound like George Bush. Obama can complete a sentence. Obama can articulate an idea.

    That they both referred to 9/11 means nothing because the war began on account of 9/11. Referring to it is an obvious part of any dialogue

    December 1, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Dale

    A bit like Bush, eh? Well which randomly selected country are we going to invade then?

    December 1, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. JIM

    Why not say anything you can to get re-elected, it worked for BUSH when you are from Chicago you never ignore a good LIE to get ahead.

    December 1, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Marie Laveaux

    Perhaps, but President Obama was referring to Afghanistan, not Iraq. Bush merely used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq without cause. Obama was correct in reminding all of us that the plot to attack us was mastermined in Afghanistan, and the guy who did it is still there or nearby. Of course, Bush also mentioned 9/11 nearly every time he gave a speech, to make himself look like he was doing such a great job protecting us, or to get what he wanted from the public or Congress.

    December 1, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Steve

    The difference is that Bush was talking about Iraq the majority of the time, whereas Obama is talking about Afghanistan, where there actually were connections to 9/11.

    December 1, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    Of course he sounds like Bush; people with a brain know that Bush did what needed to be done and Obama knows that. He's just trying to figure out how to copy Bush and not get slammed by liberals.

    December 1, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. shelly pruss

    The president did not sound at all like George Bush. Bush would not be able to sustain a speech that long and would have mentioned 9/11 at least 10 or more times. As he slouched over the podium. And flubbed his words.

    December 1, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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