September 9th, 2010
08:31 AM ET
8 years ago

Biden says Bush deserves 'a lot of credit'

(CNN) - While President Obama took a measured tone in referencing his predecessor during the Oval Office address on Iraq last month, Vice President Biden appeared to go considerably further Thursday in his praise of former President Bush.

"I've never known a time when you didn't care about what happened. We disagreed on policy. You deserve a lot of credit, Mr. President," Biden, looking straight into the camera, told Bush during an appearance on The Colbert Report Wednesday night.

"Mr. President, thank you," Biden also said. "You've honored these guys. You've honored these women. You've honored these troops."

The comments surpassed those of Obama, who, in his address announcing the end of combat missions in Iraq, thanked the former president for supporting the troops but refrained from crediting him for his role in conducting the war – specifically his implementation of the surge strategy in 2007 that is widely credited with improving security conditions in the country.

The move riled many Republicans who say the risky strategy - which both Obama and Biden opposed when they were presidential candidates during the early stages of the 2008 race for the White House - was vital to bringing about an end to the conflict.

Biden also tried out a new gig Wednesday night, delivering hot dogs to Iraq War veterans in the show's audience – a move that was played off as a surprise to the mock conservative talk-show host:

"Hey, hot dog guy!" Colbert yelled.

"Hey, man – to you, it's Mr. Vice President hot dog guy!" said Biden, revealing his face. "Read your Constitution, man," Biden continued. "I got two constitutional duties."

"I thought it was just breaking ties in the senate?" Colbert responded.

"No, the other was giving hot dogs to returning warriors," said Biden.

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  1. Duane St.Petersburg Florida

    wow.....a little class from the VP.....our commander in chief should act with more class than playing the role of the angry black man....sarcasm and ridicule are all we hear from the oval office and it's very unbecoming and childish.

    September 9, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Pete

    "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

    The "Bush surge" Obama opposed as a junior Senator was so successful in Iraq Obama copied the "Bush surge" in Afghanistan.

    They are to busy blaming Bush, whose economy created 7 million jobs between 2003-2008 while Obama has LOST 4 million jobs in 18 months to admit he was right or give him any kind of credit.

    A recent poll in Ohio had 50% of those polled wishing Bush was still President...............thats credit enough.

    September 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Chaos

    Another Biden gaffe.

    September 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Gitmo still open, no prosecution of torture, expanded offshore drilling, a policy of throwing money at problems, a continuation of war, a healthcare law that is so watered-down it is invisible, and now praising the worst president ever. The Obama-Biden team sure are trying their best to alienate the people who elected them.

    The right-wing kooks are wrong: Team Obama is not bad (like Bush's mob). They are just incredibly mediocre and directionless.

    So, we voter get to choose between mediocre directionless liberals and crazy, downright nasty right-wingers. Lovely.

    September 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Marge

    If Bush really honored these military men and women as many times as he screamed and yelled, you can't do that, you can't do this, it will hurt the troops, why isn't he telling the nut case Terry Jones that what he is going to do will do more harm to the troops than the people saying the Patriot Act was unconstitutional. He won't cause he really doesn't have respect for the troops. And neither does any of the republicans who jump up and down in congess and lie about being patriotic. If they were they would condemn this act racist Jones is going to do.

    I don't care for Palin much but at least she is the only republican who has had the guts to come out against it.

    September 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Johnny

    Finally a Politician that is doing something for our Heros instead of telling there on there own. Maybe the rest of you that are running for political office should dedicate time and votes to help our service people, and quit cutting Vetrans Benefits. Freedom is not Free

    September 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Duck Fallas

    Bush watches the Colbert Report?

    September 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Rob

    No wonder I'm no longer a Democrat. Good luck Dems. I've switched to the Green Party. Most of your supporters from 2008 will be gone this year. And, when the teabaggers take over, you have nobody to blame but yourselves.

    Listen to the song, "Love Me, I'm a Liberal" by Phil Ochs. That is YOU. Real progressives like me are fed up with the nonsense.

    September 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Romney and Gingrich

    I'm no fan of Biden, but am glad that he was honest enough to give credit where credit is due.

    In the past, democrats have blamed Bush for getting us into the war, when both parties voted to go to war (including Hillary). It still appears that left wing bloggers and some ignorant voters have forgotten that.

    September 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. drp

    I would never ever praise George W Bush. He led the US into invading Iraq when he knew there were no weapons of mass destruction although he told the public there were these weapons. Thousands of US soldiers and tens of thousand Iraqis have been killed because of Bush.

    September 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. charlie from the North

    Bush was wrong. Wrong and dangerously so. I guess the VP was feeling generous. So in that spirit I would like to thank George Bush as well. Thank you for leaving office at the end of your term. I was so afraid Karl Rove would notice that "you could have served a third term because you were not actually elected to your first term.

    September 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. don

    Mr. Biden, thanks for the kind words about George W. Time will judge him as a strong leader and a man of his word...........

    September 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Susan in NC

    Credit for WHAT?

    September 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Stephen

    Wow. Probably the only good thing so far the administration has done so far.

    September 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Fed Up

    Is he trying to get in good with the Republicans? Does he think by praising President Bush that we will forget it was the Democratic controlled Congress that put us in this mess??? Good Job Mr. Biden. You were one of them.

    September 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Gale

    Guess the Democrats will stoop to anything to win elections in November, even to praising the man, they say, destroyed the USA. When they actually admit President Bush was not what they've been claiming, and it's his fault Obama's policies are not working out, our country might get to be #1 again instead of #4 in the world standings.

    September 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Michael in Houston

    extremely disappointed with your comments Mr Biden.
    Not only does it stand in total contradiction of your past comments and warnings about the Bush Presidency but it also stands out as a sickening gesture to this deplorable former leader.

    And I dont have a clue as to what you hope to gain by this. You are just empowering the lunatics on the right who will use this to launch attacks against you and the current administration.

    Thats about as dumb of a move as I have ever heard.

    September 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. John

    I think it's time for a new vice president on the next ticket.

    September 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Me

    The Bush Administration should be brought to justice for their various crimes against humanity and our country, including but not limited to:
    -Outing a CIA agent (THAT'S HIGH TREASON)
    -Warrantless Wiretapping
    -politicization of the DOJ targeting political opponents (i.e Elliot Spitzer)
    -Starting a war under false pretenses

    September 9, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. dominickspez

    Mr. V.P. Biden--you will now regain much of your lost credibility–I congratulate you for standing tall.

    September 9, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. nightshade

    ok, I watched this last night, and it's CLEAR he's giving bush credit for caring about the troops, not for the way he conducted the war.

    September 9, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. HR

    Totally laughable!!!! After "attacking" Bush like wild dogs for 8 plus years, now the Dems, have seen the light, People do not buy their constant attacks SO – in an election year they TRY to show voters that they are really kind and not the party of destruction.

    September 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. darla

    And this is the reason why he's only the vice President. He forgot to give credit to Bush about the mental illness and guilt of senselessly killing
    by this soldier for commiting this heinous act in the name of duty a duty to a President whose credibility on starting this senseless war is still so much in question.
    As for the tea partiers who claim they want to restore America's honour what kind of honour are they trying to restore. an honour where their president is being snub by other world leaders in a world summit meeting. Embarrassingly never knowing what door to use or where a reporter shoes is being thrown at him. Because I for a fact nobody want to have that kind of leader to represent a nation who claim to be superior than anyone.

    September 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. doug

    Might have something to do with who was in the audience. If the audience were hate-filled, mean, selfish, taker libs, he would be able to spew his left wing hate and lies.

    Think Obama would stand up in front of the troops and say that Christians "cling to their guns and religion"? Not, but he had no problem saying it to a bunch of hate-filled union cronies.

    September 9, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Steve in NC

    Who knows what goes on inside Joe's head? Why does this guy demean his office by showing up on this kind of show? Same goes double for Obama on The View. It isn't going to get them any votes here, and it makes them look stupid to other world leaders. No other person in high office would be caught dead on this kind of show.

    September 9, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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