September 7th, 2007
11:29 AM ET
9 years ago

Bush on Iraq: 'We're kicking ass'

President Bush will give his progress report on Iraq next week, based on information from Gen. David Petraeus.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq last weekend, he made clear he was pleased with what he saw.

"The security situation is changing," Bush told reporters during the visit. "There's more work to be done. But reconciliation is taking place."

But according to the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia, the president gave a more-to-the-point assessment to Australia Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile.

"We're kicking ass," Bush said to Vaile Tuesday, according the Herald, after the deputy prime minister inquired about his trip to Iraq.

On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino would not confirm or deny the reported comment. (Related Video: Jack Cafferty reads your e-mails on Bush's blunt talk)

This isn't the first blunt comment Bush was overheard making to a world leader. At last year's G8 summit, a live microphone picked up the president telling then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United Nations needs to "get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s**t."

- CNN's Elaine Quijano contributed to this report

Filed under: President Bush
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  1. David, Tyler, Texas

    This man allowed and encouraged the execution of a legally retarded prisoner in Texas.

    September 6, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Michael, Lakeside Michigan

    Know what would "kick ass"? Seeing George W. Bush held accountable for his crimes. But it will never happen. He is above the law. George has destroyed the Constitution and America may not survive.

    September 6, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. Dave, Umatilla, Oregon

    It's pretty obvious that if they had an old farm mule when King George was a child, it missed kicking his "ass" and got him in the "head." How else can you explain him? His dad is a good man; and, it must be hard.

    September 6, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. gregg

    And in what world does this man live in. Worst president....Ever

    September 6, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. JW Smith, Minneapolis, MN

    I agree that we are "kicking ass" in Iraq - unfortunately it's our own. Which makes me wonder, if W. kicked himself in the ass would he get a headache?

    September 6, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. karl rudolf

    Truly a man of the people, sophisticated to no end. I love it. Makes really proud to belong to the "greatest nation in history".

    September 6, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Jack, Hellhole, Texas

    I would like to apologize to the world for electing a blithering idiot with no common sense or tact. We have forced upon the world the dumbest, most bullheaded moron to ever hold a position of leadership. The American people are disgraced having this simple-minded yokel represent us. I know it is asking a lot but please forgive us for this clown's actions and statements. It will be a great day when we "kick his ass" out of the White House.

    September 6, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. Carter Couch

    I love listening to the liberal whine. Are you traitors getting nervous about the Petraeus Report? You should be considering your hoping for the US to be defeated in Iraq.

    September 6, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Monte Martin,Dunedin, Fla.

    Bush is a sick,sick man!

    September 6, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. jumpy, hollywood, california

    The funny thing isn't the phrase. Rougher language between peers is fine.

    The problem is the sentiments and context of George Bush are so empty-headed.

    If someone like Eisenhower had said "kicking ass" (or someone like Churchill saying the English equivelent) in a private conversation, it would of been part of a far deeper, more complicated conversation. Used as a brief counterpoint to break the flow and reorder it, or make a singular point.

    When Bush says "kicking ass", that is the depth of his thought on the subject. His analysis and grasp of the subject extends no further. To Bush, "kicking ass" is extent of his insight.

    I can honestly not picture him using any other sort of language to discuss complicated foreign policy issues.

    September 6, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Benson, Utica NY

    This president is the biggest low life to ever hold such a title. He's an embarrassment to this country. And a coward who hid under his daddy during the Vietnam war. A war that he so proudly referenced not long ago. I suspect that World leaders laugh at him behind his back, and at us. He represents our country when he shows his devilish face abroad and makes comments like "we're kicking ass" He's an idiot, and he's our president. And not an elected one at that. What is this country coming to? It's not funny Mr. Bush. YOU WOULD KNOW THAT IF YOUR DAUGHTERS WORE THE UNIFORM!!!

    September 6, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. John Phillips

    As a Canadian neighbour I am dumfounded at the adolescent insensitivity of Bush. In the land of intellectual and moral giants like Lincoln and Jefferson, how did this midget ever get hold of the steering wheel.

    September 6, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Amy, Florida

    ThirstyJon wrote:
    "It seems that some folks need this war to fail. What will it take to get the people in the "hate Bush" movement to set aside their prejudice and listen? There is some good happening and a potential for great things in Iraq."

    The country awaits the good word on the "some good happening". I listen intently every day, watch every news channel, read mass quantities of available reports and news. The problem is, no one is telling us what this "some good" is. Violence is down in one of the provinces? ok, that is "some good". What about the Iraqi military and police forces, how good are they doing? The Iraqi political process? What good is happening on the major political issues that currently preclude reconciliation between the factions? And by the way, how are we defining "victory"? Saddam is gone, no WMD to destroy or confiscate, haven't seen any Iraqi greeters with flowers lately...what is victory in Iraq? We all want "victory" but we need a LEADER to define victory once and for all and put into motion a strategy to achieve it. Clearly, Bush is not qualified for the job. Not hatin, just the plain truth. All Americans are and will pay for his ineptness far into the future I am afraid.

    By the way, wasn't it Osama Bin Laden that declared war on America? That would have been a victory even Bush wouldn't have to define if we had stayed on Osama Bin Laden's butt and caught him.

    No one wants to lose or fail. The Iraqi people deserve more from us - thanks to Bush and this insane occupation.

    Please stop with the ridiculous, simplistic mentality/rhetoric that people want to fail just because they question this administration. It serves no purpose.

    Quite frankly sometimes I just want to close my eyes and ears until Bush is out of office too...but instead I pray for our country, for our military, and for those innocent people whose lives we have taken and/or ruined with our illegal, unnecessary war and occupation.

    September 6, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Ben - Chicago, IL

    Jesus would be so proud.

    September 6, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. Benton Nelson, Indianapolis, IN

    The only kind of kicking ass I would like to see, is President Bush being kicked out of office. Go Hillary

    September 6, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. Justin, Kansas City, MO

    Adolescent, sophomoric, and immature. That's our president.

    September 6, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. pv, westford, ma

    wow, i am a teacher and i am not allowed to say such a thing to my students, and he's the POTUS, and he's saying it to deputy prime minister.

    September 6, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. Mike, Corpus Christi TX

    give me a ****ing break! "we're kicking ass".....pretty tough talk from a former air national guardsman who ducked out of his committment to go to Vietnam, because of wealth, favoritism, and family priveledge.


    September 6, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Bill Bloom, Doylestown, PA

    Pathetic. Heaven help us and may God forgive you, mr. bush, for you know not what you do!

    September 6, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Tom Dallas, Texas

    What distant planet does this fool live on? God please help us all, not to mention the thousands who have died and will die because of his arrogance and incompetence.

    September 6, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  21. pete

    I like it!
    I am also ammused how much you all seem to know about what is going on. Maybe if you just came from Iraq, you could see that in fact we ARE kicking ass!

    September 6, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  22. Dave, Hawaii

    "Bring 'em on."
    "Mission accomplished."
    "We're kicking ass."

    "I'm a comlete idiot," would complete the series.

    September 6, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  23. Kelsey Dawn, Kenner La.

    Not everyone can be in the service, silly. Some people have to lead, some have to be the brains.

    September 6, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Dave, Miramar Beach Fl

    Bush will be the first US President to be tried for War Crimes. Thanks GW for showing America what happens when you elect a redneck for president

    September 6, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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