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
soundoff (712 Responses)
  1. Kevin, Boulder, CO

    You might be a red neck if...

    September 7, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. Adrian, Navarre, Florida

    Our Honorable President has hit it right on target! America needs this kind of spirit to win this war!

    September 7, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  3. Lyons Steve

    Someone PLEASE shoot a Thorazine dart into this inarticulate idiot before his booger-encrusted fingers find some nuclear hot button.

    September 7, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  4. John Travis Midland, TX

    You can believe this folks just like WMD.
    What has this President done for Americans not including U.S.Commerce, China, Mexico, Canada, and India?

    September 7, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. Republicans lick balls

    Bush.....a cross between a fake Texas cowboy and a spoiled entitled Ivy League frat boy. A low life scum bucket who's always urged others on to fight while he's stood on the sidelines egging them on. A worthless, cowardly piece of human dung. He should just come out of the closet and announce what all Americans know....he's gay.

    September 7, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Lyons Steve

    "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.

    You're right, but it's even worse: he should have been sent to 'Nam as punishment for shirking his National Guard duty. He didn't even fulfill his commitment to the *National Guard*. He's a deserter. No one remembers him at all. He was doing things such as working on an Alabama congressman's campaign...or snorting coke, getting high and being an alcoholic.

    This "president" is a piece of garbage, and a national disgrace.

    September 7, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. Charles, Chicago, Illinois

    For the very few of you who wrote in suppoert of this moron. Let me type this very loud. IRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH 911AGAINIRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH 911AND ONCE MORE FOR EMPHASIS....IRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH 911.When will you nitwits understand that. This president took his eyes off the prize (Bin Laden) and instead took us into Iraq for no other reasons than vendetta and oil. And don't tell me what a bad person Saddam was. He was a murderous creep. But, guess what, there are murderous creeps in countries all across the Earth and we don't go around attacking them. Maybe that's because they aren't as "target rich" as that putz Rumsfeld likes to say. So again repeat this over and over again when you put Iraq and 911 in the same sentence...IRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH 911, IRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH 911, IRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH 911.

    September 7, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  8. Lyons Steve

    Ah Bush, its comments like these that make me proud he is a Texan. (And no im not being sarcastic).

    Geez. ANOTHER village in Texas has lost its idiot.

    Maybe they're related. ("Skeeter?" That you, Jeb?)

    September 7, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. Dave, Houston, Texas

    Yet another confirmation why Bush Co. needs to be unceremoniously impeached, ASAP.

    September 7, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  10. J. Travis Midland, TX

    He owns a ranch in Texas from the millions his daddy had. He couldn't make a go in business and daddy has taken care of him since. The Skull and Bones also help.
    But he was born in New Heaven, Connecticut in 1946. They came to Midland about 1953 and to Houston about 1956. JEB was born in Texas unfortunately.
    His chemical brain damage is a big factor in his behaviour.

    September 7, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. Lyons Steve

    Give the President some respect.

    He deserves nothing but a kick in the ass. He's lied, and shown disdain, arrogance and disrespect to everyone not kissing his brainless war that has grown the ranks of terrorists, he's done the same to the Constitution.

    I suggest you respect your own self more, and learn to think for yourself. This man is a menace, or should I say, his handler, Cheney – is a menace to everything this country stands for.

    September 7, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. Susan, Savannah, GA

    Absolutely appalling. He is an embarrassment to all Americans. When will this madness he is putting us through end??

    September 7, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. kevin2345

    Yet, this simpleton expects to make a lot of money in speaking fees after he leaves office. Who is going to pay, corporate america for being an obedient boy.

    September 7, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  14. Cameron Malstrom, Portland, OR

    This is so cool to hear. We ARE kicking ass. Bush is a pimp!

    September 7, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. Joe, Medford Oregon

    It's refreshing to hear this. This country is trying to be controlled by left-wing pansies — the same pansies who want to keep illegal immigrants in this country (the same illegals who are murdering people and molesting little girls).

    Posted By D.R., East Windsor, NJ : September 6, 2007 7:29 pm
    O.K. D.R., show me evidence that "illegals", when compared to legal Americans engage on average in anything more scary than washing dishes, picking lettuce, and paying taxes. The real pansies are right-wing racists who are afraid of anyone who speaks another language.

    By the way, I'm not afraid of blunt language from our prez, I just hate it when he lies or otherwise attempts to deceive, which is anytime he opens his mouth.

    September 7, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Give me your break you far-left liberal loonies. This actually was a very funny and serious comment by the President of the United States. We (the American military) are kicking (enemy's) ass. What is so complicated to understand here and why are you taking President's words our of context by guessing what could have been meant? President's comment is not embarrassing at all – in fact it just shows that he is a perfect human being, inhabitant of the Earth.

    Tell me something: are you always diplomatic and proper when you chat with your friends? You are a boring idiot if you do. The President was just having a lively conversation with a friend (ally) of his – he wasn't addressing any nation. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT?

    September 7, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. John, Euless, Texas

    It cracks me up reading some of these posts. If you say one thing that is not in support of the automatically are a "lefty" or a "liberal". All of you BUSH HUGGERS need to come up with some different one-liners. This president is a disgrace to our country and the world and it doesn't take a left leaning person or a right leaning person to realize that.

    September 7, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  18. Julie, Richland, WA

    ROFL!!! "kicking ass" – Bush is a dumbASS. I can't believe Americans voted him in office. Why not just vote for Homer Simpson(The Simpsons)or Peter Griffin(Family Guy) for President?

    September 7, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  19. maryann, muncie indiana

    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Even for someone as gaffe-prone as U.S. President George W. Bush, he was in rare form on Friday, confusing APEC with OPEC and transforming Australian troops into Austrians.

    Bush's tongue started slipping almost as soon as he started talking at a business forum on the eve of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney.

    "Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction," he told Prime Minister John Howard. "Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit."

    As the audience of several hundred people erupted in laughter, Bush corrected himself and joked, "He invited me to the OPEC summit next year." Australia has never been a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

    Later in his speech, Bush recounted how Howard had gone to visit "Austrian troops" last year in Iraq. There are, in fact, no Austrian troops there. But Australia has about 1,500 Australian military personnel in and around the country.

    Upon finishing his speech, Bush took the wrong way off-stage and, looking slightly perplexed, had to be re-directed by Howard to a centre-stage exit.

    But not before a veteran White House correspondent seized the opportunity to ask Bush whether there had been any new message in his speech. Apparently misunderstanding the question, he bristled and asked, "Haven't you been listening to my past speeches?" before turning away.

    Bush is no stranger to the occasional faux pas, and often jokes about his habit of mangling the English language.

    One of his highest-profile gaffes came in May when, at a welcoming ceremony for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, he nearly placed her in the 18th century.

    Then there was the famous incident at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg in 2006 when Bush, unaware he was on camera, greeted British Prime Minister Tony Blair with the words "Yo Blair."

    Bush's sometimes muddled syntax and mispronunciation of words like nuclear ("nukular") have long been fodder for late-night TV comedians. But aides say his folksy style has helped endear him to Middle America.

    September 7, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  20. Joe, Medford Oregon

    It's refreshing to hear this. This country is trying to be controlled by left-wing pansies — the same pansies who want to keep illegal immigrants in this country (the same illegals who are murdering people and molesting little girls).

    Posted By D.R., East Windsor, NJ : September 6, 2007 7:29 pm
    OK, D.R. Show me your evidence that "illegals", in addition to picking lettuce, washing dishes, and paying taxes are causing more mayhem on average than so-called fine, upstanding Republicans like yourself. Otherwise, consider yourself the real pansy for being a racist.

    September 7, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  21. Tom, Huxley, IA

    501 days. Just 501 days to go. We can do this.

    September 7, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  22. Jack, Hellhole, Texas

    As far as the Petraeus report goes it will be about as relevant as Westmorland's assessments of Vietnam. Generals always need more time, more lives and more patience to win a war. They never admit to failed policies. Ever! I fought in Vietnam and I know what war is like unlike our current Coward in Chief and I can tell you one thing we would still be in Nam if we listened to the generals. I lost friends. I lost parts of myself fighting a war for nothing. I am sick and tired of seeing the same thing all over again. The young die for the vanity of the old. If you support this war you are either a politician with something to gain or you have never fought in a futile war. McCain more than anyone should know this but he doesn't. Mores the pity.

    September 7, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  23. Mari, Mesa Arizona

    I am sorry to tell you that my granddaughter was shocked to hear the filthy language out of the mouth of our "Values" President and her suggestion was that "his mama should wash his mouth out with soap". I do wish we could count on this President to clean up his language. Shat sort of a message is he sending the youth of our country.

    September 7, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. Joe, Medford Oregon

    how did this midget ever get hold of the steering wheel.
    Posted By John Phillips : September 6, 2007 10:42 pm
    How? Well, we've got a lot of mental midgets here, like D.R. from East Windsor, NJ, unfortunately.

    September 7, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. Jack, Hellhole, Texas

    There may be a special room in hell for men like Westmoreland, who put his career above the lives of his men. I have seen enough lives sacrificed at the alter of ego and ignorance. Maybe if Bush had seen the horror of war he would think twice about starting one. What a contemptible fool.

    September 7, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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