September 7th, 2007
11:29 AM ET
8 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. Roger Bloomington Indiana

    What a tough guy Bush is...he displays his manliness, through the manliness of OTHER men.
    His record as a "man" is already known.

    September 7, 2007 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. joeseph, armada, michigan

    he should have landed in bagdad, the base he landed at is way out in the dessert and if they cant secure that then all of the military are incompetitent. The tribal leaders have secured that area and warned they will turn against us eventually !! remember? you can win the battles and loose the war as demonstrated by the murders lbj and nixon in vietnam and the stupidity of bush and his generals in iraq. general Giap no doubt is shaking he head in amazement at how his stragedy has blunted a second american army and that the generals of the untied states did not learn from vietnam but make the same life wasting mistakes.

    September 7, 2007 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  3. Lauren, Chepachet, RI

    I think what needs to happen is that someone needs t KICK BUSH'S ASS – What an arrogant statement- And so it goes!

    September 7, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  4. brooklyn, NYV

    This Bush has got to go down in American history as the worse president regardless of what historians come up with. Why? Because "We were there – first hand." The guy is over his head!

    AMERICANO

    September 7, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. Scott, Newport, KY

    There are a lot of hateful and mean people in the world, and many of them post on this site. I'm appalled by the content of the comments I'm reading. Please show some respect to our President.

    September 7, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. GEORGE, Bay Shore NY

    President Bush is being honest. Because of him some 650,000 Iraqi's have been killed, 6 million displaced, People out of Jobs, Little to no clean water, little to no schooling, people loosing their livelyhoods, belongings, gang and militia violence, kidnapping, and a country in a state of utter ruins. GW has made Saddam Hussein look like a Hero. SHAME ON YOU GWB, and SHAME ON ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS SUCH A CRIMINAL.

    September 7, 2007 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  7. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Remember that Howard is a theocrat as well, and bush's comment was just a "high five" amongst fellow crusaders.What should be a concern to the FBI is that there are subversives posting right here on this site who should be investigated before they blow up something.This attempt to overthrow our democracy by these theocrats is a far worse cime against our country than any foreign fighters.I hope to see the FBI "connect the dots" and find the real source of this phony terror plot.

    September 7, 2007 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  8. P. Torres

    What do you expect from a guy who got C's in college? Seriously - this is an unbelievably stupid comment. If nothing else, Bush ought to be impeached for exuding stupidity wherever he goes. Go America!

    September 7, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  9. Barry Harvey, Kentville, Nova Scotia

    President George W. Bush is akin to other former leaders. Men like Louis XVI of France, Czar Nicolas II of Russia, and President Mikhail Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R. Men who were fine working as a greeter at Wal-Mart but deserving no position of power. None fully understood the country they ruled or how to keep it from flying apart. Why? Limited intellect, limited talent, and in the case of at least three of them it was handed to them and not earned. It's that simple, to govern well you must have earned it the hard way. No present candidate running in 2008 is going to have it handed to them on a silver platter, they will bite and claw their way to the top as the founders intended. The Supreme Court appointed Bush president after Karl Rove figured out the politics and his father raised the warchest. If the United States makes it to January 20th, 2009 it should consider very itself lucky. Past countries didn't fair too well with the cream of the C- crop.

    September 7, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  10. Michael Stricklen, Manchester NH

    It's past time for the citizens of this nation to rise up and kick his ass out of office. This remark is disgraceful and wrongheaded. Unfortunately, the behavior of this president is repeating pattern: disgraceful and wrongheaded. Come on January 2009!

    September 7, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  11. Donald, Concord, NH

    I say give him a weapon and stick him in a humvee convoy on patrol at night and see if he still thinks "we're kicking ass". What an arrogant jerk.

    September 7, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  12. David, Hopkinsville, KY

    The only asses that are getting kicked are the American citizens by having all of our jobs sent to other countries. What happens to our country when all of our jobs are gone? The Iraq war is a huge waste of taxpayer money.

    September 7, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  13. John, San Diego, CA

    Amen President Bush! Let's kick Iran's ass next!

    September 7, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. Anonymous, Dayton, Ohio

    I feel sorry for someone that is in complete denial. Likewise, I feel sorry for George. He wants things to be different but they're not. The war is draining our President, our soldiers, and our lives as American citizens. In my 55 years. I've never seen our country at such a low point.

    September 7, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  15. Frank Johnson, Buffalo, NY

    Once again, our ever-so-brave president likes to claim that 'WE'RE' doing something. Wake up, George! You're sitting in your comfortable chair, along with all of your 'Bushies,' while young men and women are dying abroad. The president's seeming desire to go down in history as the 'war president' will forever be overshadowed by the simple fact that he was too cowardly to serve his country in Vietnam. His continuing swagger about the mess he created in the middle east only serves to underscore just how out of touch with reality he is.

    September 7, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  16. Tom D, Nashville, TN

    It's statements like that which cause the enemy to want to kill more of our soldiers. Sometimes it's better to just be quiet than to run your mouth like Georgie is doing.. What a dunce.

    September 7, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  17. Phobe Moon, Mooresville, NC

    It occured to me just yesterday why more people aren't completely horrified by Mr. Bush. Most people have never dealt with or known a clinically insane person. They have no idea how "crazy" people function,the behaviors, the cues. So while Mr. Bush' responses might seem "odd" at times (as in this instance. Really what world leader has EVER talked like this?) people put it down to something more comforting than having a madmad with his finger on the button of a nuclear bomb.

    His remaining supporters generally fall into two camps: unintelligent and/or willfully ignorant men who are uncertain of both their intelligence and masculinity and therefore need to be on the "winning side" so their utter wrongness will not be evident to the world at large. The other segment: the apathetically average middle-American who is so disconnected from anything outside their worldview that they don't see what many concerned and rational people do: George W. Bush is mentally ill. He is a sociopath as is evidenced every time says what he "thinks" is appropriate for the situation.

    He has no real connection to his inner processes. He can't feel sympathy or empathy for others and so he does his best to "gladhand" his way through situations requiring some degrees of self-reflexiveness.

    Americans should not be embarassed by this President, they should be horrified.

    September 7, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  18. M. Seyrig Houston, Texas

    With comments like this Bush shows himself for what he is – a pom-pom boy.

    Some people never grow up – they just grow old.

    September 7, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  19. GEORGE FLOYD RICHMOND,VA

    Bush needs a reality check.After all this time he still wants the american public to think that this war was needed.He is so out of touch with reality. Thank GOD when he is out of the White House and can go back to TEXAS and be the cowboy he wants to be.

    September 7, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  20. Brian, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Ladies and gentlemen, the kindergartner-in-chief.

    September 7, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  21. Anonymous

    yes but who's ass are they kicking?

    September 7, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  22. Tommie27

    Yeah He's "KICKIN' ASS"!!! The American Peoples ass–My Ass–Your Ass–HE WILL EVEN BE KICKIN' OUR GRANDKIDS ASS LONG AFTER HE IS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!

    September 7, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  23. Karen, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

    Hillary in 2008!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  24. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Why, that's fantastic news! You media types should have reported it sooner. If ass has been kicked, it won't be long until whoop-ass cans are opened. From there it will be a short step to a good cod wallopin' for each and every insurgent. We'll send 'em home wit' a rupture.

    September 7, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  25. Tim, Brooklyn, NY

    "Kicking ass"? But I swore I once heard him say "mission accomplished".

    September 7, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
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