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

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  1. Sue, Wauchula, Fl.

    Shaking my head again. Was just reading the headlines of 7 more U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq today. The only thing coming close to his statement would be his asinine mentality in speaking such. The cowboy struts again and is no rhinestone one.

    September 7, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. Dave Jones

    Why can't we have a president that we can be proud of?

    September 7, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. Kay Wood, Reading PA

    What a fool.

    September 7, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. dave, marietta ohio

    "it takes one to know one" a familiar old phrase

    who's ass are we kickin'? the question was raised

    is it wise to claim victory in a war thats gone south?

    and how long before george notices the foot in his mouth?

    how asses must be kicked for the world to have peace?

    maybe just his then we'll all find relief!

    September 7, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. you probably will not post it anyway

    bush and his general puppet dancing on a string but the utterances of complete idiots.

    September 7, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. p-brain, Bucyrus, OH

    I don't know why you people are so upset with the language. This high school quarterback is only trying to pep up his team. Oh, pardon me. I thought I was posting to the sports page.

    September 7, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. Karen, New York

    I am amazed at some of the outrage the righties here have expressed at the consensus that the man is a disaster. They use derogatory terms, challenge people's sexual orientation, express jubilation at the number of innocent people who have died in the process, refuse to acknowledge the lies that got us into this mess (and the power of those who lied) and generally think the President is up to his job.

    I don't think he is. I think he ought to go back and start drinking again rather than pretending to be President. Kicking ass my ass. He is kicking the Constitution. He is kicking our reputation. He is a disaster and I would love to see him relegated to the position of an unfortunate burp in our history.

    September 7, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  8. KD, Dallas, TX

    Amy, your response to ThirstyJon was right on the mark.

    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."

    Amy wrote:
    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.

    Posted By Amy, Florida

    I couldn't have said this better; as well as the rest of your comments. It amazes me how uninformed some people are. Those are the same people that voted Bush into office twice and our country will suffer the ramifications of his actions for many, many years to come. His "kick some ass" mentality is an insult to our country. I also work for public education and in no way would a comment like that ever be acceptable in a professional setting. We are supposed to have a role model as president, not some cowboy with adolescent mentality. I am very embarassed and wish I could just close my eyes and ears as well. Yes, I too keep them open for fear of what being ignorant could cause, but the wish to escape what Bush has put our country through is so true with me. Those that think Iraq is a fight against Bin Ladin are so clueless. Recent news from there does not indicate progress being made. So many, many Iraqi lives have been ruined with our illegal occupation. Iraqi professionals and many others have had to move out of their country and that leaves so much vulnerabilty to what their country can achieve.

    September 7, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  9. d. madden, manalapan, nj

    Big deal, you never say "ass"?

    September 7, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. Brad Melbourne, FLorida

    Hmmmmm, I sent him a fax about the war in Iraq back in Jan. and used that line about my family been "kicking ass for over 200 years.." Guess he read it huh?

    September 7, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  11. Kimberly, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Mr. Bush lives in an imaginary world of "imminent threats", "weapons of mass destruction", and "duct tape and plastic". Why is anyone suprised that he doesn't see the reality of his mass destruction in Iraq, and the fact that he placed our country and our military sons and daughters in a place we never should have been? The mess was created by Bush, and he wants our tax dollars and our sons and daughters to clean up his horrific act of war on an innocent country.

    9/11 was not the plan or deed of Iraq. "War on terror" ended when Bush detoured from Afghanistan and pursuit of Bin Laden to mass destroy Iraq. Now he begs for our money and our kids to make his mistake look a little better.

    This president should have been tossed out of office long ago and our military withdrawn from Iraq. As long as we invade and then appear to control another country, things will not improve. Our press doesn't mention the millions of refugees forced from Iraq altogether into neighboring countries. Bush is the biggest mess on two legs. I am ashamed that he ever represented our nation and that he attacked a country without threat or provocation. That was the work of a full fledged coward.

    September 7, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Cpl Diaz USMC

    I think everyone back home should be thanking Mr. Bush and the troops around the world for what he/we are doing.
    No matter what I will always stand next to someone that has the balls to face anything like we are doing here in Iraq!. Just think about this; Total War VS Total Peace... There will never be Peace in this Earth! and what Mr. Bush is doing, he is preventing Total War!!! you know what this mean??? You know all the terrorist cells are currently working together to promote fear among civilians and what are we doing?? take a guess there people! yeah we are eliminating the ones who will try to cause Total war later in the future...which would be right around the corner if we dont work together!!! everything is happening for a reason people. "In order to accomplish anything, greater things will be lost" If you get offended by my comment I'm really sorry for being a weak person.


    September 7, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  13. Lutz, Munich Germany

    Bush has done damage to your country which can yet not even be estimated..

    During his presidency, nations all over the world have been constantly receiving the message through your President that the US is a 'arrogant, hostile, immoral, ill-educated' nation and it will take decades to change that image, which is now so well planted in minds of millions of people around the globe.

    And exactly this is the problem; noone can translate this intangible damage into a meaningful $ number; but rest assured it's worth several years of US GDP. GOOD JOB!

    September 7, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. John C Marietta, GA

    "SO WHATTTTT!!!!! Thank god he said whats on his mind and thank god for a real person. Thats how real people talk. Whatever your position on the war and thoughts of the president, we've gone mad and so robotic that anything UNPOLISHED and unscripted is outlandish. I wonder if Truman or Kenedy ever said something like this. You bet they did and its refreshing to hear sound clips like that today."

    The reaction of the 28%r's is even worse than the comment. These idiots don't even get it here. The problem is not that he "talked Texan tuff" or used the word "ass". The problem is the complete ignorance of the statment.

    Anyone that still supports this man is a complete idiot and should be rounded up and sent to Gittmo for the sake of the Gene pool.

    That would be kicking some ass!

    September 7, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. wondering

    where are the comments posted on the seventh??

    September 7, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. Paul, Huntington Woods, Michigan

    Bottom Line: With the second term of our "Fearless Leader" well into its assumed death spiral, this blood soaked 'Ice Cream Cowboy' soundly represents the true spirit of this Imperial Corporate U.S. Empire.

    September 7, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  17. Chuck Woolery

    And if the dems take over the White House, the new expression will be, "We're going to get our ass kicked! Please don't hurt or offend the terrorists!"

    September 7, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. Heather, Crownsville Maryland

    Yes, Bush is still playing with toy soldiers and watching reruns of Gunsmoke. A terrible combination for a President. He has about as much finesse and brains as the piles of dog mess in my backyard.

    September 7, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Michael, Richmond VA

    Who's ass is being kicked? Our guys? Iraqi civilians? Iraq as a whole? Our international reputation?

    This idiot needs to take his blinders off and stop beliving his own propaganda!

    September 7, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Apri, Chattanooga, TN

    No Mr. Bush, we are not "kicking ass" as you say. We are sending our men and women to die for oil. We are lining yours and all the people's pockets who have a vested interest in the continuation of this war. Bin Laden, who we went to find is no where to be found, and you make a dumb comment like that. How can a man who was on dialysis at the start of 09/11 still be alive and how many bumbling FBI agents and CIA does it take to find him? I really think that we need to get our people home. I do not think that a great deal of the Iraqi people even want us there in the first place, and I think that if they are going to continue to suicide bomb, there is nothing we can do to stop someone with that sort of devotion to death. No, Mr Bush, we are not kicking ass, we are looking like fools, but you should be used to that by now.

    September 7, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. Reba, Sarasota FL

    When I read comments like this from Bush (which happens a lot), it makes me think, "Hey, maybe we shouldn't be complaining that he's taken more vacation days than any other sitting president – at least when he's on vacation he's not here to do more damage!".

    September 7, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. joseph, armada, michigan

    How many american lives will this stupid comment cost, remember when he told the iraqi's to bring it on, now we have almost 4000 dead and so many wounded, and he also said the mission was accomplished. I am sure the grunt in the dessert sighs each time our president opens his mouth knowing the iraqi's will accept payment for such comments with american blood and wounded.

    September 7, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. Kent, Sarasota, FL

    Oh yea! Whooo, hooo, baby – we are "kicking ass!"

    Yeah, that's right – he has kicked America's ass to the curb – destroying the bill of rights, habeus corpus,torturing as par the course (great American values!) illegal invasions of countries which were not threat, 2 million people displaced, up to a million dead, depleted uranium, sectarian full on triabl warfare, no-bid contracts to Halliburton, the Carlisle group and other Bush war profiteers!

    By those standards we are getting our ass kicked here at home and abroad. I apologise to the rest of the world for such a buffoon!!!

    I turn off the tv everytime he comes on because it is so painful to hear him mangle and English language.

    Enough already – quit spending our treasure on a hellhole. OUT OF IRAQ _ NOW!! Hear me Democrats??????!!!!

    September 7, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. Bill Curley, Tampa, Fl

    How interesting a country that is supposedly the best, has a delusional leader the people let say, do and spend anything.

    September 7, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. Jim Orlando, FL

    T.R., Reagan, & Bush Jr.
    3 of the best Presidents in history.

    September 7, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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