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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soundoff (712 Responses)
  1. Kyle, Roslyn, Pennsylvania

    Curse as much as u want..get the job done

    September 7, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. KANSAS CITY, MO

    Well, Well....I love how judgemental all you self-righteous Americans are. You're living the American dream and then biting the hands that feed you. I am sorry, but to all of you that believe our President is greedy....look at the lives you're living. You are all judgemental hypocrites...you read this article by our corrupt media, expect it to be automatically true, and then leap at the opportunity to make yourselves feel better by bashing our President. It's ridiculous. If any one of you is perfect, then by all means, take the jab, but you're not, so leave it be.

    September 7, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Luis, Miami FLorida

    This is the man the American people send to the White House not once but twice? he is so crass and low...

    people are dying EVERY DAY and he call it "kicking ass"

    Just when I think W has bottom up he goes and does it again...

    September 7, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Most of these comments are so uneducated and filled with hatered. Wake up people. WAR is not easy but necessary. We are "kicking ass" and I like the president for sticking to what is right for OUR country.

    September 7, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Michael Strange Asheville, NC

    Somebody wake me when he's impeached, finished his term, or held to account; I need a van Winkle nap.

    September 7, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Chris, Schaumburg Illinois

    Maybe it's time to stop our internal dialogue...and consider, just consider, that Mr. Bush could very-well be the worst President of all time.

    September 7, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Matt, Sarasota, Florida

    Such a clown.

    September 7, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. James Jennings, Hot Springs, AR

    Is George watching the same war we are? I think he thought he was watching the news, but in reality was watching the classic movie channel and seeing John Wayne singlehandedly win WWII.

    September 7, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Clyde, Valpo, IN

    I got lured into clicking on CNN.com just to see if they had the political balance to post the story about Clinton/Democrat finance front man Hsu fleeing his court appearance and getting arrested by the FBI yesterday. Low and behold, not a word anywhere on the website. Then I read this Bush bashing non-story and all these comments. I just laugh. Gee, I wonder what was coming out of Clinton's mouth when he was exercising his arm and talking on the phone to Monica while charming Hillary was sleeping upstairs in the White House. Bush is in a war against terrorist while Clintons are in a war of sexual depravity.

    September 7, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Tim, Lexington, KY

    What a complete fool.

    We're sorry world, sometimes we elect an idiot (twice). Our system is setup so that we get rid of them fairly quickly. Only one more year of this fool, we promise.

    September 7, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Rodney Dallas TX

    In words he may understand.....What a DOOFUS!

    September 7, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Alex, Dallas TX

    I am finally impressed by you folks (who may or may not have voted for this idiot) demonstrating your frustration towards this most destructive individual. I don't personally know anyone, who before the "war", said something like "lets just start it and get it over with"... but you know who you are. The "affirmative" comments on this list are clearly from those who are in some sort of tunnel and are incapable (not that there is anything wrong with that, just please don't vote) of seeing what is really happening to us, our families, friends and loved ones, and the rest of the world. It is also clear that virtually all of this "administrations" international (much less local) policies have failed... therefore, I don't mind at all the "We're kicking ass" comment. That's all he can say, other than "I quit".

    September 7, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Sean B

    After reading the posts from all the other idiots that are bashing Bush for his statements show how messes up this STUPID nation is.... Id dare anyone of the bush bashers to sit in his seat and see how well you do as president. There is more to it that meets ANYONE's eye. Id bet the ones that bash bush for that statement has kids that are totally terrors and untolerable.

    September 7, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    What I find really disturbing is the deafening silence from the presidential candidates, Reps or Dems.

    I sure would like their comments on this, but it looks like they are afraid to say anything, one way or another.

    Common candidates, grow a pair and speak out.

    September 7, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Melissa, Chestertown, MD

    Our president is a complete moron. How utterly tasteless and tacky to say something like that. Who does he think he is, John Wayne??? His last day in office can not come soon enough.

    September 7, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Tom, Austin, Tx.

    George W.(orthless)is living in a fantasyland made up in his own mind. This make believe Texan/Cowboy should have his kicked for making a statement so foolish.

    September 7, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Anonymous

    heee hawww! now get out da tractor! He is an embarassment to the country and to the world.

    September 7, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Joe, Wayland, NY

    Mr. President: You either an outright LIAR or totally DELUSIONAL. Which is it?

    Sadly, we live in a world where information and facts are at our fingertips. We have access to satellite feeds, 24 hour news, and still a politician is able to say "black is white and white is black" and practically no one thinks anything of it. (I want to run down the road screaming, "The emporer has no clothes on....)

    September 7, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Ken Wingate, Sarasota, FL

    The language used to a fellow diplomat was not that of a leader, but of a "good old boy" from Texas. Not to mention, the statement from all field accounts in the region is simply false. This man is long past due for a full psychiatric examination, and I despair in the fact that we have to endure him for another year.

    September 7, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Steph, Long Beach, CA

    Wow another brilliant comment out of our president's mouth. Impressive. And meanwhile, parents and family members pray daily for the safety of the troops–hoping they come home. And the Iraqi people continue to lose their loved ones,homes, precious artifacts and their country.Our president is lost in some freakin video game mind frame.

    September 7, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Dave

    Is this like "Mission Accomplished" and/or "Major combat operations are over" (Remember those quotes from a few years ago?)

    September 7, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Anonymous

    ahh xtina,
    It was so nice to read your heart felt comment about our men and women serving in the military. I can't help but remember one of your previous comments about the Democratic party being the party of 'Allah' and how about how they run from a fight and pander to terrorist. Remember that one???Well my brother fought in Irag and he was a staunch democrat, very liberal on social issues,and he did not care much for our President but he respected him and was proud to serve his country none the less. I use the word 'was' because he was killed in Iraq in 2004. So tell me, was he running from a fight and pandering to terrorist????
    I know you would like to think that our military is made up solely of Republicans but keep in mind that our military is more diverse than you might think it is. You know, there are probably even, dare I say it, gays over in Iraq fighting to liberate the Iraqi's. I can't help but wonder, are you really praying for ALL of our soldiers? After reading some of your devisive hate filled comments, I really can't help but wonder...

    September 7, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. GenX, Kansas

    You've got to be kidding me. What an embarrassment he is to Americans everywhere. Can't wait 'til '08.

    September 7, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Jim, White City, KS

    Yupe, kicking ass in Iraq. Never said that anyone could stand up to our military. Problem is how do you take these tactical victories and consolidate them into a strategic victory?

    Unless the Iraqi's form a stable functioning government, a professional military, a competant police force and take control of their own destiny, kicking ass is not going to acheive anything except more American lives, and yes more Iraqi lives too.

    So lets see, our military has defeated the Iraqi Army, overthrown the government of Saddam, occupied all of Iraq and this administration has failed to acheive victory, am I missing something. It appears that the administration is doing everything within their power to snatch defeat from the jaws of a major military victory. The objectives of this war were what, the defeat of the Iraqi military, the destruction of a nonexistant WMD program and the replacement Saddam. Seems we have acheived all the the objectives that were set forth and we are still there. It appears someone did not define what would constitute end mission before committing our forces to war.

    September 7, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Jessica, Atlanta GA

    I wonder how comments like that makes the families and friends of the fallen soldiers feel. I look at the cnn list of fallen soldiers everyday so that I can get just a small glimpse of the price that is being paid, maybe the president needs to do the same. If any soldiers are reading this my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    September 7, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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