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. J Houston, TX

    Hundreds of thousands have not died in Iraq. Not even close. Quit lying.

    We are kicking ass, and if we weren't fighting terrorism abroad, we'd be fighting it here. The question is "why haven't we won yet" not "why did we go to war." For anyone who thinks America didn't want this war, you are gravely confused and likely a Democrat trying to pull political clout. The fact is, most of this country supported the war at the start, they are now war weary with good reason to be so.

    September 6, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. jeremyt, Bris, QLD

    Who cares?? I'm glad we are kicking arse. And Syria and Hezballah SHOULD stop this s***.

    Bush tells it how it is. I'm so glad we don't have to listen to the same old academic wankery that some politicians come up with to try to explain something so simple.

    September 6, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Badonkadonk, Houston, Texas

    woohoo Go Army, Airforce, Navy & Marines!

    September 6, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Don, OR

    Christ this man would be laughable were he not so stupid and dangerous.

    September 6, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Ron, Champaign, IL

    "reconciliation is taking place"=Shiites are killing or driving away all the Sunni's in Baghdad so after the ethnic cleansing is done then things will be better, except the Shiites factions will then probably turn to killing each other – lots more ass kicking to come!

    September 6, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Dennis, San Francisco, CA

    "Kicking ass"??? Could this boob at least PRETEND to be presidential? And this on the heels of comparing Iraq to Vietnam. Yeah, we kicked ass there too. Perhaps he should take a short walk to the Vietnam Memorial. And yes I was in the military between '69 & '73 and those of us who were remember what a fiasco that was.

    September 6, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. nathan, gilbert AZ

    oh my god. come on. we all curse and bush does too. GET OVER IT! what has news come to? i hate bush, but i feel sorry for him because everytime he mutters a curse word he gets a news story written about him on cnn. this seriously lowers my opinion of this site.

    September 6, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Moriah Tampa, Florida

    President Bush makes me feel ashamed sometimes to live in America.
    We constantly go over to other countries and kick down their doors for no reason. But their excuse is they're checking for weapons of mass destruction. We still have no right to charge in like we own the place. Other countries don't come into ours to check if we do. So what gives us the right? All we're doing is exterminating our country slowly by sending us to Iraq where all that happens is we're killed in car bombs and suicide missions. Then we bribe men to join the army by giving them $20,000 but these men aren't even fit enough so our troops can't even last 5 minutes. How is that ass kicking? Iraq is kicking our ass and the president just wants to hide it from us so we don't panic. He should be a "man" and tell us the truth. Our troops are weak, which makes us lose more men.

    This is just a load of crap.

    September 6, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Pete. Fernandina Beach, Florida

    This is typical of a "Commander in Chief" that never saw a day of combat or can even produce his entire military record. What a surprise when our military is allowed to engage we are successful. We can occupy forever losing some mythical acceptable number of soldiers daily or work out a political solution and allow our finest citizens, our military to come home. They have "Kicked Ass" twice now. Grow UP!

    September 6, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Mandy, Tampa, Florida

    Our armed services act as shield and sword. As far as shield and swords go, we definitely have the best, most able to “kick ass” there is, something for which I am very, very thankful. But as far as people wielding the shield and sword go, we probably have one of the most incompetent, least kick-ass of all time (i.e. Bush).

    September 6, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. john p breen, freeport, new york

    President Bush is out of control and continues to be completely oblivious to the facts, i.e., the NIE report, the GAO report, reporters on the ground in Iraq, etc. At some point, he needs to be held accountable for his continued incompetence and refusal to be truthful with himself and the American people. His behavior is unacceptable.

    September 6, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Well it looks like we won't have to wait for Gen. Petraeus' report since Bush has already announced "we're kicking ass".

    September 6, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Clint, Menlo Park, CA

    Another completely insensitive, inappropriate and inaccurate comment from our incompetent and insane leader.

    Were we kicking ass when some of our people shot up a bunch of Iraqi women, and children? Are we kicking ass when we torture prisoners? Are we kicking ass when the government we set up is half gone?

    Someone should kick Bush's ass. If given the opportunity, I would be first in line.

    September 6, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Rob R., Chicago, IL

    Word now has it that Osama bin Laden will be addressing us this September 11. Suppose **he'll** be talking about whose posterior's been punted?

    Silly ignorant loudmouthed schmuck.

    September 6, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Dave, St. Clairsville, OH

    I'm certain that the civil Iraqi's who are fleeing their country as refugees, and who have been left for other countries to deal with, feel like they've had their asses kicked. The President needs to talk with Huckabee to discuss the new 'we broke it we bought it' foreign policy.

    September 6, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |


    September 6, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    While "We're kicking ass" in Iraq, Osama bin Laden has been laughing his ass off for the last six years in Pakistan or where ever.

    Of course George Bush is too dense to realize how humiliated this makes him and the U.S. look.

    How come Senator Obama is the ONLY presidential candidate who has, until today, talked about getting bin Laden?

    September 6, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Cindy Stevens

    We're kicking ass? Ok what kinda of drugs is this man on and where can I get some? I'll need them just to get thru the rest of his term. Hell, the whole country will need them, just to get thru. Ok so that brings me to a National Health Care program, oh God don't get me started......

    September 6, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    This badmouthing of President and his party took us "the most arrogant nation" on the planet and its going to take lot of time for the next president to change the impression among other nations. Let's "kick ass" this corrupt, scandalus, and arrogant party in 2008.

    September 6, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. mark, davis, ca

    may god save us from this fricking idiot. don't forget folks–he's still got that scary *martial law* card to play if he wants to stay in his sicko-power forever!!

    September 6, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Winifred Johnston, San Mateo, CA

    Earth to G. W. Bush-You're the PRESIDENT. Give us a break and start talking like a president, not like a teenage football coach.

    September 6, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Oh my God!, what an idiot

    September 6, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Lisa, San Diego, CA

    Is he serious? How smug. Thank God this incompetent boob is leaving, although not soon enough!

    September 6, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Ed

    Good deal! I'm glad he's starting to tell it like it is and not kissing the lefts ignorant butts! Go Dubyah!

    September 6, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. like it or not branson

    Shoulda kicked dat booty 'bout three years ago as soon as that statue fell.

    And, c'mon, everyone here makes like he's the first guy to ever say a bad word.

    September 6, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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