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
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  1. Melissa, Chicago, IL

    i'd like to kick his ...

    we've lost 3,750 soldiers! That isn't exactly a victory.

    September 7, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Mike, Atlanta, GA

    This is the same moron who stood before a "Mission Accomplished" banner 4 years ago. Mission Accomplished? In whose dreams?

    This is the same moron who said, "Bring it on," when our soldiers were facing a huge uprising in insurgent activity.

    And now the moron says we're kicking ass while our troops and Iraqi citizens die as a result of the violence.

    No American citizen would view this as progress or ass kicking if this were happening on US soil.

    September 7, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Dan Vandermeir, seffner fl

    As usual, Bush is STILL a moron and STILL stupid enough to pretend that if he paints a turd gold people will believe is worth something!

    September 7, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Sharon Risoldi, Rome, Italy

    What wonderful language for the president of the United States! .. the major power in the world! It just shows again WHO he is!

    September 7, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Bart, Edmonton, Alberta

    My question to you all is….. who is going to take responsibility for this war???
    Who elected this president for the second term ????
    Most of you did…. And now we all have to live with your mistake !!!!

    September 7, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Stephanie, Fresno, CA

    Kicking ass? The president is like a little boy shaking to even mutter Osama Bin Laden's namee-thus we rarely hear anything about trying to capture him. Kicking ass would have been capturing the evil person that had people invade our country. But no, now we look like idiots announcing on our US news the date that Osama will be making some announcement–that will most likely sound more intelligent than our own president. Kicking ass I guess to our dingy president equals ruining lives, instilling fear, ruining futures, ruining international relationships, ending lives, etc. How emabarrassing that he is our president and..he claims to be a Christian w/Godly values. ugghhh.

    September 7, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. sam dallas,tx

    yeah, we kicked ass in Vietnam too the point they were putting 10 to 12 year old boys in the army.

    Of course we kick ass we have the best military in the world. However you can't build a country on kicking ass.

    It's a shame we don't have the good leadership that military deserves.

    September 7, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. TrueAmerican, Republic of Texas

    Humm, maybe if you had kicked your own ass at the start, we could have left Iraq by now, but since you ignored all planning, common sense and people with knowledge, you have to use phrases to cover for your continued incompetence. You will go down in history, as the worst president ever elected, great accomplishment for an idiot.

    September 7, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. JFK

    Thats great! All our progress in Iraq has secured our borders too! I guess thats why hundreds of Mexican trucking companies can now haul freely across our borders. This coming from a President who wants to give our seaports control over to a Middle Eastern company! Who's ass is he referring to then? OURS? Seems he has forgotten about securing our homefront properly and seems to even hinder our own security to help out his Dubai friends. I know I do not feel more secure with this administration. Makes you think...

    September 7, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. MCD

    So we go over there to "save" those poor people from their ruthless dictator... last I heard over 1,000,000 Iraqis have died because of this war.... more than that have fled the country and are living in squalor in other countries. It is as if Bush is trying to rid Iraq of all Iraqis... guess that would make it easier to get his hands on all that oil.

    September 7, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Sue -- Portland Maine

    He is such an incredible embarrassment to our nation. A president should carry himself with a bit of dignity, rather than as a punk high-school kid with a vendetta. Oh how I cannot wait until the elections. Whether it be a Democrat or another Republican that wins, pretty much anyone will be better than Mr. Bush.

    September 7, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Bob, Delaware, OH

    here how does this sound...not only do we lose iraq, we are eventually defeated by al-quaida (lol) because of all this BS going on

    September 7, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Mikey Boy Dayton OH

    This is the follow-on statement to "Bring Em On".
    How embarassing, that our President is speaking this way.

    September 7, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    In reply to JonThirsty's Comments:
    I do not hold hatred for any human being but I do hold a great level of disgust where Bush is concerned for iniating this war on a false premise without any strategic plans of operation or withdrawl. And his lack of strategics subsequently dragging it out for six long years to no avail.

    Nobody I'm sure wants this (War) a term I reluctantly use, as I don't believe it is one, to fail. But let's be realistic, Bush has been reporting progress in Iraq for six long years and still Iraq is no closer to any semblance of a normal existence. And Terrorists are still at large and will continue to be.

    I believe we need to start sending the troops home. I belive their presence in Iraq is only making a violent situation worse. I believe the downsizing of the troops would initiate more responsiblility for the Iraq Military to step up and take charge. I believe it is irresponsible to put American and Nato troops in such a hostile environment where it is impossible to distinguish enemies from allies.

    Unlike JonThirsty I disagree that there is any good happening in Iraq. Further, I do not feel there is any potential presently for great things in Iraq while Ameican and Nato troops continue to occupy their Nation.

    In my view, the greatest thing that could happen in Iraq would be for their Government to take charge of the situation. Yes, America is responsible for the devastation the country is in today, but they've tried for six years to stablize to no avail. It is time they cut their loses and move on.

    I also believe Bill Clinton's statement is correct. America needs their troops home in the event that another disaster occurs on American shores. And Natio Allies need their troops home for the same reason. Fighting would be terrorists in Iraq has not proved successful it is time to change course. Military members would better serve their Nations actively protecting their own shores versus fighting factions in foreign lands who have no immediate intentions of giving up their centuries old fight.

    And to the person who commented that his greatest fear was that our next attack would be on Iran, my fear is with you along with my prayers. Let's hope By The Grace Of God Wisdom will prevail and our Nation's Leaders see the Great Peril that lies there.

    September 7, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Bob, Batavia, IL

    When are we going to remove this idiot from office?

    September 7, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Embarrassed by W, Allegan, MI

    Jason Hewitt – The person who has forgotten the planes is W. If we had devoted the troops to finding Osama, instead of creating a new safe-haven for his kind in Iraq, we would not be hearing him tout his new video. Iraq and Saddam were not involved in 9/11. But those who were are probably very thankful that Saddam was taken out, opening up a country to them. You must be on the same halucinagenics as W.

    September 7, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. SC (Den, CO)

    Let me start by saying that I have never been a fan of Bush. I never supported the war, and voted against bush each time.

    Can anyone actually consider that this one little comment wasn't the assessment in its entirety? He certainly feels bad about the lives lost. In context, "We're kicking ass" = "The security situation is changing. There's more work to be done. But reconciliation is taking place."

    For those of you who scoff at his choice of words, get real. Like it or not, this is everyday vernacular. Sure its inappropriate at times, but any president – even this one – knows when that is.

    September 7, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    What should anyone expect from a High School cheerleader?

    September 7, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Kim, Midland MI

    What I would like to know is if he grabbed his package while he said this?

    Republicans are foaming at the mouth to show how they will plunge ever further into this morass, just to uphold America's honor.

    Its macho posturing like this that is leading to more and more women being elected to high office throughout the world, at least in the places where they are not considered chattel.

    Only men fight for honor. Women fight to win. If you have ever been divorced you know what I am saying is true.

    September 7, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Mike, New Orleans Louisiana

    What an embarassment for intelligent Americans.

    September 7, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. ekaterina lavrinova, Katy Tx

    What a complete and utter Idiot. I have never seen anyone at this lever so completely stupid. Who are these people that voted for this clown?

    September 7, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Erik from Plainsboro, NJ

    For most of the comments on this blog, I have a few things to say. Let me start off with "You sicken me." Now, I do not agree with some of the policies that this administration has put in place. Particularly, I don't agree with the way the war has been handled in Iraq. But that does not give anyone the right to hurl insults at someone. You go on about saying how adolescent he sounds when making these comments, but don't realize that insulting him actually puts yourself beneath him in the view of most people. You are not in his shoes. You may not know all the information needed to make the decisions he has had to make.

    We've lost respect for our fellow man in this day and age. You think that you have the right to criticize and humiliate the person next to you if he does not believe in what you believe in. Personally, I think this country is going straight to hell and you people are leading the charge there.

    September 7, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Garrett New York

    Yeah George, tell that to over 3,000 families who have lost loved ones over this farce !!!

    September 7, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Robert Brodowski, Liverpool, NY

    "Kicking Ass?" Has this just been one war game for Mr. Bush?

    September 7, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    P.S.–What Gospel message of Jesus' did Bush draw from to come up with that one? He "knows" a differant Father than the one I know through the message of Jesus.

    September 7, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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