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. Max

    Bush know how to handle things and the liberals hate him for it. Nice to see someone talk straight these days. And he's right, and that's another reason why liberals hate him.

    Posted By Bostn, MA : September 6, 2007 7:37 pm

    Seriously – how is his comment about us kicking ass in Iraq talking straight. Apparently to some of you straight talk does not mean telling the truth. Most of us call itspeaking with a forked tongue and we don't expect that from our President.

    September 7, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    "There's more work to be done. But reconciliation is taking place." The place is on the brink of a civil war, Pakistan and Iran are going to ride the wave and he sees "reconciliation"? I have no confidence in this administration to do anything worthwhile in the middle east or repair any of the damage it's done. It's up to us.

    September 7, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Doc, Montello, Nevada

    I can forgive his use of a vulgarity. It's not unique to George W. – Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, even FDR were all been known to cuss regularly, at least in private. And let's not forget Hillary, the queen of the potty mouths. However, the man is clearly delusional. I am blessed to speak several languages, Arabic included, so am able to read on line what the rest of the world thinks about us. It ain't pretty folks. And pathetic attempts at bravado like this only make it worse. We have been seriously trashed by this idiot.

    September 7, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Anonymous


    September 7, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Eva McLeod, Little Rock, AR

    In what dream world is this idiot of a president living in?

    September 7, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Jason, Austin, Texas

    Here's the thing- half the country voted for this guy. So he's really just a reflection of half of our country.

    September 7, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Ed, Baton Rouge, LA

    "We're kicking ass"? Are you kidding me?!?

    I live in a military community. Nearly a quarter of the families on my street have someone serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. I have seen the toll this "war on terror" has taken on these men and women and their families. I will NEVER say anything to disrespect these brave Americans who chose to serve their country. But this President is treating them like pawns in a macabre chess game.

    I consider myself a centrist, and I think Democrats and Republicans have equal amounts of blood on their hands. But Bush is the one pushing this war in an effort to secure his legacy. He honestly seems to believe that history will vindicate the decisions he has made. The word "delusional" doesn't begin to describe how wrong he is.

    The Iraqi government has shown neither the ability nor the desire to take the lead in running their own country. America's most precious resource, our men and women, are being destroyed both physically and emotionally... all to protect a group of people that largely don't want us there.

    Yet, Bush sticks to his guns, exhibiting a stubborness that the Far Right would call true leadership. Burying your head in the sand and refusing to face reality isn't leadership... it is utter ignorance. The only way to bring our people home and end this mess is to IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT... NOW. You need to contact your elected representatives and DEMAND they take action.

    This isn't about politics, despite what the Fox News and Air America's of the world tell you. This is about saving the lives of our family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

    This President wants you to believe we are fighting the terrorists there so we don't have to fight them here. All his policies have done is create a new army of terrorists who want nothing more than to cause the destruction of America and our way of life.

    In that way, President Bush has become a greater terrorist than Bin Laden could ever dream to be.

    September 7, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Bob, Des Moines, IA

    The surge is working, but the Dem's refuse to believe it. Why are they so invested in the defeat of America? Their own representatives have admitted that success in Iraq would be "problematic" for them. Their treasonous actions must not be ignored.

    September 7, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. James NYC NY

    Could someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep this man away from the microphone.
    "No, George Bush is not smarter than a 5th grader and everyone knows it!"
    Every tine he opens his mouth it's an embarrassment to our whole country.

    September 7, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Lou, Miami Florida

    to: Michael W, Orlando FL

    And yes by the way I do pray every day on my own time and my own turf and one of the things I pray for it's that people with good sense will get power and that people like you will stop preaching like only Republicans and BUSH loyalists own GOD. STOP IT! Democrats do care deeply for this country and we can stand how the GOP high jacked “Family values theme” to then rape it with lies upon lies. So many disgraceful members of you party preaching like Larry Craig, David Vitter, Mark Foley, Bob Allen, Ted Klaudt, Ted Haggard, Glenn Murphy and Newt Gingrich to mention a few and then doing exactly opposite to what they are preaching… STOP IT we do not buy it….

    September 7, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Could someone please do us all a favor and kick HIS ass?

    We are "kicking ass" so well that we lost over 3,700 of our servicemen/women (just today 7 more have died) and what can one possibly say to justify the deaths of thousands of civilians.

    The guy is pathetic......

    September 7, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. CW, Memphis, TN

    May I remind you that this is something he said off the record. He would not have said that in public. Just like there is a difference when you are standing next to the water cooler talking to your coworkers and when you are discussing projects in a meeting (or trying to use "big words" when posting a comment to sound more intelligent.) We have the first ammendment, however.

    September 7, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Eddy Pulido, Provo, Utah

    The fact that some Americans actually believe that the American Military are purposely killing innocent people is just ludicrous. Where's the financial benefit to us, as they claim? Last time I heard, we've sank billions of our dollars into Iraq, and we pay over 120% more for gasoline. Those who oppose the war in Iraq, albeit it being a fixable mistake, are the ones enjoying their nice cup of hot Java, watching or reading the news, because they know the military is covering their backs. What a bunch of hypocrites. Even though I'm not an American, I want to thank those in the military for defending us from these crazy lunatic Islamic fundamentalists, aka: terrorists; in particular, for those who have given their lives for this beautiful country that I now call home.

    September 7, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Mitchell Ross, Baltimore, MD

    George Bush's mistakes are breaking the back of the US mlitary and alienting the world for our Nation. Yeah, that's kicking ass. What a fool.

    September 7, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. dw, ny

    We are not supposed to be kicking ass. We are supposed to be restoring order! What happened Bush??? You forgot about that just like you forgot about Osama HUH!!!! What a sham!!! What a mockery!!

    September 7, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Great, now if we can get the Democratic presidential candidates and media to jump on board we should be just fine.

    I know this is too much to ask given the fact that the Democratic candidates need Iraq to go badly in order for them to have a chance to win. However, I would hope that they would somehow realize that the safety and security of our country is a little more important that their political careers. Given Hillary's recent statements on the matter, I know this is a pipedream.

    I have no hope for the media because let's face it, success to them just doesn't get the same ratings.

    September 7, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. proud2bliberal

    "Have any of you Bush haters ever wondered whether the war would already be over if you would stand up for your country and it's leader and present a unified front to our enemies? A nation united is unstoppable. A nation divided will indeed fail. Or is that what you all are praying for. Sorry, forgot…most of you don't understand what praying is.

    Posted By Michael W, Orlando FL : September 7, 2007 10:51 am"

    Oh my God!! This is the dumbest comment ever!! The insurgents are killing our soldiers because we live in a free society where we have freedom of speech and some of us are saying mean things about the president.. So Michael, should we not be free to criticize our leaders???? I'm confused, because Iraqi's couldn't speak out against their leader and I thought we were fighting to liberate the Iraqi's so that they kwould have the same freedom's that we enjoy???
    Waht a good game plan that you have; we'll prayer that they stop killing our soldiers and start to like us.

    September 7, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Jeff Old Bridge,NJ

    We sure are.We're responsible for the death of more than 600,000 dead Iraqi's so far.Heck,most of them are women and children.If you really step it up George,you can kill enough of them so that there won't be any more Iraqi's left after we kill the present generation.
    If you try EXTRA HARD you can still catch Adolph Hitler for second place on the all-time list of mass murderers.However,you'd have to go nuclear to catch Stalin but I wouldn't put it past you.

    September 7, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Nikole - Lubbock, TX

    I'm so embarrassed and ashamed of him.
    We seriously need someone besides a Clinton or Bush in office. I'm 30 and don't remember ever having a president without one of those last names. This can't be good. What are we as Americans thinking????

    September 7, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Alex, Brookfield, Wisconsin

    I think that Bush is right we really are kicking ass. But its people that get all mad over a person like them, a normal everday person just with a better job then them, saying a sware they have to get all mad and complain about it like they have never said a sware to any of there friends before. I think that people have to look at what is really going on and not point out the little things like, oh he said a sware so he's a rude cowboy and other things like that its just stupid.

    September 7, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. John, Houston, Texas

    Just a quick reminder here- initially, we went into Iraq because they had “weapons of mass destruction”. When this justification didn’t pan the spin doctors changed tact and stated we were now freedom fighters. The simple fact is that young men and women are dying on both sides so that the coffers of the elite can be re-filled. What is amazing is how the American press simply regurgitated this “spoon fed” information without even questioning the obvious slight of hand being pulled. I found this both illuminating and terrifying. In my opinion, this is more dangerous to the long term survival of our precious democracy than the current fool we have as a president.

    September 7, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Mary, Jacksonville, FL

    Insentive jerk – the worst president this country has ever had! Why doesn't he just line our troops up and shoot them, instead of deploying them and having their lives cut short in a nation that doesn't even want them there. He needs our prayers.

    September 7, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. fasteddie, nyc

    It is so surreal that an American president with dubious political qualifications, who has done his best to "dumb down America", could be this crude in an era when sensitivity and diplomacy should be the course of the day

    September 7, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Karen orlando, fl.

    To Michael W. from Orlando,
    You've figured out how to win this war!! All we have to do is stop exercising our freedom of speech and we win. Woo Hoo!! Have you told the CIA about this?
    What you have failed to grasp is that we are a united country in that we ALL support our troops. I wonder if you were such a 'stand behind our President' kind of guy when Congress was trying to impeach Clinton???

    September 7, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Velma, Windham Maine

    OK...not a big supporter of President Bush. However, who cares if he swore. People have to get a grip. He's human. Those of you who never said "ass" please sit on your hands and stop typing.

    September 7, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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